Mold Infestation

Signs of Mold Infestation

Mold is not an issue that should be taken lightly therefore, if one has the slightest suspicion that they might have mold they should call for an inspection. Mold is sometimes visible, in that case you could see the mold and proceed accordingly. Unfortunately, other times mold is not visible to the naked eye but, there are still other ways to tell if you’ve been infested with mold. If one finds themselves smelling an unpleasant musty odor in their homes this likely means that you have been infested with mold, which means you are inhaling toxic compounds that have been produced by the mold and possibly mold spores as well. If the slightest sight of mold is found it must be dealt with immediately, if you fail to do so small patches will grow and become a bigger issue since your home already has all the factors that mold thrives in.

During the inspection process, our technicians will do a walk-through and visually assess the area for signs of observable mold growth. Visual assessment is vital and helpful in the confirmation of mold growth in an area. Additional testing, such as air and/or swab testing, is beneficial in order to fully verify the extent of mold infestation.


Generally, the first sign of possible mold growth is a musty, wet smell which would usually not be expected inside of a home or property. Mold does not always present itself visually, and therefore identifying a moldy scent may sometimes prevent mold growth to spread into other areas.

Surface Damages:

Many molds, when beginning to grow rapidly, will affect the surface which it is growing on. The following are signs of mold growth surface damages which are observed and analyzed by our technicians during a mold inspection:

Distorted wood

Due to the water infiltration, the wood will develop a soggy look. This will cause the wood to bend and curl up in places which it normally would not. Mold can develop when water intrudes on a wooden surface.

Surface markings

Walls and other surfaces, when infested by mold growth, will have markings and discolorations, such as; brown, green, or black. Stains are a definite sign of mold growth in that specific location.

Water leaks

Of course, visible signs of water leaks are to be noted. Whether the mold has already started to grow or not, that surface needs to be checked for signs such as yellow water stains which would indicate moisture behind that surface.

Paint flaking

When paint on walls begins to have a flaking look, this usually means there is moisture beneath the surface which ultimately causes mold growth as well.



Bathroom Tile Black Spotting:

Because of constant moisture which circulates in a bathroom, it easily becomes a proliferation ground for mold growth. Tiles in the bathroom, due to their texture and spacing, allow moisture to thrive between the small cracks and underneath the surfaces. The combination of the moisture and dirt that exist between the tiles creates an environment where mold can increase rapidly.

Adhesive Malfunctions:

When adhesive materials on walls, such as wall paper or dry-wall tape, will malfunction, this is a definite sign of water intrusion. Dry wall adhesives are made to stick on dry walls. If there is moisture on the surface, the adhesive will not work correctly and will de-attach from its surface.


Finally, a sure sign of mold growth caused by water damage is the mold itself. When mold is obvious and observable, technicians will evaluate the mold through non-invasive tests, to find the best way to remediate the problem.

Gutter Malfunctions:

Many times, gutters are the cause of mold problems in homes. Proper deliverance of water from rainfall to a safe distribution location is vital in keeping the moisture out of the home. When gutters are faulted, water collects at the base of the structure and can enter the home, causing immense damages to the foundations.







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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the first thing I should do once I find mold in my home?

At New York Mold Specialist the first thing we urge you to do is contact us to bring in a professional for an inspection and examine the problem. Frequently one only sees a small fraction of the problem but, there may be a larger issue present. There’s a possibility that mold has grown in many other places that you did not notice like, inside walls, crawl spaces, ceiling tiles, attics, under carpets, and many other sites in your home.

Is it considered dangerous if I do not see any mold in site but smell it?

Yes, very often we do not see mold, but it is there and possess a musty smell which is unpleasant and quite dangerous. When you inhale air that has been contaminated with mold you are also inhaling mycotoxins and mold spores which are hazardous to your health and can cause multiple complications to your wellbeing.

What are some of the symptoms and health complications that follow when you are exposed to mold?

