Mold Testing and Inspection
Our Mold Experts offer Mold Testing and inspection. If the occupants of a space start to show symptoms the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recommends sampling the home using mold-sampling protocols, methods and results interpretation. Sampling can be used to determine the concentration of mold spores in a space or to determine which species of mold is in a space.
Mold Lab Testing is commonly used when there are no obvious or visible signs of mold but the suspicion remains. It is also used when a home buyer or seller believes there is mold in the property that might affect the sale of the property, which must be legally disclosed to any other potential buyers. Also, a common reason to request testing would be when a tenant believes that there is mold in order to provide their landlords with a legal document showing the presence or potential lack of mold in a property.
A Mold Assessment begins with a visual walkthrough to see if there is any visible mold found. If mold is easily found with a visual assessment, we would then determine the level of Mold Remediation Services that might be required. The visual inspection styles that can be performed can be classified as either intrusive or non-intrusive.
A non-intrusive visual inspection would just be a walk through the space using noninvasive tools while not moving or touching anything. An intrusive inspection would require the inspector to move furniture around, open drawers and to check areas that are not readily seen.
An intrusive inspection is far more thorough as it would involve checking vents, moving furniture, lifting carpets or checking behind wallpaper or behind the artwork. It involves visually checking any place, hidden or in plain sight that could possibly allow for the growth of mold spores.
If it is required, we offer Mold Sampling Services. Mold Sampling and Analysis must be conducted using the parameters set up by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the EPA, and the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA). There are different methods of sampling:
Air- Indoor and outdoor mold spore levels are sampled and compared.
Surface- Dust or collections on tape are measured for the number of spores that are present on a surface.
Bulk- Materials from the contaminated areas are removed and sampled.
Swab- a cotton swab is passed across the contaminated area and the sample is then sent to a lab to determine spore levels and species.