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Professional Mold testing and inspection services should only perform by a certified mold inspection company. Broadly speaking, most mold testing involves taking a sample of either the air or a surface. Essentially, a mold inspector "tests" the air or surface to determine what kind of mold exists and/or if the mold found can grow in the area tested. After the mold samples arrive at the mold testing laboratory, there are many ways to analyze these mold samples. The most common methods involve transferring relevant sections (or all) of the submitted mold sample onto a glass microscope slide, adding a stain that mold spores can absorb, and then evaluating the sample for evidence of mold growth.
Visual mold inspection (service cost $175.00 up to 2,200 square feet)
Our mold inspection consists of the following:
1. Visual inspection for mold growth.
2. HVAC and air ducts video borescope inspection.
3. Relative humidity reading
4. Structural moisture reading
5. Thermal Imaging Inspection
6. IAQ contamination testing with particle counters
7. AC evaluation by a licensed ac contractor (When needed )
8. General findings report (When needed )
In addition, Mold Testing at $125.00 per sample (When needed )
Swab, Bulk, Tape surface samples of any visible mold
Air samples in areas of concern (Non-visible mold)
Third-party accredited laboratory analyzation
General findings report with a protocol of any required work
*A standard Air Quality Testing would be two indoor air samples near the area of concern and one outdoor sample. The outdoor sample establishes a reference or baseline for normal mold levels in an area compared to the indoor samples.
Since mold occurs naturally in our environment, its presence in your home or business may not pose a threat. But since mold, mildew, and other indoor environmental impurities can be dangerous at high concentrations or even at low concentrations for people or pets with unusually high sensitivity, it’s important to consult with Home Enviro professional mold inspector if you suspect a mold-related problem.
Okay, so you see something that you think is mold. Does that mean it’s a mold problem? Maybe. Maybe not. Consumers can be misled to think that the mere presence of mold means there is a problem that requires the expertise of a mold removal company. That’s not always the case. There can be mold on a surface but not in the air. Mold removal companies bank on the visible signs of mold to justify expensive repairs that may be unnecessary. Like most repairs, mold repairs have varying levels of severity. Some visible mold can be wiped away, other mold needs to be cut out. It could require the specialty service of a mold removal company.
Sometimes it’s impossible to see a potential leak. Whether it’s in a pipe behind a wall or a pipe that’s clearly visible, any potential sources of water intrusion must be examined frequently. A routine thermography inspection can give you images of areas where moisture is present by examining temperature differences. It’s impossible to see or feel these spots without infrared equipment so having a professional run a survey periodically will help prevent major water intrusion. Water intrusion can happen in any building, no matter how well it is maintained. As buildings get older, their materials start to wear down and slowly allow water to enter where it shouldn’t. Before you have to deal with the headache that comes with major water intrusion.
Mold in air ducts most commonly occurs when there is moisture inside the ductwork. As cool air flows through the vents on hot days, the moisture in the air can condense inside the air vent. You can see the same principle at work when you drink an icy beverage, and water beads up on the outside of the glass. When moisture is present, mold can flourish inside vents. The mildew can be introduced into the vents in several ways. Mold spores are generally airborne or spread through the air. Spores can enter the ductwork by simply blowing in from another area of the home, or from outside. The conditions need to be right for the spores to develop, however. A single mold spore can blow inside your home and begin to develop into a colony if the conditions are right. Warmer, moist environments are ideal for mildew spores to grow.
The most common method uses a "spore trap" and is called a "spore trap sample." Spore traps work by having a known volume of air pass impact a sticky surface as it passes through the spore trap sampling device. Most of the particles in the air also impact this sticky surface and consequently adhere to, and are captured on, this sticky surface. Mold spores comprise a subset of these 'particles in the air' and also are captured on the sticky medium inside the spore trap.
Surface samples can be taken in a variety of ways. The three most common methods are:
A piece of the sampled area is physically removed and sent to the mold testing laboratory.