Mold has a large impact on your health and could cause a variety of ailments such as, congestion, runny nose, cough, sneezing, itchy or watery eyes, headaches, and asthma like symptoms. If one is exposed to mold for a longer period it can lead to a bigger threat on your health like, chronic fatigue, depression, joint pain, pneumonia, and many skin rashes and many more complications to your health if mold is left untreated.

If my home is infested with mold, is it safe to stay there?

At New York Mold Specialist we recommend you not to remain in your household if it has been infested with mold, we suggest you contact us for professional help. Should I use a mold test kit to test the mold in my home? Home test kits are not something we recommend due to them being undependable and unpredictable. It is always best to seek professional help to be safe and have reliable results, unlike most home test kits.

Is it possible and safe for me to remove mold on my own?

It is always ideal to seek professional help but in some instances your homeowner’s insurances may cover the costs, but you will need verify with your insurance carrier. According to the Environmental Protection Agency one should seek professional aid if: ● The area that is infested with mold is over 10 square feet. ● Presume that mold is in your HVAC system. ● Mold or water damage is a result of contamination of water, that may be derived from a sewage.

How would I remove mold?

Many believe that mold is not that difficult to remove however, it is a strenuous job. You need to start off by isolating the mold and set up negative pressure to prevent mold spores from spreading into other sections of your home. You must wear protection for your safety and lastly substitute permeable objects that have mold. What are ways to prevent mold​? The most effective way to prevent mold is controlling the moisture in your home. Mold thrives in damp areas so constantly be on the lookout for leaks under your sink, and leaks on your roof. If you suspect your basement feels humid place a dehumidifier to get rid of excess moisture. When showering make sure to leave a fan on or open a crack of a window or door to eliminate the moisture that may lead to mold.

When would be a good time to get a mold inspection?

  • After you have experienced any type of flooding or water issue.
  • If you smell a musty unpleasant odor.
  • If you are experiencing a leak that has been present for over 24 hours.
  • If you notice stains on your furniture or building materials.
  • You believe you may have mold even if it is not visible to you.
  • If the residents of your home are suffering from a medical condition and the reason is unknown.

Water Damage New York

Signs of Water Issues

If one begins to notice that their walls, floors or ceilings start to stain or become discolored, this indicates that there is a water problem present and mold may be thriving behind or within the textiles. Another indicator could be a wall surface looks as though it is bubbling, peeling, or cracking and creates damage to your paint or wallpaper and if the wall surface happen to feel damp. If you experience any of these complications, it is probable that you are faced with a moisture problem that needs to be handled or else mold will inevitably sprout.

Why Test?

The main and most crucial reason to test for mold is because conditions, indoor mold has the possibility to be harmful to a human or animals medical state and may do serious damage to your property.

Health Concerns

A mold infestation is an underlying cause of many health complications. Constant exposure to mold will have a definite damage on your health, some mild symptoms are throat irritation, nasal stuffiness, sneezing, coughing, eye discomfort, wheezing, sinus and skin irritation. The longer one is exposed to mold the more harm the mold will do to their health. Breathing in air where mold is present can lead to serious damage on the respiratory system. At first one may have shortness of breath and may be finding it difficult to breathe. If one abides to live in those conditions and is suffering from these symptoms it may contribute to lung illnesses and diseases.

Mold may also cause these ailments:

  • Baldness or hair loss
  • Chronic Fatigue
  • Headaches
  • Flu or Cold symptoms
  • Sore or itchy throat
  • Watery eyes
  • Red or Bloodshot eyes
  • Symptoms of Hay fever
  • Hives
  • Sinus congestion
  • Rashes
  • Asthma symptoms in people with Asthma
  • Scaly or Dry skin
  • Difficulty Breathing
  • Digestive Problems
  • Joint Pains
  • Depression


When mold infests a property or home, many times the individuals who live there will begin to develop certain symptoms which are directly related to their exposure to the mold. When a home undergoes a water intrusion or is thought to have mold, these health symptoms are to be closely observed in all occupants of the home or property;

Digestive issues:

Mold exposure can cause serious digestive problems, which can be extremely detrimental to one’s health. People may react to mold exposure by developing diarrhea or vomiting, which in many cases can lead to dehydration and improper absorption of nutrients. This specifically is caused by fusarium, which is a mold generally found in places such as dehumidifiers, water damaged beds, and carpeting, and when inhaled, can cause serious digestive complications.

