Our mold inspection process is a proven way to determine the presence of mold in any building. If you’ve noticed mold symptoms in your home or office, then it’s important that you schedule a mold inspection as soon as possible. Below, you’ll find a brief explanation of how our mold inspection process works, including the steps we take to verify the presence of mold in your home.
Visual Mold Inspection Procedure
The first step is to complete a visual mold inspection. Our licensed, independent mold inspector will arrive at your property to complete a visual assessment. The inspector is looking for three crucial signs of mold, including:
- Evidence of a moisture leak or breach
- Direct proof of mold growth
- Locations with a high potential for mold or mildew invasion
The visual assessment comprehensively covers the home. Our inspector will analyze every square inch of your interior living space. The inspector will also crawl into the basement, crawlspace, attic, cellar, and other areas.
After inspecting the interior of the home, the inspector will move outside to inspect the exterior. The inspector looks for signs of water damage on the outside of the home, as well as architectural features that could increase the risk of moisture invasion.
Surface Sampling Mold Testing
The inspector will collect a minimum of two samples during the inspection. The inspector may collect surface samples if mold appears to be present on a particular surface. Sometimes, your drywall or wood will be discolored in certain spots – but this discoloration is unrelated to mold.
By collecting a surface sample and sending that sample to an independent lab, our inspector can confirm or deny the presence of mold.
The inspector will collect a surface sample using a piece of tape or a swab. The sample will be placed in an enclosed baggy and then sent to a lab via FedEx overnight shipping for immediate testing.
Air Sampling Procedure for Mold Testing
The inspector may collect an air sample during the inspection. An air sample is one of the most effective ways to determine the presence of mold in a home. All air has a certain number of mold spores present. An air sample determines if the level of mold spores in your home exceeds certain minimum levels.
Our inspector uses the Aero-Cell cassette to determine the presence of mold. This cassette collects 15 cubic liters of air per minute, with all airborne fragments passing over a glass substrate. The air sample collection procedure takes 1 to 5 minutes. Samples are sent to an independent lab where spores are determined and counted.
The inspector will also collect an exterior air sample to establish a baseline. By comparing the interior air sample to the exterior air sample, the lab can determine the presence of mold.
Translating your Laboratory Results
We understand most homeowners aren’t mold experts. Most people don’t understand the different species of mold, nor do they understand the implications of those different species. That’s why we translate your lab results into readable English.
After the independent lab completes its assessment, we’ll email you a copy of the lab report. We’ll also attach a written report explaining what that lab report means, including how to begin the remediation process and how much you can expect to pay.
Our written report does far more than just explain that, “You have a mold problem.” Our written report provides a comprehensive explanation of your mold problem and the steps you can take to remediate it. We write our report assuming the reader knows very little about mold remediation.
After reading our report, you can hire a mold remediation company armed with specialized knowledge and a general estimate of how much the remediation will cost.
Some minor mold problems can be fixed at home with basic cleaning supplies, like a detergent and anti-microbial solution. Other problems require professional mold remediation.
Our report will list the step-by-step process we recommend in order to fix your mold problem. We’ll explain how much you can expect to pay for mold remediation for your specific mold problem. We’ll list steps you can take to prevent mold problems in the future. We’ll provide a comprehensive explanation of everything you need to know about your mold problem and how to solve it.