A mold inspection is an inspection where the structure is examined for the possibility of microbial growth. This is often done by visually inspecting the structure for signs or conditions suitable for microbial growth. If testing is required then air and physical samples are taken and sent to a certified lab for further analysis.
There are typically 2 types of mold inspections to consider. The first is called a Complete Mold Inspection. A Complete Mold Inspection is most often used when the presence of mold is suspected but not necessarily visible. Water leaks behind walls, musty smells and curiosity are typically some of the reasons one may want a Complete Mold Inspection. Complete Mold Inspections will typically include a full visual examination of the structure and a couple air samples for identifying the types of mold in the air and whether or not they are elevated. We employ the use of an infrared camera to help locate possible water leaks in areas the naked eye cant see.
The second is typically called a Limited Mold Inspection. Limited Mold Inspections's are most commonly done when the presence of microbial growth is visible or if the testing is only being done in a specific area rather than the whole structure. The process is mostly the same but with a Limited Mold Inspection the inspection is limited to a specific area of concern. Air and/or physical samples are often taken as well.
Believe it or not mold is part of our everyday life. The spores are in the air we breathe and on the food we eat. It becomes a problem when these spores are introduced to moisture inside the home. Moisture in unwanted areas can be from a multitude of different things and if undetected or if left alone mold can in some cases develop almost immediately. Common areas we find mold are in crawlspaces, under or behind plumbing fixtures, around or inside HVAC ducts, and in attics. It's important to always take notice and act when you suspect or see any unwanted moisture.
Absolutely! Its more common than you think and in most cases mold will be localized. Mold needs food and energy to survive and without them it dies. Eliminating the moisture source is the first step to successful mold remediation. Depending on the size of the affected area(s) and the materials involved, mold can be chemically cleaned in most cases and life can get back to normal. If mold is discovered we will discuss your options and help get you teamed up with the right company(s) to help get your home back to healthy.