Mold Inspection New York City and Mold Testing New York City
Professional mold testing and inspection services should only be conducted by an industry-certified and experienced company with the background and merits that promote consistent quality. The inspectors at Indoor-Restore Environmental Services have the expertise needed to properly conduct mold and allergen sampling, leak detection, moisture testing, mold inspection and other condition assessment services at your property.
When the indoor environmental conditions are ideal (i.e. when the temperature, humidity and other factors are within range) mold can begin forming in various places around a property. Quite often the location of mold is not visible to occupants of the property, existing within a wall, behind cabinetry or in an attic or crawlspace.
While temperature and other factors contribute to an ideal environment for mold growth, moisture is the primary cause of mold growth. Often the source of a moisture problem within a property is unknown. Some common causes of water within a home's building material: plumbing leak, faucet leak, leak under the sink, roof leak, ceiling leak, window leak, weather stripping leak. Our methods will help locate the source of the moisture intrusion so a resolution can be sought out.
Our professional mold inspection and testing services in the New York City area include:
- Mold Testing of the Surfaces and Air (Air Quality Testing)
- Indoor Allergen Testing and Assessment
- Leak Detection and Moisture Testing
- Infrared Inspection & Survey / Infrared Thermal Imaging Assessment
- Mold Assessment and Mold Mitigation of the Property
- Water Damage Assessment and Mitigation
- Laboratory Analysis of Mold Samples Taken
- Complete Review of Findings and Laboratory Report
- Recommendations for Repair and Remediation, If Needed
With nearly 20 years of industry experience, including being an established mold training organization, Indoor-Restore Environmental Services is the leader in air quality issue detection and mold problem reporting.
A mold inspection with mold testing by a certified mold inspector provides a proper assessment of a property experiencing suspect mold growth and mold infestation. Whether it's home mold, mold and mildew in your office, or toxic mold in your industrial facility, we can determine the extent of the problem so you can make an informed decision on resolution.
Poor Indoor Air Quality in New York City
In an area with a high population density, such as New York City, it is difficult to avoid breathing potentially unhealthy air. Although pollution outdoors is considered to be dangerous, especially particulate matter, it is our indoor air that can affect us the most. In areas that have higher populations and people are required to live in close proximity to one another, a larger demographic will be affected by issues regarding poor ventilation, structural problems, and contaminant exposure. For example, a moisture problem in one apartment unit could cause water damage and mold issues for a downstairs neighbor. This is why such issues should be resolved immediately, to avoid potential mold growth or exposure to other lethal contaminants.
Since people spend nearly 90% of their time indoors, the quality of air inside a building is considered to be even more important to an individual’s health than the air outside. Indoor air pollution can be 10 to 15 times worse than air that exists outside. The reason for this can be traced to a variety of things. One of these is the age of a particular structure. When a structure ages, its building materials become weak. In many cases window areas can have cracked seals that allow for moisture intrusion. This moisture intrusion can eventually lead to mold growth, which can be damaging to the health of occupants. Not only that, but structures built prior to the 1980’s most likely contain asbestos and lead, both of which can be deadly to humans. Lead exposure, for example, has been found to have an extreme effect on young children, causing permanent brain damage in some cases. When these dangerous contaminants are present, it is easy for them to spread throughout a home, being inhaled by all of its occupants. Older buildings are quite prevalent in New York City, so these sorts of issues affect many residents.
As mentioned above, the contaminants that can be found inside a home include: mold, asbestos, lead, CO2 (Carbon Dioxide), radon and VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds). Mold, for example, is considered a biological contaminant that can cause a variety of health problems ranging from an allergic response to brain damage and even death. Exposure to mold can be especially bad for those with compromised immune systems, the elderly, and small children. Those will asthma can have their symptoms exacerbated by exposure to any species of mold. The other contaminants mentioned can cause a plethora of health-related issues that can be extremely damaging to a person’s health. Some of these conditions include forms of cancer, brain damage, and respiratory distress, among several others. This is why it is absolutely necessary to test the quality of your indoor environment. The proper testing can help determine if any of these contaminants are present in the air you are currently breathing. In many cases there is an underlying reason as to why said contaminants have entered your home, office, or school, and finding the origin of the problem can help in removing the contaminant completely.
Now, although older buildings can present problems to their residents, newly constructed buildings have a mess of problems all their own. One of the main issues that newer homes or apartments face in the New York City area is a problem with proper ventilation. Over 40 years ago, construction companies, in an attempt to improve sales, decided that energy efficiency was an important aspect of building construction. From that point on, generally all buildings—residential, public, business, and so forth—were built to be air-tight. This construction technique was intended to help consumers save on energy bills by sealing the buildings off from the elements, making them air-tight. The reason that this presents a problem for an indoor environment is that, like a person, a building needs to breathe. The ability to push contaminated stale air from the inside to the outside helps to improve indoor air quality. Since in newer buildings this is almost unheard of (unless of course a window is opened), an HVAC unit is the primary ventilation system in the home. This can become a problem when the HVAC unit is compromised and becomes full of contaminants. For example, if a leak persists inside a home, mold can begin to grow around the damp area in that structure. As the mold becomes airborne, spores can enter the HVAC unit and then be redistributed throughout the building. In many cases this results in a much wider contamination area. This can also happen with other contaminants, such as VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds), which come from common household cleaners. These types of contaminants can be potentially life-threatening, especially when they come in high concentrations. For residents of New York City, living in such tight quarters makes indoor air quality that much more important.
