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Lynnwood Mold Testing & Inspections

There are many misconceptions surrounding mold testing. This is one of the reasons why having a professional team inspect your house is the best way to assess the quality of your indoor air.

Our goal is delivery high-quality mold testing and inspections services in Lynnwood. And unlike other companies, we always find the source of the problem and guarantee that the mold won’t come back.

The Problem with Traditional Mold Testing

Mold testing and inspection services are traditionally made up of three steps, which are:

  • Gather samples from a house or building
  • Send them in for testing
  • Mail the results back to the customer

After opening our doors in 2003, it was evident that this system didn’t do much for our customers. Yes, homeowners did receive a full report detailing the types of mold found in their house, but this didn’t help them answer the most burning question: how can you fix it permanently?

The Environix Approach to Testing Mold

Our main goal is to provide accurate mold testing accompanied by rigorous on-site inspections that help locate the origin of the excess moisture.

Excess humidity can result from groundwater flooding, poor ventilation, or leaking pipes. Whatever the source may be, you’ll need to properly address it in order to solve your mold problem once and for all.

Unlike conventional approaches, the Environix testing and inspection protocol delivers actionable solutions in addition to identifying the type of mold present in your home.

Identify the Presence of Mold

The first steps are to verify the presence of elevated mold levels through innovative testing.

Validate the Severity of the Problem

The tests will also help us ascertain the severity of the problem, which in turn will tell us the potential magnitude of the infested area.

Locate the Source of Moisture

Mold thrives in dark, humid places. This can range from an unused basement to a poorly ventilated guestroom that has a moist carpet.

Cleaning and Remediation

Once we locate the source, we can begin the cleaning and removal process. Our team of mold testing professionals create a containment area, clean the space, and take out the materials that can’t be salvaged.

Set Up Anti-Moisture Measurements

Once the area has been properly cleaned, we set up anti-moisture measurements to make sure the mold problem doesn’t come back.

Frequently Asked Questions About Mold Testing

Is Mold Bad for Your Health?

In a nutshell, mold does affect your health, but it’s important to clear up all the misconceptions. The main health effects caused by mold are allergies and asthma. Other rare symptoms like infections and unusual diseases may occur, but these only attack folks with compromised immune systems. The best way to figure out if excess mold is causing health conditions is through mold testing and inspections.

If Mold is Natural, Why Should I Be Concerned?

It’s true that mold is natural, but it can still cause adverse effects on our health. Think about other organic allergens like cat dander. Cat dander particles are floating around all over the place, but high concentrations can cause unpleasant effects for allergic people.

The same happens with mold spores. Having elevated spore levels throughout your house can greatly affect people with asthma, allergies, or weakened immune systems. The best way to confirm that mold is the source of your allergies is to get a testing team to inspect your home.

Finding a Reliable Mold Testing Company

Get in touch with Environix today and our team of seasoned mold inspectors will be glad to help. You can give us a call at 425-563-6480 or by submitting our online contact form today!

Case Study: House Mold Inspection for Recurring Mold in Lynnwood

PROJECT SUMMARY

REASON FOR INSPECTION:

  • Mold growth on the walls in the master bedroom and in the bathroom reappears even after cleaning.

PROPERTY DESCRIPTION:

  • This single family residential property was built in 1925 and is 1,240 ft².

CAUSE OF MOLD:

  • The cause of the mold growth is directly related to the elevated humidity in the home. The elevated humidity allows for condensation to form on the cooler surfaces creating areas conducive for mold growth.

LABORATORY RESULTS

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ANALYSIS OF YOUR RESULTS:

  • No Amplification:  No mold spores were measured at levels equal to or above the threshold, and do not indicate a site of probable mold amplification and growth.  Please refer to the attached report for more detailed information.

JOBSITE PHOTOS

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RELATIVE HUMIDITY & TEMPERATURE READINGS:

mold in bathroom

CO2 READINGS:

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VENTILATION:

OBSERVATIONS:

  • Relative humidity levels are highly elevated. Generally, indoor RH levels should remain under 55% or under 50% in homes with poorly insulated exterior walls.
  • CO2 levels are elevated. While not a direct health problem, elevated CO2 levels are an indication of stale indoor air and poor ventilation. This can lead to a buildup of pollutants and humidity, which can cause mold growth. Following the ventilation recommendations listed below will lower the CO2 levels in the home.
  • Home suffers from insufficient ventilation. This leads to a buildup of indoor pollutants and increases the relative humidity, creating conditions conducive to mold growth and dust mites.

LOCATION: Master Bathroom

OBSERVATIONS:

  • The bathroom window has present evidence of heavy condensation and heavy mold problems.

CEILING:

  • Heavy condensation-based mold growth noted on bathroom ceiling and walls. This occurs when the warm, moist air generated by shower usage interacts with the cool surface of the ceiling and walls. Without adequate ventilation, this causes condensation and subsequent mold growth.

SHOWER:

  • Grout and caulking are in good condition and shows no signs of recent water intrusion.

Recommendations:

  • See ventilation section above for recommendations to eliminate condensation.

LOCATION: Bathroom

OBSERVATIONS:

  • The bathroom window has present evidence of light condensation and light mold problems.

CEILING:

  • Light mold growth noted on bathroom ceiling and walls. This occurs when the warm, moist air generated by shower usage interacts with the cool surface of the ceiling and walls. Without adequate ventilation, this causes condensation and subsequent mold growth.

SHOWER:

  • Grout and caulking are in good condition and shows no signs of recent water intrusion.

LOCATION: Bedroom

OBSERVATIONS:

  • Moderate condensation-based mold was noted on exterior walls.
  • The bedroom is equipped with double paned vinyl framed windows with present evidence of heavy condensation and heavy mold problems.
  • Infrared thermal imaging revealed limited thermal protection in the areas where mold growth is occurring. This means this area of the wall has low insulation.

Recommendations:

  • Keep contents and furniture a minimum of 2-3 inches away from exterior walls to help prevent mold growth on these surfaces.