Hidden Mold Impacts the Indoor Environmental Quality of New York Homes and Businesses
VOETS, LLC is licensed to provide mold inspections and assessments to help residents of New York identify and resolve mold issues.
With fears of Hurricane Matthew potentially impacting the Northeast by this weekend, people need to be on the lookout for any signs of water damage to their homes, schools, and businesses from this powerful storm.
People may suspect there is hidden mold in a home or building if it smells moldy indoors or after there has been water damage. Another telltale sign is if building occupants report allergies and other respiratory problems that appear to go away after they have left the building.
Mold will grow quickly in areas that are not readily observable with the introduction of water or elevated humidity levels since many building materials and furnishing make for an ideal food source. These areas include behind dry wall, wallpaper, and paneling, or mold may be located in attics, basements, or under of carpets and carpet pads. Other possible locations include areas inside walls near pipes due to leaks or condensation, the surface of walls behind furniture where condensation may form, inside ductwork, in ceilings caused by leaks or insufficient insulation, and countless other places.
“Elevated levels of mold found indoors can cause allergies, trigger asthma attacks in sensitive individuals, and some types of mold can even lead to infections in people with a weakened or suppressed immune system,” said Michael Berrevoets, President, VOETS, LLC. “Moisture is the key factor influencing mold growth indoors, so controlling it is crucial as mold can begin to grow in as short as 24 to 48 hours when conditions are right. With fears of Hurricane Matthew potentially impacting the Northeast by this weekend, people need to be on the lookout for any signs of water damage to their homes, schools, and businesses from this powerful storm.”
Investigating hidden mold problems may be difficult and requires caution when the investigation may involve disturbing potential sites of microbial growth. For example, removing wallpaper can lead to a massive release of spores into the air if there is mold growing on the underside of the paper.
Property managers, owners, and tenants dealing with concerns over the potential presence of mold in their home, building or business can turn to the experts at VOETS. As a New York Licensed Mold Assessor, their experts provide testing and consulting services across the tri-state area to pinpoint the source of any contamination, monitor its safe removal, and make recommendations to prevent it from returning.
To learn more about VOETS and their mold, indoor air quality, environmental, health, safety, or occupational testing and consulting services, please visit www.VOETS.nyc, email michael@VOETS.nyc , or call (212) 860-7450.
About Verification, Operations, and Environmental Testing Services (VOETS, LLC)
VOETS, LLC began operations in 2016 with some of the most seasoned professional indoor environmental quality consultants in the nation. They bring a proven track record of identifying and resolving a wide range of building science, industrial hygiene, and construction health and safety issues. VOETS offers environmental compliance, indoor air quality, mold, asbestos, lead-based paint, Legionella, environmental site assessments (ESAs), training, and industrial hygiene consulting services. The company specializes in field investigations and assessments of commercial, institutional, healthcare, and residential buildings throughout New York City and the tri-state area.
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