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Mold Testing Inspections

What Are the Reasons for A Mold Inspection?

Mold growing over time in a Petri dish
Image from EPA.gov

A mold problem is, in a lot of ways, just like a termite problem. The signs of a household or building mold problem don't always present themselves until you start seeing signs like dark spots appearing around light switches or baseboards. Signs of a termite problem are similar where you start actually seeing them or evidence of degraded wood around your home. By that time, the problem is more advanced than you could ever know without an inspection. You should also understand that the visible growth that you see is often only the tip of the iceberg. If it has spread to the point you are seeing mold growth on walls, furniture or ceilings, a professional mold remediation will need to take place.

When is a Mold Inspection Needed?

We are usually called into a home or business for one or more of the following reasons:

  • Experienced Recent Water Damage
  • Observing Visible Growth
  • Noticing a Persistent, Musty Odor
  • Experiencing Unexplained Health Complications
  • A Planned or Pending Real Estate Transaction
  • Looking For or Maintaining Peace of Mind

 
The Main Goals Of An Inspection

Identify the Mold Source: The mold problem will return if the source of the moisture problem that caused it to begin with isn't found and fixed first. Issues for cause include leaky water pipes, roof leaks, breaches of the exterior walls where water can seep in, and/or a past flooding event. The inspection should look for both, current and past mold growth and the causes of each.

Determine the Extent of the Mold Problem: In many cases, your interior walls, flooring and ceiling cavities are already full of unseen mold by the time you start seeing signs of it in your home or building.

Determine the Extent of the Mold Problem (cont.): Our professionals use air quality and imaging equipment that helps us to put together a complete report that will prepare you for the repair or remediation that will be required to completely eliminate the problem.

Our Mold Inspection Process

  • Initial Consultation with Our IICRC Certified Inspector
  • Visual Inspection to Include Moisture Mapping and Thermal Imaging
  • Air and/or Mold Sampling as Requested or Recommended
  • Generate and Present Lab Results
  • Present Recommendations and Removal
  • Conduct Clearance Sampling Upon Completion

Do I Need A Professional Mold Company For an Inspection?

If you see mold, then you can reasonably assume that you already know you have a problem. So why would you still need to perform a mold inspection?

A basic visual inspection lets you know you have mold; but what you DON’T know is whether or not that mold is toxic or non-toxic. You also don’t have an evaluation of your indoor air quality. When indoor growth problems exist, they release thousands of spores into the air that have the potential to cause the serious health problems mentioned elsewhere. Without taking air samples, there is no way to determine how widespread the air quality problem is, or far the problem has spread.

ERS mold inspectors are highly trained and certified through the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration (IICRC). What you are getting with a professional mold inspector is someone who has extensive experience with a wide range of mold growth problems that they typically can find the source, extent and a solution that you know will completely resolve the problem.

The mold experts at Emergency Restoration Services use cutting-edge technology like moisture meters and infrared thermal imaging cameras allowing for the detection of mold that can’t be seen by the naked eye, hidden by building materials or in hard-to-reach areas.

The inspection also may call for an air quality sample. This sample will be sent to a third party laboratory for analysis, which will return scientifically valid data from an impartial source.