Internal harm:

Molds can cause serious allergic reactions, which can result in nose bleeds. In addition, Stachybotrys can produce internal bleeding of the lungs, as well as other severe respiratory infections, including breathing problems or shortness of breath. Routine inspections are important in maintaining a healthy environment in your home or property.

Allergy intensification:

Those who typically suffer from allergies can experience an increase of allergy symptoms. Irritation of the eyes, nose, and throat are common indicators of mold-related allergy intensification. Many illnesses related to sinus infections were reported to have been caused by mold growth in the home.

Skin reactions:

Often, mold will dwell on surfaces which one’s body may come in contact with habitually, such as; sheets, carpets, sofas, etc… Therefore, people who are in an environment which contains mold may develop painful skin inflammations both by way of contact or inhalation of the mold.


Due to the many irritations which mold causes to the body, a result can be constant migraine headaches. Due to the eyes being strained and breathing issues, headaches are often associated with typical mold related issues.


Feeling constant fatigue may come about because of extraneous work schedules or other stressors. Mold has been found to be the alternative common factor in chronic fatigue. If you or someone in the property is experiencing constant fatigue, it is very possible that it is due to a mold growth.


Water Intrusion Sources

Mold needs water in order to grow and spread. For this reason, technicians will locate all sources of water intrusion in a home or property. There are many possible sources of water intrusion, including but not limited to;


Small spaces subject to moisture level increase:

Because there is generally less ventilation in small spaces in a home, such as a low-ceiling basement or a crawl space, the difference in temperature can cause water spores which are circulating to remain stuck, allowing them to pile up and eventually cause over-humidification.

Raised Humidity Levels:

Some areas have higher humidity levels than others. Generally, those located near the shore or in moist environments experience higher levels of humidity. Although this is coming from outside, the humidity can affect the moisture level inside and ultimately cause mold growth.

Ventilation failure:

Homes and properties need to constantly be ventilated in order to keep a safe balance between the indoor air and the outdoor air pressure. An equal balance of air pressure should be maintained, in order to keep moisture from being forced into the home, which can cause mold growth.


When corrosion and/or concentration are found on pipes, windows, and other structures, this can be a sign of a water leak or increased humidity. Pipes under sinks and high surfaces should be consistently checked for changes in condition.





When weather breaks through normal conditions, such as floods or tornados, homes may not be equipped with the proper protection to withstand the intrusion of water into the home. In addition to weather issues, home flooding, such as drain or pipe flooding, can cause the home to experience an increased risk of mold growth. Unfortunately, by the time all the water is drained out and dried, mold has already begun to grow and spread at a fast pace. When flooding occurs, it is vital to remediate the property immediately in order to prevent any colossal damage to the property.

Indoor moist items:

Items which are kept indoors need to be dry at all times. This includes; carpets, rugs, toys, clothing lines, cabinets, etc… When an object, which is kept indoors, becomes wet, proper ventilation and dehydration is important so as not to keep the moisture level high indoors. Mold can result from improper care of household items.

Roof experiencing a leakage:


Although roofs are generally built to withstand all types of weather, it is important to look for signs of a leaky roof. Many times, mold found in the roof are not spotted until much of the mold has had the chance to spread. Consequently, it is helpful to routinely check for signs of water leaks in these locations.


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Mold can be found anywhere in a home. When mold is growing under the surfaces of your home, you will see mold protrusion on surfaces such as this door. Certified mold inspection and removal specialists will remove the mold from within so that the mold does not resurface.




It is important to get to the source of the problem. Moisture underneath your home surfaces, usually originating from a previous leak, will cause mold to grow and spread in the structure of your property. proper elimination of the moisture source is vital to keeping your home clean and mold free.




