Mold and Indoor Allergen Testing in New York
Professional Building Inspectors provides mold testing & allergen testing in Long Island, Queens, Brooklyn, Staten Island, Westchester, New York City, the Bronx, and parts of Connecticut.
PBI is a full service Indoor Environmental Testing company based on Long Island. We can handle mold testing and mold inspection for any property because we specialize in mold testing and mold inspections.
PBI uses the latest technology in the field to determine if mold or indoor allergens are present and if a professional cleanup is necessary. Our company will test for mold, identify the source of the problem and, if necessary, develop a remediation plan for your contractor to follow.
Members of our staff hold the highest certification offered by the American Council for Accredited Certification (ACAC), the CIEC, or Council-certified Indoor Environmental Consultant. They are members of several boards of the ACAC.
Long Island Mold Testing
The following is a list of some of the many Long Island towns in which we conduct mold testing: Amityville, Atlantic Beach, Babylon, Baldwin, Bay Shore, Bellmore, Bellport, Bethpage, Carle Place, Cedarhurst, Centereach, Centerport, Cold Spring Harbor, Commack , Coram, Deer Park, East Hampton, East Meadow, East Rockaway, Franklin Square, Freeport, Garden City, Greenlawn, Hauppauge, Hempstead, Hewlett, Hicksville, Holbrook, Islip, Jericho, Kings Park, Lawrence, Lindenhurst, Locust Valley, Long Beach, Lynbrook, Manhasset, Manorville, Massapequa, Medford, Melville, Merrick, Mill Neck, Miller Place, Mineola, Mt. Sinai, Nesconset, Northport, Oceanside, Port Jefferson, Port Jefferson Station, Port Washington, Riverhead, Rockville Centre, Rocky Point, Ronkonkoma, Roslyn, Sayville, Sea Cliff, Seaford, Selden, Setauket, Shoreham, Smithtown, Sound Beach, Southampton, St. James, Stony Brook, Syosset , Valley Stream, Wantagh, West Hampton, Westbury, Woodbury, Woodmere, and more.
Frequently Asked Questions
Why is it important to hire an independent, third-party company like PBI?
PBI performs mold testing, then writes remediation plans and reports based on the conditions testing results we find. Since we do not profit from mold clean-up and have no incentive to find mold, we safeguard our clients against fraudulent testing. Beware of companies that do their own testing and then perform the clean-up.
Why test for mold and indoor allergens?
Molds are part of the natural environment, but they have the potential to cause health problems or exacerbate existing ones. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, molds produce allergens (substances that can cause allergic reactions), irritants, and in some cases, potentially toxic substances (mycotoxins). Inhaling or touching mold or mold spores can cause allergic reactions such as sneezing, runny nose, red eyes, and skin rash (dermatitis). Allergic reactions to mold are common.
Why is mold growing in my home?
Molds are part of the natural environment in New York, but mold growth should be avoided indoors. Molds reproduce by means of tiny spores; the spores are invisible to the naked eye and float through outdoor and indoor air. Mold may begin growing indoors when mold spores land on surfaces that are wet. When moisture problems or water damage occur, mold can grow within 24 - 48 hours.
Can mold cause problems?
According to the EPA, mold has the potential to cause health problems and can even make a home uninhabitable. However, everyone is affected differently when in contact with mold. Some mold can produce allergens, irritants, and in some cases potentially toxic chemical substances known as mycotoxins. People who are sensitive to and exposed to mycotoxins can become ill.
Allergic reactions to mold are common and they can be immediate or delayed. People diagnosed with allergies and asthma may be very sensitive to mold. Mold can also cause asthma attacks. Others at risk may include infants, children, the elderly, immune compromised patients, pregnant women and individuals with existing respiratory conditions. With exposure even in small amounts, mold may cause sinus infections, asthma, skin rash, chronic fatigue, respiratory problems, headaches & nose & throat irritation.
What does mold need to grow?
Mold requires moisture and a substrate or surface to grow on. High humidity, typically more then 55%, may also provide an ample source of moisture for mold growth. Molds grow well on Long Island, especially in spring, summer, and fall. Substrates such as wood, wallboard, ceiling tiles, carpet, wallpaper, paneling and leather items are favorite breeding grounds, but any cellulose or porous material will do.
How do I know I have mold?
Mold can be found in several places in the home environment. It appears most often in moist or wet areas and you may notice a musty odor. Mold begins to grow indoors when mold spores land on surfaces that are wet or damp. Mold will not grow without water or moisture. Therefore, it is important to dry out wet or moist areas within 24 to 48 hours to prevent mold growth.
Some examples of places where mold can be found inside the home include:
- Basements, kitchens (bottom of fridge), around bathroom vanities, washer/dryer area.
- The underside of carpets and pads.
- Surface of walls behind furniture (where condensation forms)
- Ceilings and the top side of ceiling tiles.
Should I have my home inspected?
Due to the growing concerns of mold in homes and the affects on health, mold testing in New York is becoming common practice. PBI can help you identify problem areas in your home or work place or put your mind at ease if normal levels of mold are found.
What can I do to protect against mold?
It is impossible to completely eliminate all mold spores indoors. Mold will always be found floating in the air and in house dust. Excessive indoor mold growth can be prevented by controlling water and moisture in the home. Some tips for reducing or preventing indoor mold growth are:
- Repair all water leaks & moisture problem areas.
- Provide good air circulation.
- All HVAC systems should have a good electrostatic filter on the return.
- Insulate and ventilate attic & crawl space areas.
- Clean, Dry or remove items that are damaged by water immediately.