There are a few ways for New York City residents to determine if they may have poor indoor air quality. Some of these indicators can include:
- Condensation on walls or windows
- Signs of a leak, including water damaged building materials and contents
- Visible mold growth in any area of a home, office or school
- Stuffy or stale air
- Health effects that are severe when a person is inside the building, but then dissipate when the person leaves the building
- Health effects after moving into a new building
- The onset of health issues after remodeling or refurnishing
- The existence of pests, the use of tobacco products or household cleaning products, and keeping pets inside the home
- Some contaminants like CO2 or radon do not give off an odor, nor can they be seen. Special testing is necessary to determine their presence
The bustling atmosphere of the streets of New York City can sometimes distract individuals from what may be affecting them in their own homes. If you suspect that any of these contaminants are present in your home, office, or school, it is necessary to have a proper air quality analysis done. This will help ensure the safety of your indoor environment and allow you to make improvements that will result in a healthier living environment.
To learn about the potential health effects of exposure to mold and poor indoor air quality, visit the Mold & Your Health page. For other detailed information about indoor mold, visit the Mold and Allergens Resources section.
In the New York City, New York area, Indoor-Restore provides its mold inspection and mold testing services to the following New York City zip codes and areas: New York City, 10001, 10002, 10003, 10004, 10005, 10006, 10007, 10008, 10009, 10010, 10011, 10012, 10013, 10014, 10015, 10016, 10017, 10018, 10019, 10020, 10021, 10022, 10023, 10024, 10025, 10026, 10027, 10028, 10029, 10030, 10031, 10032, 10033, 10034, 10035, 10036, 10037, 10038, 10039, 10040, 10041, 10043, 10044, 10045, 10046, 10047, 10048, 10055, 10060, 10069, 10072, 10079, 10080, 10081, 10082, 10087, 10090, 10094, 10095, 10096, 10098, 10099, 10101, 10102, 10103, 10104, 10105, 10106, 10107, 10108, 10109, 10110, 10111, 10112, 10113, 10114, 10115, 10116, 10117, 10118, 10119, 10120, 10121, 10122, 10123, 10124, 10125, 10126, 10128, 10129, 10130, 10131, 10132, 10133, 10138, 10149, 10150, 10151, 10152, 10153, 10154, 10155, 10156, 10157, 10158, 10159, 10160, 10161, 10162, 10163, 10164, 10165, 10166, 10167, 10168, 10169, 10170, 10171, 10172, 10173, 10174, 10175, 10176, 10177, 10178, 10179, 10184, 10185, 10196, 10197, 10199, 10203, 10211, 10212, 10213, 10242, 10249, 10256, 10257, 10258, 10259, 10260, 10261, 10265, 10268, 10269, 10270, 10271, 10272, 10273, 10274, 10275, 10276, 10277, 10278, 10279, 10280, 10281, 10282, 10285, 10286, 10292, Bronx, Kings, New York, Queens and Richmond Counties, 212, 718, 917, 347, 646 Area Codes.
Indoor-Restore provides its certified mold inspection and mold testing services throughout the New York City area. We also have locations to serve you locally in the following areas surrounding New York City:
- Albany Mold Inspection and Testing
- Bronx Mold Inspection and Testing
- Brooklyn Mold Inspection and Testing
- Buffalo Mold Inspection and Testing
- East Village Mold Inspection and Testing
- Harlem Mold Inspection and Testing
- Hempstead Mold Inspection and Testing
- Levittown Mold Inspection and Testing
- Manhattan Mold Inspection and Testing
- Mount Vernon Mold Inspection and Testing
- New Rochelle Mold Inspection and Testing
- Queens Mold Inspection and Testing
- Rochester Mold Inspection and Testing
- Staten Island Mold Inspection and Testing
- Syracuse Mold Inspection and Testing
- Upper East Side Mold Inspection and Testing
- White Plains Mold Inspection and Testing
- Yonkers Mold Inspection and Testing
If you are interested in other Indoor-Restore services in New York City, New York, click on the applicable service: New York City Mold Removal, New York City Water Damage Repair, New York City Property Restoration, New York City Asbestos Testing.
If you are a New York renter and would like information about your tenant rights in regards to the testing and inspecting for mold and water damage at your property, visit our page on New York Renter's Rights with Mold.
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