Air samples can be taken and analyzed in a number of ways. The most common method uses a "spore trap" and is called a "spore trap sample." Spore traps work by having a known volume of air pass through a sampling device. Most of the particles in the air and are captured, and adhere to the sticky surface. Mold spores will be some of these 'particles in the air' and also are captured on the sticky medium inside the spore trap. The spore trap is then sent to a lab for analysis. The mold laboratory opens the spore trap, and then identifies and the types and number of mold spores that were gathered during our sampling process. At Philadelphia Disaster Restoration, we then analyze the results and provide you with a full explanation of these results and work a plan to rid your home of any harmful levels of mold. We provide these mold inspections and testing in the Philadelphia and surrounding areas.
Upon performing a mold inspection in Morrisville, PA, we discovered several wet areas as well as a musty odor in the basement of our client's home. We will find out what type of mold might be around, and then proceed to finding a solution. As many of us are aware, molds grow best in warm, damp, and humid conditions, and spread and reproduce by making spores. We test the air both inside and outside to determine what is normal and where there may be elevated counts of spores.
Water damage restoration in Warminster, PA doesn't happen like this everyday, but it does happen. This is a sewer backup and that is never fun. This is considered hazardous and should only be handled by professionals to avoid serious health risks. If not cleaned up properly, what is called "black water" can cause illness in you and your family. Do not try to clean this up yourself!
Here's a before and after from mold removal in Trevose, PA. This was a pretty extreme case, but now we just have to put it back together, good as new!
In our previous post, we mentioned some of the symptoms of a person who is having a negative reaction to mold in their home. Below is a more comprehensive list for those who might be trying to decide whether to have a mold test performed in the Philadelphia, PA area.
-morning joint stiffness
-increased thirst/ urinary frequency
-abdominal pain/ bloating
-frequent headaches, and being light headed
Symptoms will become more intense as exposure increases. We can sample different rooms, and surfaces to make sure you and your family are safe.
Have you ever wondered what that strange smell was in your basement? You notice that the basement seems damp, but not all of the time? You notice some discoloration in certain areas? And when you realize that you have been ill more than once this year, you begin to wonder if there is a connection. If you notice a musty odor, and that you haven't been feeling your best, it might be time for a mold inspection. We recently did a mold inspection in Bristol, PA for a woman who was feeling fatigue, frequent headaches, and light headed. She decided it was worth taking the time to do the test just to make sure that wasn't harming her health by being neglectful of a situation that might exist in her home. Peace of mind is priceless.
Finally, Punxsatawney Phil has been dragged from his home and this year has seen his shadow! Winter will be over soon if you believe in such things. The spring can bring a number of scenarios, some great and some not so great. On our way to an emergency water job in Fort Washington, PA today, we were talking about preparation for spring. Getting our equipment ready and getting our carpet cleaning and extraction units serviced. Not something everyone does for spring prep., but at PDR we have that on our list so we are ready when you need us.