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Mold Testing

A crucial component of a thorough mold inspection

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Air Samples

The most important issue, for most, is whether or not mold spores are present in the air, and whether or not occupants are breathing and inhaling toxic or harmful mold spores. Testing the air allows us to identify any airborne spores or particles.

Mold Swab Testing

Swab Samples

In unique situations where mold is visible, the assessor may take swab samples to identify the type of mold, and whether the species is toxic. This also helps when writing a protocol report and including remediation suggestions.

Mold Report

Lab Reporting

Every inspection includes a report from a 3rd party state certified environmental laboratory. Included in the report is an easy to read, fully detailed analysis breakdown of the samples taken on site at the time of the assessment.

The Importance of Collecting Samples During an Inspection:

Identifying Hidden Mold

Mold is not always visible or easy to detect with the naked eye, especially if it's growing within walls, in tight spaces, has become airborne, or in other hidden areas. Mold testing can identify the presence of mold spores in the air or on surfaces, confirming the presence of mold even when it isn't visibly detectable. It may also be necessary to test mold even if it is visible in order to identify species and toxicity levels.

Determining the Type of Mold

Not all molds are created equal. Some types, like Stachybotrys (often called black mold), can be particularly harmful, producing toxins that can pose serious health risks. Mold testing helps identify the specific type of mold present in the environment or on the surface, which is critical for assessing health risks and determining the appropriate remediation strategies.

Assessing the Extent of Mold Contamination

Mold testing can help determine how widespread a mold problem is. Knowing the extent of mold growth can guide homeowners or professionals in taking the right steps for effective removal and ensuring that all affected areas are treated.

Health Implications

Exposure to mold can cause a variety of health issues, ranging from minor irritations like coughing or sneezing to more severe reactions such as allergic reactions or asthma attacks. People with compromised immune systems or existing respiratory conditions may be particularly at risk. Mold testing is essential to assess the potential health risks in the environment and protect the occupants of the building.

Informing Remediation and Prevention Strategies

Mold testing provides detailed information that can confirm mold presence, and determine whether remediation is necessary. Knowing the type of mold, its location, and the level of contamination helps us develop a targeted and effective plan for a remediator to follow to not only remove the mold but also prevent it from returning.

Legal and Documentation Purposes

In situations involving insurance claims, real estate transactions or tenant-landlord disputes, mold testing provides documented evidence of the mold status of a property. This documentation can be critical in legal contexts or can impact the value and safety perceptions of a property.

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