Mold Inspection & Testing
Mold occurs naturally in our environment and is basically everywhere. If you are considering having mold testing done in your home or business ask yourself a few simple questions:
- Have there been any water leaks or floods into the structure that you know of, in the past or recently?
- Are there any obvious spots or stains on walls, floors, ceilings or other surfaces in your home or business that you may consider suspect mold growth sites?
- Are you experiencing any strong musty or mildew odor?
- Are you or any of your family or business associates experiencing unusual health issues?
- All mold inspections are specialized for each building location so pricing can and will vary.
Air vs. Surface Sampling Techniques
Mold tests can be divided into two categories: air and surface. If you find it necessary to perform a mold test, then it would be advisable to take at least one surface sample and one air sample along with the outside control sample.
The reason is, in some situations, you may have mold growing on a surface, yet it has not reached a point where it is releasing very many mold spores into the air. In which case, air sampling alone would provide results that did not accurately portray the extent of mold growth.
Or, you may have a situation where, in your random surface sampling, you did not sample a surface where mold was growing (or at least not at a significant level), but mold colonies throughout other parts of the home had reached a point where they were releasing substantial amounts of mold spores into the air. In this case, your surface sampling would not give you and accurate picture of the problem.
When testing surfaces we test locations that have signs of mold growth or suspect looking stains to determine if the spots or stains are mold and what types they are.When testing the air we are taking a sample or air from outside the structure and at least one air sample inside the structure and then the levels of of mold from each area are compared. In a desirable situation the mold spore levels are higher outside the structure than the levels inside the structure.When the opposite occurs then an indoor mold growth problem is suspected.
Our typical basic Mold Inspection includes a visual inspection of the property, temperature and relative humidity level readings, moisture mapping, air sampling (at least 1 outside and 1 inside), surface sampling, lab fees, lab reports and project analysis by certified indoor air quality manager.