MOLD INSPECTIONS & TESTING
We’re not looking for repeat customers. If we’ve done our job correctly, you’ll never need to call us again. We believe every aspect of a mold inspection must work toward a permanent resolution.
The traditional approach to mold inspections:
- Collect samples throughout your home or building
- Send the samples to a lab
- Forward the lab report to the client
When we opened our doors in 2003 we quickly realized the standard approach wasn’t really achieving anything for our clients. Sure, customers had a report showing how much mold they had in their home, but they didn’t have an action plan to solve the problem. $500-1,000 is a lot of money to spend on directionless information.
The problem? Mold testing can’t identify the source of the mold.
Mold testing does serve a purpose – it can successfully identify the type and quantity of mold. But mold spores are ubiquitous. Even the cleanest home will have thousands of mold spores floating around at any given point.
Because of this fact, a mold testing report cannot provide the information you really need – what is causing the mold growth? How do I keep it from coming back?
Our solution: Combine mold testing with rigorous on-site moisture inspections.
Mold growth only occurs when excess moisture is present. Therefore, the best way (and only way) to solve a mold problem is to find the source of the moisture. In some homes it’s a liquid water intrusion such as a leaky pipe or ground water flooding, in others it’s due to humidity and poor ventilation. Either way, if you want the mold problem solved permanently, you must fix the moisture problem.
Our solutions based mold inspection protocol
- Verify if mold growth is present
- Determine the extent
- Find the moisture source
- Clean up the mold
- Implement a permanent moisture solution
Common Questions Regarding Mold Inspections
Is mold a health concern?
Yes, but lets put it in context. The primary health issues caused by mold are allergies and asthma. Other, less common problems such as infections can occur. But these are very rare and usually only attack people with highly compromised immune systems. For the vast majority of people the health issues revolve around asthma and allergies. The best way to determine if mold growth has impacted your indoor air quality is through mold testing.
If mold is a normal part of our environment, why should I care if it’s in my home?
A good parallel is pollen. It’s perfectly natural, but for millions of people, it produces some very unpleasant health effects. If you have asthma or are allergic to pollen, it would be a really bad idea to have flowers throughout your home. Yes, some pollen is in every home, but now you’ve dramatically increased the quantity and your exposure to the allergen. The same is true of mold growth. If you have elevated levels due to high humidity or a water intrusion, you can readily create levels 10x – 100x times the normal background levels. For individuals with mold allergies or asthma, this is very real (and entirely avoidable) problem.