Mold Inspections and Testing
Even though water damage from a leak can be the obvious reason you need to test for mold, there are many other ways that mold can be growing in your home or business.
There are many different types of mold. Some aren’t dangerous, while others lead to chronic and severe health conditions. Stachybotrys for example, is also called “toxic mold” because it produces mycotoxins that cause severe health problems.
The first step is to have a visual mold inspection by a certified mold expert. In many cases if you can see mold, you won’t need to pay for actual mold testing.
If mold testing is required, we believe in complete transparency, therefore we rely on an independent 3rd party to perform mold tests. You should never allow a mold company to perform the mold testing and the mold remediation, this is a clear conflict of interest.
Mold and air samples are taken and then sent to an independent 3rd party certified laboratory for microscopic analysis. They will provide a detailed report identifying the type of mold and the risk levels associated with it.
Mold Samples should always be sent to a an independent 3rd party laboratory for unbiased results
If you suspect that you have mold growing in your home or business, samples of affected areas can be taken and sent to a laboratory to confirm the presence of elevated mold levels.
Depending upon the size of your structure, a minimum of 2 samples are necessary – one is a control sample taken outside of your structure, and the second is taken inside at the suspected areas of mold growth. A comparison of the two will confirm if your inside air is contaminated.
Visual Mold Inspection
A trained mold specialist will do an onsite visual inspection to see if there is any evidence of mold growth. If you can spot mold, you will not need the cost of doing mold tests. If you cannot find the mold then a test may be necessary.
Air Quality Testing
Performing air sampling tests can help to determine if your indoor living environment is safe and help uncover potential areas that might have unsafe levels of mold or other contaminants. These samples are sent off to an independent 3rd party laboratory for testing.
If mold is found it needs to be removed, along with any materials that cannot be properly cleaned. Mold can easily be spread so a containment area is set up to prevent cross contamination. Areas of mold larger than 10 square feet needs to be cleaned and treated by a mold professional.