When are mold inspections needed? Mold growing in the dark, damp areas. it feeds off of porous substances such as wood framing, drywall, baseboards, insulation, etc. Having a professional provide a mold inspection or mold remediation is a multi-step process. First of all, an inspection is to determine if mold is present 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, and fixture overflows or failures. Mold can also develop from inadequate airflow in places like attics and crawl spaces. Because humidity levels are high and there is no proper ventilation.
- Inspect for elevated humidity and moisture levels
- Investigate all water damage stains and take a full history of the property’s maintenance, repairs, and current condition.
- Look for apparent mold growth and trailing patterns 4.
- Look for moisture or environmental conditions that would be conducive to mold growth
- Check hidden areas that are common for mold growth
- Optional mold test includes air samples that are taken and submitted to a lab for diagnostics.
Mold only grows in the presence of organic materials and moisture. Professional mold inspections always include certified technicians. Because they are experienced, certified, and trained.
In selecting your mold professional take precautions to ask what type of testing will be done. How many areas and if they will inspect the entire property. Many times price-driven promotions offer a quick 2-3 sample mold test with a basic lab report. However, they do not offer a thorough mold inspection of your property. Nor do they provide you with extensive knowledge & information. Formal mold inspection of the property is a must for all real estate sales transactions.
Mold testing will tell you what types of mold are growing, spore count & therefore 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 molds found. The recommended safe levels are 600-750 range. The square feet of 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.
Mold inspections can also be crucial if you wish to buy a house or an investment property. In case there is a smell of mold and yet it is not visible, inspections become a crucial tool. So, you can decide if and what level of remediation is needed in your house. Inspections are also crucial after remediation has been done and you want to make sure that the process of mold remediation was done perfectly. When an inferior mold remediation project has occurred there are mold spores in the air. Despite visibility. Clearance testing of the molds gives an assurance that the remediation company did their job well and that you got value for your money. Mold inspection is, therefore, the best as it helps in a number of ways especially when the mold is not visible.
It can be a high-risk to complete a mold remediation and removal project. This is why we carry additional insurance, to cover these risks. The EPA has guidelines of what process needs to be used depending on the amount of mold found. In Summary, the EPA recommends a certified mold technician for any area with mold greater than 30 square feet At Fresh Start, we use specialized equipment like air scrubbers, negative air machines, containment barriers, respirators, and special tools to remove the mold without contaminating air quality.