Mold Inspections and Testing
WE PROVIDE MOLD TESTING FOR THE CENTRAL COAST AND SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA AREAS
WHEN SHOULD YOU GET A MOLD INSPECTION
Mold can grow anywhere in the home, particularly in damp areas. It can grow in between walls, in basements or under your floors. In large amounts, mold can be a detriment to the health of you and your family. It’s not easy to determine when exactly you need a mold inspection at your home. If you don’t see any visible mold anywhere, you may never know there’s a problem.
THERE ARE A FEW SIGNS YOU MIGHT NEED A MOLD INSPECTION AT YOUR HOME RIGHT AWAY:
- Your home inspector notices extensive water damage/beginning signs of mold
- Your allergies/asthma kick up when you are in the living space
- You’re buying a new home
The 5 steps of a Mold inspection and testing.
A visual inspection is the most important initial step in identifying a possible mold contamination problem. The purpose of the visual assessment is to identify visual mold contamination or conditions that may be conducive to microbial growth; to detect the presence, or likely presence, of mold.
We pinpoint the problem areas in your home or business. We look for indications of mold growth such as actual mold growing on your walls or signs that there may be moisture lurking behind your walls. Signs of moisture include leaks, excessive condensation on windows, water spots on the walls, uneven foundation, cracks and gaps in exterior of property and clogged gutters.
We visually check all ventilation systems, heating and air conditioning units, particularly for damp filters but also for damp conditions elsewhere in the system and overall cleanliness.
After visually assessing the area(s) for actual visual mold and growth and evidence of heavy moisture, we will then try and pinpoint the source of the moisture which is most likely the reason that you may have a mold problem in the first place.
Swabs and air samples will be taken from areas that we have deemed to be most conducive to mold growth. Keep in mind that cross contamination (see article about cross contamination) is always a problem due to ventilation systems, air conditioning systems, heating systems and fans. In other words, if we take an air sample on the first floor, most likely, the air borne mold spores will have traveled to the second floor through the ducts and vents within the property.
After all of the necessary data is accumulated, we will send the samples (swab and/or air) to our laboratory for analysis. Once we receive the lab results confirming that there is in fact mold growth detected, we provide those to you as well as a comprehensive report outlining our findings and recommendations for remediation.
Mold Clearance Testing
The purpose of a Post Remediation Verification Inspection (PRVI) or Mold Clearance Test is to assure that the mold cleanup has been done correctly and effectively in the work area and to confirm that the cleanup did not accidentally distribute high levels of moldy dust and debris into other building areas or into its mechanical systems such as heating or air conditioning systems.
At the end of the remediation, a PRVI inspector will perform a project clearance inspection combining a visual inspection of the extent of removal and cleaning of infected materials/areas with a microscopic examination of surface, dust, air, and/or vacuum samples collected at the property.
Our trained inspector will be responsible making sure that the following is done:
We will make sure that the cleaned area as well all other building areas are completely clean of mold and mildew and fungicidal sealant was applied to cleaned areas. We will also make sure that all contaminated materials were disposed of properly.
We will collect swab samples of any physical surface that appears to still be slightly dirty or discolored. If all surfaces are clean we will collect at least one settled dust sample from a cleaned surface in each major area. paying special attention to areas (or equipment such as HVAC systems) which are at particular risk of having been cross-contaminated by inadequate dust containment measures during the cleanup. We will also collect an air sample from the areas that were contained and one from the outside area that was clean before remediation.
Process Clearance Data
After all of the necessary data is accumulated, we will send the samples (swab and/or air) to our laboratory for analysis. Once we receive the lab results confirming that your property is free of mold, we provide you with a certificate of clearance stating that you are officially a mold free environment.
WE PROVIDE MOLD TESTING FOR THE CENTRAL COAST AND SO. CALIFORNIA AREAS
Any respectable mold remediation company who is suggesting a home or business needs professional intervention should support the idea of a third party company like Home Inspection Specialists coming in to do an inspection and mold testing. Even when it is known that a problem is present, customers still benefit from involving us in the process. Our samples collection lets you know exactly what is going on and gives a clear picture of PRECISELY what needs work. Determining how far a problem has spread is crucial in determining the size of a work area. If we can contain the work area, you can be sure you’ll save on your restoration cost.
If you believe you are in need of a mold inspection at your home, schedule a time with Home Inspection Specialists. We are licensed to detect any signs of mold at your home and then recommend a course of action to treat it.Call 1-844-443-3322 today to request mold inspection services from the experienced, licensed home inspectors at Home Inspection Specialists.
Home Inspection Specialists were a pleasure to work with. We worked with Shaun who went out of his way to inform us and give us numerous options on how we could approach the mold and mildew problem that we discovered. We strongly recommend them and will use them for future projects. Thanks Shaun!!!Greg P.