Mold Inspection and Testing
To find out if mold is a problem in your home, you MUST have a mold inspection conducted by a mold inspector.
The Mitigator will begin by doing a Complete Visual Mold Inspection. In most cases, if visible mold is present, sampling is unnecessary. The most important sign of a mold problem is visible mold. If mold is found during a Visual Mold Inspection, the size and extent of the moldy area should be determined. Identifying the water or moisture problem that allowed the mold to grow is extremely important. The source of the water/ moisture intrusion must be addressed during remediation or the mold will definitely return.
Air sample test results will be reviewed if they are available or can be performed at the time of the Visual Mold Inspection.
We will then write a scope of work outlining the remediation procedure and provide you with an estimate to remediate the affected areas.
Types of Inspections/ Sampling
Complete Visual Mold Inspection A visual inspection is the most important initial step in identifying a possible mold contamination problem. The extent of any water damage and mold growth shall be visually assessed by a certified mold inspector/remediator. This assessment is important to determine remedial strategies. Ventilation systems shall also be visually checked, particularly for damp filters but also for damp conditions elsewhere in the system, and for overall cleanliness. Ceiling tiles, gypsum wallboard (sheetrock), cardboard, paper and other cellulosic surfaces shall be given careful attention during a visual inspection. The inspector shall use hygrometers, a boroscope (fiber optics) and a protimiter (moisture meter), where necessary, to detect hidden mold behind the walls, ceilings and floors and to determine the areas of potential mold growth and continuing moisture penetration.
A certified inspector, trained in appropriate sampling methodology, shall perform all necessary air monitoring. The purpose of air sampling is to determine the type and amount of airborne contamination in a building. Air sampling is necessary if the presence of mold, allergens or toxins is suspected (e.g. musty odors, allergies) but cannot be identified by a visual inspection. Sampling should be conducted while ventilation systems are operating. Air sampling is also necessary if the building inhabitants are suffering from health problems which are or may be associated with fungal exposure. If air monitoring is performed, for comparative purposes, outdoor air samples are collected concurrently. The outdoor control air test is very helpful in evaluating whether there is an internally generated mold problem. Such a problem may exist if indoor mold tests report mold levels that are either (a) higher than the outdoor control air test or (b) present indoors but absent from the outdoor control test.
A certified inspector, trained in appropriate sampling methodology, shall perform all necessary bulk or surface sampling. Bulk/Surface sampling is necessary if the building inhabitants are suffering from health problems which are or may be associated with fungal exposure. Bulk samples are collected from visibly moldy surfaces by scraping or cutting materials with a clean tool into a clean plastic bag. Surface samples are collected by wiping a measured area with a sterile swab or by stripping the suspect surface with clear tape. The surface sample is used to identify specific mold types. The fungal samples are identified down to genus and to species where possible through visual identification under the microscope.