With any type of mold inspection, the process often focuses on areas of the home that provide a setting that is ideal for the growth of different types of mold. In many homes, this means looking closely at any area that is susceptible to some sort of moisture problem. Kitchens, bathrooms, attics, windowsills, and enclosed areas that contain water pipes are some examples of places where mold can set up and begin to proliferate if left unchecked.
Since mold can begin to grow and spread before becoming easily visible, it is often necessary to augment any home inspection with a mold inspection. This makes it possible to locate and remove dangerous mold before it has a chance to emit spores into air ducts or spread to other areas of the home undetected.
The frequency for conducting a basic mold inspection will vary from one location to another, as well as be influenced by the quality of the construction of the building. For example, an older home that is constructed mainly of wood and is located in a humid climate will likely be more susceptible to the development of mold than a newer home built in a dry climate.
Our Basic Mold Inspection includes a visual inspection of the home, and a record of the ambient temperature, wall surface temperature, relative humidity, and the surface moisture content of each room in the home. A report on the findings will be presented to the homeowner for review.
An Advanced Mold Test may include "Surface Swabs", "Tape Lifts", "Carpet Testing", "Inner Wall Air Samplings", and/or room "Air Sampling" to gather samples to be tested in a laboratory. In approximately 72 hours after the samples are gathered, these laboratory results (detailing the types and quantities of mold found) will then be presented to the homeowner to review.
The time needed to complete a Basic Mold Inspection depends on the size of the house or property, but inspections typically last between 45 minutes to 1 hour, on average.
The time needed to complete an Advanced Mold Test typically takes about 2 hours in the home, and then another 72 hours to receive the results from the laboratory.
It is important to note that we DO NOT offer any type of mold removal, or offer recommendations for mold removal companies. This would be a serious "Conflict of Interests", and you should be wary of anyone who offers to inspect for mold, and also offers to remove the mold that they find, or put you in touch with someone they recommend.