The Mold Inspection process includes but is not necessarily limited to; reading any previous inspection or testing reports, gather information, perform a building moisture inspection, and develop a preliminary determination of whether or not there is a moisture problem that resulted in mold growth.
Mold Inspections is More Reliable Than Testing Alone
As stated in a National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health article "Testing and Remediation of Dampness and Mold Contamination,""...spore counts and culture results, which tend to be what are included in indoor air quality reports, do not capture the full range of exposures. We have found that thorough visual inspections and/or detection of problem areas via musty odors are more reliable. These methods have been used in past NIOSH research and have shown a correlation with health risks in buildings that have indoor environmental complaints."
Mold911 Mold Inspections include Mold Testing
Mold testing should be done only to determine, mold species and airborne mold spore concentration. MOLD911's Certified Mold Inspectors follows the recommendations of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration Mold Guidelines (OSHA), National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), the EPA and the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA).
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Mold Inspection Process
Non-Intrusive Visual Inspection
The first step in our Mold Inspection process is to non-intrusively investigate signs of moisture issues causing Mold. We use tools like, hygrometer, to test humidity levels behind walls. The amount of visible Mold may help to determine the extent of remediation necessary. Intrusive observation is sometimes needed to assess the mold level. This includes moving furniture, lifting (or removing) carpets, checking behind wallpaper or paneling, checking ventilation ductwork, and exposing small areas to look in wall cavities. Our experienced Mold Inspectors can recognize musty odors and focus on areas where signs of moisture & water damage appear.
After, the investigation into moisture issues we conclude the Mold Inspection with a Mold Test. The Mold test will identify the mold species and the airborne mold spore count within your home. Click here to read more about Our Mold Testing procedures.
Mold Inspection / Test Results, Guidelines for Mold Remediation
Our Mold Assessment and the Lab The Certificate of Analysis will be sent to you usually between 24 to 48 hours. If elevated airborne mold spores are confirmed, we will present you with Guidelines for Mold Remediation.
2 Factors that Cause of Mold Growth
Active Water Sources
- High Humidity
- HVAC Condensation
- Roof leaks
- Leaky pipes
- Flooding issues
- Grading issues
- Drainage issues
- Cracks in foundation or exterior walls
Food Source -
- Cellulose Materials