Something akin to a cotton swab is rubbed across the area being sampled, often a measured area, and subsequently sent to the mold testing laboratory.
A piece of clear tape is pressed against and removed from the area being sampled, presumably picking up and removing part of any mold that was present on the surface, and then set to the mold testing laboratory for analysis.
We perform professional, industry-standard mold inspections using only Professional Certified Licensed Florida Mold Assessor. If you’re concerned about MOLD in your home or business, Home Enviro can help. Schedule a mold inspection with a CERTIFIED MOLD EXPERT TODAY.
Samples are generally best taken if visual, non-invasive examination reveals apparent mold growth or conditions that could lead to growth, such as moisture intrusion or water damage. Musty odors can also be a sign of mold growth. If no sign of mold or potential for mold is apparent, one or two indoor air samples can still be taken, at the discretion of the inspector and client, in the most lived-in room of the house and at the HVAC unit.
Outdoor air samples are also typically taken as a control for comparison to indoor samples. Two samples -- one from the windward side and one from the leeward side of the house -- will help provide a more complete picture of what is in the air that may be entering the house through windows and doors at times when they are open. It is best to take the outdoor samples as close together in time as possible to the indoor samples that they will be compared with.
After the mold samples arrive at the mold testing laboratory, there are many ways to analyze these mold samples. The most common methods involve transferring relevant sections (or all) of the submitted mold sample onto a glass microscope slide, adding a stain that mold spores can absorb, and then evaluating the sample for evidence of mold growth.
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Humidity levels above 55 percent can allow MOLD to GROW, although levels of 70 percent are more ideal for mold growth.
Humidity is usually measured by a hygrometer and reported as relative − % water vapor in the room air relative to the total amount of vapor in the same room air may contain at a given temperature; absolute humidity amounts the water in grams per kg of air (g/kg) at a defined pressure. Thus, indoor AH appears to correlate better with outdoor AH than outdoor and indoor RH in some regions, but not in others, in part depending on the season, building style, and ventilation.
Mold remediation costs can vary from the low end of 500 and upwards 5,000 depending on the type of mold removal. Most homeowners call mold abatement companies when they spot Black mold or smell mildew. While this is fine, there are other types of mold to be concerned about: Aspergillus, Alternaria, and Cladosporium.
These types of mold can cause serious health issues and should be sought after by a professional mold inspection company.
Get a clearance inspection.
But not from the company who did the work! For the purpose of this article, post-abatement, post-remediation, and clearance are synonymous terms. Essentially, it means checking the work after it has been done. As a general rule, owners can solve a mold problem in-house if the total repair cost is $500 or less, and the affected area is less than ten (10) square feet. Otherwise, all post-remediation verification in Florida should be done by a mold inspection company that is licensed and insured. In either case, a clearance inspection should be done to verify the mold has been adequately removed prior to reconstruction. It will also satisfy disclosure requirements for buyers in the event of sale or transfer. The clearance inspection will demonstrate your due diligence in having the problem handled properly in the event of a formal complaint or lawsuit. The purpose of a mold clearance inspection is to provide a limited investigation report based on the remediation activity performed at the site by an independent mold remediation contractor. A post-remediation inspection, both visual and analytical, is performed to ensure a return to a pre-mold contaminated environment. The post-remediation inspection is based on the following four (4) criteria:
If all four (4) of these criteria are met, then the mold remediation efforts are considered to be acceptable (PASS), and no further remediation is recommended. If any four (4) criteria are not met, then the mold remediation efforts are considered unacceptable (FAIL), and further remediation is recommended.
Not getting Post Remediation Verification means: you cannot guarantee that the mold remediation company completed their job, that you have not eliminated the owner’s liability exposure, and that you are potentially leaving the resident or other occupants at risk of getting sick. Paying mold remediation contractors thousands of dollars is for the expertise and release of liability. Mold remediation contractors who are not testing, are not following the IICRC’s standard, and doing any property manager, asset manager, owner, and residents a disservice.
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