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Testing Your Business for Invisible Mold

7/22/2021 (Permalink)

Close-up of person hand wearing gloves measuring wetness of a moldy wall Mold testing

Mold grows anywhere moisture and oxygen both reside. This is often visible in areas such as near water pipes, on carpet or near walls. If there is a strange musty smell or water damage but no mold to be seen, you may have mold lurking somewhere out of sight. Leaving it unattended allows it to spread everywhere it can and become more of a nuisance. Luckily, an indoor environmental specialist can assist in locating any mold at your business.

Where Water Runs, Mold Can Hide

Mold growth can be in unknowingly wet areas of your commercial property. There are several locations where mold often hides:

  • Behind wallpaper
  • Behind removable panels
  • Above ceiling tiles with leaky pipes or roofing
  • Under carpet or padding
  • Under porous liners of ducts
  • Around drain pains inside the building’s HVAC
  • Behind mostly stationary furniture

While it is hard to identify these by sight, a professional mold test is adequate for figuring out which hiding place your mold problem has chosen.

Specialists Who Know Mold Can Find It

With scientific protocols, mold can be found by an indoor environmental specialist no matter where it is. Using technology such as a digital hygrometer, the specialist evaluates the moisture in the air around porous building materials such as drywall and wood.

If the hygrometer is not enough to locate the problem, he or she will use an infrared camera to look for hidden moisture with thermal imaging. The specialist’s methodology and expert use of the tools will locate the mold to allow you to act upon the problem.

Experts Who Know Mold Can Eradicate It

Once the indoor environmental specialist has identified the problem, the burden of cleanup falls back to you. Fortunately, there are professional mold cleanup companies that can ensure the area is free of mold and remains inhabitable to further mold growth. Mold should only be invisible at your Ft. Meyers Beach, FL, business, not because you don’t know it’s there. It should be invisible because it’s nonexistent.

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