Mold is tricky to spot when using the naked eye. Often, moisture is hidden under the surfaces. A simple camera would not spot the location and extent of these moisture sources. Certified mold inspection and removal specialists use special infrared technology to see within the walls in order to know exactly where the moisture is coming from to ultimately plan out the most efficient mold removal procedure. Our technicians will compare the digitally dyed image with the general image to see where the moisture is “hiding.”



Unfortunately, many times, mold goes undetected for a long period of time and becomes more serious. immediate remediation is the key to saving your property from any further damages which can often be caused by mold infestation. If you suspect mold is growing in your home or work area, do not wait for it to get worse. Call us today to remove the mold from your property and sleep worry free.




Do not be fooled into thinking that merely painting over your mold will eliminate your mold problem. Mold cannot just be covered up. It it just a matter of time before it resurfaces. Don’t push it off! Get rid of your mold right away to avoid resurfacing of mold, as can be seen in this image. before moving into a new property, be sure to make sure you know exactly what’s going on in your new home.




Our technicians perform and thorough and efficient inspection involving various types of testing equipment, such as a humidity reader, in order to know the extent of the mold infestation occurring in your property. We at Certified mold inspection and removal specialists take our jobs very seriously and we will not leave the property until we feel that every possible mold infestation is detected. A thorough mold remediation is our goal and finding the mold sources in your home is the key to reaching that goal.




Many areas where mold may circulate are hard to reach or even see. Certified mold inspection and removal specialists make sure to get into every corner and space to see if there is any mold growing on the surfaces. Undetected mold can grow and for that reason, Certified mold inspection and removal specialists assures its customers that there is no surface left unchecked.




When water leaks occur, mold often follows. Places to check for mold would be those that are not frequently exposed to air, such as under kitchen sinks. If you are aware of a water leak, it is always important to check to see if mold has begun to grow in that location. You may begin to smell a mildewy scent. This is one of  many signs that mold infestation has begun.





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“After my family began showing symptoms of mold related health issues, we immediatly contacted certified mold inspection and removal specialists and within days we had a mold inspection done, and all the reports to prove that we did have mold in our home. Because of their technologically advanced equipment, they were able to see mold in the surfaces of our home which we didnt see. We had the mold removed and my children are feeling better and I am so happy with the service. I feel safe and secure that my home is a safe environment to live in. Thanks David! Barbara H., NYC”





“About a monh ago, our roof started leaking and it took only a few days before the leakage spread to other areas of our house. We began seeing sort of “wet spots” allover on the walls and even in corners on the floor. We figured we shoudl do something about it before it got worse so we called a bunch of mold removal companies in the area and we went with Certified mold inspection and removal specialists. My wife and I are so happy with our choice we were so worried in the begining but after your technicians completed their removal process, we feel comfortable in our home again and we do not need to be afraid of breathing the air in our home and sleeping there at nights. Thanks Certified mold inspection and removal specialists you made my family safe and happy.”




“Fantastic Job! My husband noticed mold in our basement closet when we returned from our summer home two weeks ago. The mold was all over the walls and looked scary. I was very nervous to be in the house with my three kids. I called Certified mold inspection and removal specialists and they came down the same day. They started the mold removal on the spot and put air scrubbers around the house so that we could breath the air without a problem. I must say the whole process is much easier when you call a company that has experience and knows how to do the job right.”



“My basement got flooded last month with six inches of water. After a few days, black mold started to appear on the walls. I got very concerned for my familys health and decided i needed to get this checked by certified mold inspection and removal specialists company. Their service was amazing. The Inspector was able to to see where the moisture was coming from with an infrared camera. He took tests and sent it to the lab. I felt confident that i was dealing with a company that was very experienced. The tests showed that I had a significant count of mold in the air and that I would need to have the mold removed. They were able to come the next day to begin the removal process. I am thankful that I found such a great company to ease my worries.”



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