Are you worried that mold is making you sick?
Do you smell a moldy, musty odour and don’t know where it is coming from?
Did you have a past flood or leak and now see what looks like mold?
If you have said yes to these questions then you are not alone. In fact I just mentioned the top three reasons why people call for a mold inspection.
Not surprisingly, there are eight more reasons why you should consider getting a mold inspection… Read below to find out.
8 Reasons You Might Need a Mold Inspection
What is the Mold Inspection Process?
We always start by having a chat to learn as much as possible about the situation in your home or property in order to prepare an action plan for the inspection.
Next we come your property and conduct a visual inspection for the presence of mold or moisture. All issues will be documented and explained to give you an understanding of what we are dealing with.
The main goal of the inspection is to figure out where source the of the mold or moisture is coming from, so we can ensure it doesn’t come back.
Throughout the inspection, we will be using various tools to assist us with the inspection.
A moisture meter is used to determine moisture levels on walls, floors, ceilings and visible structural members.
We also use the infrared camera to detect clues relating moisture within walls, floors and ceilings. This technology is very sensitive to heat signatures on different surfaces. It shows us what cannot be seen with the naked eye.
It is a verification tool that helps to reinforce the findings of a moisture meter, or alerts us to areas that require additional investigation. In fact, our infrared inspections often expose other issues that we didn’t intend to find, such as missing insulation.
Indoor humidity and temperature play a role in mold growth. When the humidity is too high inside (above 55%) and the temperature is mild, then mold has a better chance of growing. We use a thermo-hygrometer to determine this.
Air sampling for mold is often needed figure out how many spores are present in the air. This essentially determines whether the air is safe or not.
Surface sampling for mold tells us what types of mold species are present and have settled on various surfaces within the home. Mold inspectors collect swab, tape and physical bulk samples.
All samples, whether they are taken from the air or surface will be sent to an independent microbial lab for analysis and reporting.
Once the lab has completed the analysis of the samples we’ve provided, they will send us a lab report. We forward this on to you, along with a simple interpretation of the test results, which makes it easier for you to understand what you are dealing with.
After the mold inspection has been completed, we always provide a verbal inspection report of the findings, along with maintenance tips and an action plan to follow.
A written mold report, including photos and details of the inspection are often required, especially if the findings from the mold inspection need to be shared with a mold removal company, insurance provider or service contractor. Your written report will explain the levity of such concerns, along with appropriate recommendations to be followed.
After all of the mold and moisture has been removed, and your home is restored, it is time for a mold clearance test. Clearance tests are important because they will either verify whether the mold removal effort has been successful or not.
*It is critical to have this test done by an independent 3rd party mold inspector, rather than the company that performed the removal and clean up. You need to be sure that your mold clearance test is unbiased.*According the IICRC (Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification) all mold samples should be sent to an accredited microbial lab, that is set in a controlled environment. So make sure that your mold inspector doesn’t analyze the samples he’s collected.