Mold Inspections for Commerical and Residential
Why are mold inspections needed? Most of the time, mold grows inside the cavities of walls where it is damp and dark penetrating into porous substances such as studs, drywall, baseboards, insulation, etc. Having a professional provide a mold inspection or mold remediation is a multi-step process.
The first step in mold inspections is to determine where the mold is and the cause of the mold growth. Mold forms when organic materials get wet and are not properly dried out within the 72-hour window. Wet materials can result from various water damage situations like leaky basements, broken pipes, fixture overflows or failures and can even develop from inadequate airflow in places like attics. Mold only grows in the presence of other molds (mold spores) and moisture & the course of action to remove can only be done by a certified mold technician. Professional mold inspections require certified technicians who are highly educated and equipped with the proper techniques and equipment to accomplish such a task. Call and ask how to receive our exclusive 5-Years of Free Annual Mold Inspections!
What's Included in Mold Inspections?
1. Inspection of moisture intrusion
2. Investigate water damage or stains
3. Look for apparent mold growth and trailing patterns
4. Look for moisture or environmental conditions that would be conducive to mold growth
5. Checking suspected areas with a surface moisture meter to detect further moisture in wall cavities that may not be seen or felt
Another step is an optional mold test, which can be conducted with air samples that are taken and submitted to a lab for diagnostics. Mold testing will tell you what types of mold are growing & spore count, or toxicity, of the mold. There are multiple types of mold, some are harmful & some are not. However, any type of mold left in time can become toxic. Mold can also grow rapidly in just a few short months.
Aspergillus/Penicillium is the most common form of indoor mold found and the recommended safe levels are 600-750 range. Depending on the square feet or the total amount of a mold present will greatly affect the mold ranges and can even climb into spore counts of 5,000+. An environmental test can be inconclusive & even unreliable as the airborne level of particles varies enormously from moment to moment, especially depending on variables in building conditions. An air test captures a small volume of air at a moment in time and should not be used as the sole criteria for passing or failing a mold clearance inspection and test, thus the reason for the recommendation of a non-invasive mold inspection.
The actual mold remediation and removal process can be complicated due to the high risk involved. The EPA has guidelines of what process needs to be used depending on the amount of mold found. In Summary, the EPA recommends any molded areas greater than 30 square feet to be removed by a certified mold technician. At FreshStart, we use specialized equipment like air scrubbers, negative air machines, containment barriers, respirators, and special tools to remove the mold without contaminating air quality.