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Mold Inspections

Beware of store bought mold test kits which rely only on “gravity” settling methods on an open Petri dish. These types of test kits do not provide any meaningful answers since mold is ubiquitous (it’s everywhere). Mold spores are on the surfaces of your furniture, in carpeting, household dust and even in the air we breathe. If you open a Petri dish and take a sample, it is likely that you will get mold growing on the Petri dish (not helpful).

mold testing procedures

         Free Mold Booklet

         Free Mold Booklet

Whether your area of concern is isolated to 1 or 2 rooms or if you’d like the entire home inspected, I will do a Visual Inspection of the property using both a Moisture Meter and Infrared Thermal Imaging Camera in order to find any potential moisture intrusion issues and identify situations which could be conducive to mold growth. Three to four air samples are taken depending on the type of inspection requested.

Upon completion of my examination, I will offer a suggested plan for further testing, if needed. This will provide you with the information needed regarding airborne mold spores and potential hidden mold growth in your home. You can then decide what type of additional testing would be most important in your situation. All samples are sent to an accredited laboratory for testing and analyzing. Reports and lab results are usually delivered 2-3 business days after the samples are taken.

Mold only needs about 16% moisture content to grow and can begin growing in as little as 24 to 48 hours

Mold only needs about 16% moisture content to grow and can begin growing in as little as 24 to 48 hours

Types of Mold Testing

Air Samples

Air Samples are taken using Air-O-Cell sampling cassettes which are specifically designed for the rapid collection of a wide range of airborne particles including: mold spores, pollen, insect parts, skin cell fragments and fibers.

Wall Cavity air Samples

Wall Cavity Air Samples are taken from a small hole drilled through a wall which has evidence of past moisture damage, elevated moisture levels or temperature anomalies discovered with the Infrared Thermal Imaging Camera. 

Surface Samples

Surface Samples can be taken anytime we have visual apparent mold growth, which could be found anywhere throughout the home. These samples are used to verify and identify apparent mold growth and are obtained using either the Tape Lift or Swab method. 
 

Mold growth in drywall indicates a past leak behind the wall, this area was dry at the time of the inspection, however when mold dries, the spores become airborne.

Mold growth in drywall indicates a past leak behind the wall, this area was dry at the time of the inspection, however when mold dries, the spores become airborne.

Mold growth observed in attic trusses due to a bathroom exhaust fan venting into the attic. All exhaust fans, dryer vents and flue pipes must vent to the exterior. 

Mold growth observed in attic trusses due to a bathroom exhaust fan venting into the attic. All exhaust fans, dryer vents and flue pipes must vent to the exterior. 

Mold growth is common in bathrooms, especially when ventilation is poor or missing.

Mold growth is common in bathrooms, especially when ventilation is poor or missing.

Moisture levels above 16% create an environment conducive to mold growth, increasing ventilation and insulation in attics will reduce heat loss and properly vent moisture to the exterior.

Moisture levels above 16% create an environment conducive to mold growth, increasing ventilation and insulation in attics will reduce heat loss and properly vent moisture to the exterior.

Cutting away visible mold growth from food will not remove all the mold or make it safe to eat, there are still hyphal fragments that invade deeply into the food like roots of a tree.

Cutting away visible mold growth from food will not remove all the mold or make it safe to eat, there are still hyphal fragments that invade deeply into the food like roots of a tree.

Mold can come in a variety of colors depending the the type of mold, cleaning or covering over mold will usually not be effective and removal is recommended.

Mold can come in a variety of colors depending the the type of mold, cleaning or covering over mold will usually not be effective and removal is recommended.

Mold from leaking kitchen sink drain pipes will eventually find its way through the floor and into the basement.

Mold from leaking kitchen sink drain pipes will eventually find its way through the floor and into the basement.

 
 
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