We provide Mold Inspections and Testing based on the IAC2 Standards of Practice.
A Mold Inspection is a non-invasive, visual examination of the readily accessible, visible and installed systems and components of the building. We record moisture, temperature and humidity measurements and collect samples according to the IAC2 Mold Sampling Procedures.
Our report includes areas of concern such as:
- moisture intrusion;
- water damage;
- musty odors;
- apparent mold growth;
- conditions conducive to mold growth;
- results of the laboratory analysis of all mold samples collected; and
- any system or component not inspected, and the reasons they were not inspected.
The environmental testing laboratory will provide you with a “certificate of analysis” which identifies the mold types, pollen types, and if there are any fiberglass particles, cellulose particles, or dust mites in the air.
Limited Mold Inspection
We recommend a Limited Mold Inspection when you suspect microbial growth in a specific area of the building. It is a cost effective solution for a mold inspection of the area determined by you or the building owner.
We will collect an outdoor air sample as a control, an indoor air sample in the area of concern, and a bio-sample if necessary.
Complete Mold Inspection
We recommend a Complete Mold Inspection when you smell musty or strong odors in more than one area of the home or office, or if you are buying a home and suspect the home may have microbial growth or areas that have been flooded.
We will collect an outdoor air sample as a control, an indoor air sample in the main living area, an indoor air sample near the supply air of the HVAC system, and one bio-sample if necessary. And we will inspect the entire home looking for areas of moisture intrusion, water damage, and conditions conducive to mold growth.
Mold is Everywhere
Mold spores are ubiquitous, they are found both indoors and outdoors. Mold spores cannot be eliminated from indoor environments. Some mold spores will be found floating through the air and on settled dust; however, they will not grow if moisture is not present.
Moisture, Temperature, Food and Time
There are four factors involved in mold growth. These conditions are necessary for mold growth to thrive on surfaces:
- a temperature range between 40F and 100F;
- the presence of mold spores;
- a nutrient base (most surfaces contain nutrients in the form of dust); and
Moisture is the controlling factor since the first 3 factors cannot be adequately manipulated to control microbial growth. Therefore, moisture control is the primary strategy to focus on in order to limit and prevent mold growth.
Home Inspectors make the best Mold Inspectors
Since moisture control is the best strategy for mold control, and because home inspectors understand building science, they understand where to look for areas of moisture intrusion, and water damage. Therefore home inspectors are the best at determining which areas may have microbial growth.
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