WHAT IS MOLD TESTING?
Mold testing and mold inspections consist of three major questions.
1)What kind of mold is present?
There are over 100,000 different types of mold species. Some mold spores are dangerous while other mold spores are not. Mold testing will help you determine what type of mold is present in your home. Knowing what kind of mold is present can be very helpful in determining the potential health risks you are facing. Many of our customers take our results to their physician. This will help your doctor know whether your health symptoms are related to the mold found in your home or commercial business.
2) Is the mold spore present at an elevated level?
The answer to this question is usually determined by comparison. When performing a mold test, the outside air sample is the control sample, compared to the inside air sample. If the inside air sample is higher than the outside control sample, then usually a mold problem does exist. Typically, the bigger the difference, the bigger the problem. The lab analysis from the accredited lab along with the 52-Point Inspection help our Results Analyst determine if there is a mold elevation issue inside your home. If our mold inspectors can see what appears to be microbial growth, we always suggest doing a surface sample, a swab or a tape lift. This will tell us if what we are looking at is mold and if so, will identify the health issues for that type of mold. Sometimes, the mere presence of certain mold spores can be very dangerous.
If you suspect mold growth,
do not hesitate to call us at 1+(877) 701-2606.
Whether you decide to hire us or not,
we would be more than happy to assist you!
3) What is the location or the source of the mold growth?
A lot of times the location or the source of the mold is obvious, such as when you have or have had any type of water damage (a leaking faucet or leaking roof, for example). Other times it is more difficult to locate the source of the moisture intrusion. In this case, our mold inspectors are equipped with state-of-the-art tools to help them determine where the potential mold problem is coming from.
Mold testing is always the first step in
resolving a mold issue in your home or business.
After your certified inspector performs your 52-Point inspection, then mold testing will be performed to determine if there is an elevated mold spore count. If so, depending on the type of mold found and the level of contamination, mold remediation may be necessary. We will then help you find a certified mold removal or mold remediation company that follows proper protocol. It is a conflict of interest to have a mold remediation company do the mold testing and inspection. For this reason, you should always have an independent, third party mold testing company do the mold testing and inspection.
Be sure to contact us after the mold removal is completed. As an additional service, we will come back and do what is known as posttest. If your results are no longer elevated and an abnormal condition no longer exists, we will issue your home or business a clean bill of health and give you a clearance letter. If not, the mold remediation company will have to come back and complete the mold removal.
Tip from “The Mold Brothers”
It is important not to pay the final payment to the mold remediation
company until your home or office has been cleared with a
posttest and we have given you a clearance letter.