Here is what the U.S. Government EPA says, verbatim: “Sampling for mold should be conducted by professionals who have specific experience in designing mold sampling protocols, sampling methods, and interpreting results. Sample analysis should follow analytical methods recommended by the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA), the American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists (ACGIH), or other professional organizations.”

Mold

Mold inspections include visual inspection, thermal imaging, relative humidity and temperature. The outside air sample serves as a control and will set the baseline or foundation for what is normal and acceptable, it is then compared to the inside sample (s) from the area. This will let the inspector know whether elevated conditions exist. The samples ARE ALWAYS sent to a third party accredited laboratory for analysis. Once the results have been reviewed, a detailed recommendation report or protocol will be created and provided. This report will outline where the samples were taken, species and concentration of the mold found, and what steps if necessary the mold remediation company of your choice need to follow. If the samples taken are within normal limitations and no additional steps need to be taken, then a letter of clearance will be provided, that the air-quality is within normal limitations.

Does mold affect everyone the same way?

No. Some individuals have a genetic makeup that puts them at risk for developing allergies to mold. People who have an allergy to mold, especially if they also have asthma, can become ill from exposure to a small amount of mold.

What makes mold grow? Mold enters your home as tiny spores. The spores need moisture to begin growing, digesting, and destroying. Molds can grow on almost any surface, including; Wood, Ceiling tiles, Wallpaper, Paints, Carpet, Sheet rock and Insulation.

8 situations that warrant testing for mold:

  • You are experiencing allergic symptoms, such as stuffy head, headaches, scratchy throat, runny nose and not sure why.

  • You think you see mold but are not totally sure it is mold.

  • You smell a musty odor but don’t see any obvious mold.

  • There have been plumbing leaks or water issues in your home or office.

  • You want or need air testing after mold removal has been done by you or a professional to check whether mold levels have normalized.

  • You are a buyer or seller in a real estate transaction and need evidence to deterrmine if airborne mold levels are not normal.

  • You are looking for a general assessment of your indoor air quality to make sure your family is breathing high quality clean air in your home.

 

Why Over-The-Counter Home Mold Tests Kits Are A Ripoff:

  • Mold samples are often misleading or simply wrong (i.e. due to error). You need a professional to interpret the results.

  • Home Mold Test Kits don’t include a visual inspection conducted by a mold professional … very important! A professional mold inspection includes not only sampling but also a comprehensive visual inspection to detect issues and problems related to mold that are not apparent to most people without training.

  • Mold is everywhere. Yes, all homes have small amounts of mold. Therefore, when a petri dish from a home mold test tells you that you have mold, it is not telling you anything useful since every home has mold!

  • If you suspect a mold problem but do not actually see it or smell it, these test kits do not help you locate the problem or tell you how serious it is.

How does mold grow?

Mold requires nutrients, water, oxygen and favorable temperatures to grow. Nutrients for mold are present in dead organic material such as wood, paper or fabrics; mold can also derive nutrients from some synthetic products such as paints and adhesives.

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