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Mold Testing Projects & Services in Lynnwood


 

Project Type > Mold Testing for an Apartment in Lynnwood

Project Summary

  • Client has been concerned about the indoor air quality of her apartment. She has found mold on an exterior wall and has been not feeling well when at home.  Inspection was to determine the source of any problems.
  • This apartment residence was built in 1977 and is 620 ft².
  • Elevated mold levels after raking the carpets suggests allergen laden carpets.
  • Mold growth found on windows and exterior walls is the result of high indoor humidity levels leading to condensation on colder surfaces.

Laboratory Results

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ANALYSIS OF YOUR RESULTS:

  • Minor Amplification: Mold spores were detected at or near the threshold.  This indicates a possible site of mold amplification.  Further testing and/or comparison with the results of a visual inspection are necessary to determine the likelihood of indoor amplification.
The most likely contributor of the elevated mold spores is:
  • Insufficient ventilation and old, dirty carpets.
Recommendations:
  • Although your indoor mold spore count is elevated, the levels are not high enough to warrant professional remediation. By following the recommendations listed in the report and implementing regular cleaning, the mold spore levels should return to normal.

JOBSITE PHOTOS

Kitchen Fan is Ducted Outside, However The Recirculation Block-Off Plate Has Been Removed

Kitchen Fan is Ducted Outside, However The Recirculation Block-Off Plate Has Been Removed

Minor Amounts of Mold Noted in Window Channels

Minor Amounts of Mold Noted in Window Channels

Dehumidifier Is Too Small To Effectively Reduce Indoor Humidity

Dehumidifier Is Too Small To Effectively Reduce Indoor Humidity

Client Has Attempted to Clean Carpets

Client Has Attempted to Clean Carpets

RELATIVE HUMIDITY & TEMPERATURE READINGS:

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CO2 READINGS:

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LOCATION:  Bathroom

  • A thorough inspection of this bathroom revealed it is free of any visible mold, elevated moisture, or evidence of water intrusion.
  • The areas around the plumbing lines and fixtures in this bathroom are free of evidence of leaks.
  • Grout and caulking is in good condition and shows no signs of recent water intrusion.

LOCATION:  Kitchen

  • The kitchen window shows past evidence of moderate condensation problems around sliding glass door / window.
  • The areas around the plumbing lines and appliances were all free of elevated moisture.
  • The cabinet under the kitchen sink was free of evidence of water damage or mold growth.

LOCATION:  Living Room

  • The room is furnished with carpets that are stained and appear in worn condition. Old, dirty carpets can hold mold spores and other allergens for long periods of time, long after the original source of allergens has been removed.
  • The room is also furnished with upholstered furniture. Upholstered furniture is typically not vacuumed or otherwise cleaned on a frequent basis and can be a source of allergens.
  • A thorough inspection of this room revealed it is free of any visible mold, elevated moisture, or evidence of water intrusion.
  • Client noted her attempts to clean the carpets via regular vacuuming and through a consumer grade carpet cleaner.
Recommendations:
  • Consider replacing the carpets in the home. If this is not feasible, have the carpets professionally cleaned with a hot water extraction method. Ensure the carpets are able to dry very quickly to prevent mold growth.
  • While cleaning the carpets can remove dirt and allergens from older carpets, it should be noted that cleaning will never fully remove all allergens that can get trapped within the fibers of the carpets.

LOCATION:  Bedroom & Closet

  • The room is furnished with carpets in dirty and worn condition. Old, dirty carpets can hold mold spores and other allergens for long periods of time, long after the original source of allergens has been removed.
  • The bedroom closet was notably cooler than the bedroom. This may lead to condensation issues on the cold exterior wall surface, which can lead to mold growth.
  • A thorough inspection of this room revealed it is free of any visible mold, elevated moisture, or evidence of water intrusion.
  • The bedroom occupant has known asthma or allergies.
  • A portable filter is in use in this bedroom.
  • The bedroom has the following furnishings that can hold allergens and are infrequently cleaned:
  • Upholstered furniture.
  • The carpet is in dirty condition.
  • Quilt or duvet bedding.
  • Cloth drapes.
  • Bedroom closet was fully inspected. Currently no mold growth or staining was found, nor were any conditions present where mold could currently grow.
 Recommendations:
  • Add dust mite covers to the bed and pillows to seal in allergens so they are not inhaled while sleeping. These covers are easier to keep clean than a mattress or pillow.
  • Replace the bedding with easily washable blankets. Increase their laundering schedule to weekly.
  • Clean the soft window coverings in this room.
  • Keep relative humidity levels below 50% to minimize chances for condensation and/or mold growth
  • Consider removing / replacing the carpets due to age and accumulated allergens.