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Mold Inspection

To find out if mold is a problem in your home you should contact a qualified indoor environmentalist to evaluate conditions in the home and how it is used. Even if conditions are presently dry there can be indicators of past dampness issues which could be causing current air quality issues. Such evaluations are generally outside the scope of most home inspections.


The Visual Inspection

A visual inspection is the initial step in identifying possible contamination problems. It will identify any visible water leaks or moisture stains on floors, ceilings, walls, or under counters. Heating and air conditioning systems, along with the attic and crawl spaces will receive a visual inspection as well.


Air Sampling

The purpose of air sampling is to determine the type and amount of airborne contamination in a building. Air sampling may be necessary if the presence of mold, allergens or toxins is suspected (e.g.: musty odors, allergies) but cannot be identified by a visual inspection. All air testing should also include one air sample from the exterior for comparison purposes.


The Visual Inspection

A visual inspection is the initial step in identifying possible contamination problems. It will identify any visible water leaks or moisture stains on floors, ceilings, walls, or under counters. Heating and air conditioning systems, along with the attic and crawl spaces will receive a visual inspection as well.


Air Sampling

The purpose of air sampling is to determine the type and amount of airborne contamination in a building. Air sampling may be necessary if the presence of mold, allergens or toxins is suspected (e.g.: musty odors, allergies) but cannot be identified by a visual inspection.


Tape/Swab Sampling

Tape/swab samples are usually collected from visible moldy surfaces by wiping the area with a sterile swab. This type of sampling is used to identify specific mold types.


Recommendations and Laboratory Results

Once the home has a visual inspection and the mold circumstance evaluated, action can be planned to clean it up and prevent future contamination. Based upon site evaluations and sampling lab analysis results, a remediation plan can provide a detailed course of action. In all situations, if mold exists, the underlying cause of the water damage must be corrected.


Clearance Testing

The most important part of the remediation (clean up process) process is the clearance testing. This final testing procedure provides confirmation that the project has been satisfactorily remediated and that the contamination has not spread to other areas.





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