Mold Inspection Marietta
When Should You Have A Mold Inspector Test For Mold In Your Home?
A Mold Inspection should be done if you want to determine if mold is growing in your home.
Mold Inspection should be done if purchasing any home, especially if home was vacant or "as-is".
Mold Testing should be done after any flooding or water damage event.
Mold Testing should be done whenever you find a leak that has been present for more than 24 hours.
Mold Testing should be done if you smell or suspect mold but do not see any visible mold growth.
Mold Testing should be done if unusual stains appear on furniture or building material.
Mold Testing should be done if residents of your home experience a long-term medical condition without a known cause.
10 Reasons To Have A Mold Inspection
To establish a baseline for future testing. This allows a mold professional to track and evaluate the progress of mold abatement activities. If the current levels are unknown, it is difficult to establish that progress has been made.
To establish the presence of mold and the justification for remediation. Many remediators and insurance companies will not authorize or undertake mold remediation if the presence of mold growth is not scientifically demonstrated.
To set the parameters for the remediation. Many remediation companies will not initiate an abatement project without the input of a testing company to define the boundaries of the affected area needing remediation.
To identify the types of mold present, i.e. "natural" or "toxic". In many cases, residents are interested in the types of mold present and the possible relation to medical symptoms they may be experiencing. Certain mold species may cause serious illness in the elderly, or in infants; people who have weak immune systems due to chemotherapy or AIDS. Testing can assure the indoor environment is free of mold species that may cause infection in susceptible persons.
To find out the levels present. Although mold is mold, and its presence calls for remediation, it is useful to know if the ambient airborne levels are in a range of thousands, or hundreds of thousands. For example, this may affect decisions regarding the timeliness of remediation, and the continued occupancy of the premises.
To find "hidden mold". Mold growth may often not be visible in a house, but known water intrusion or a moldy odor provides cause for concern. Testing will identify if there is a mold problem, even when there is no visible mold growth.
To "clear" a remediation, that is, to show that all mold is gone after remediation. Often, mold remediation will miss a mold-contaminated area. Testing of the air in the contained work area will assure that the levels inside the work area are reduced to ambient levels. This also provides documentation for future real estate transfers that the mold was properly and effectively removed.
To "establish" the lack of mold, as in a home purchase. Sometimes a homebuyer will have concerns about mold when purchasing a new home. This may be as a result of a bad experience with mold in their previous residence. Mold testing can provide the peace of mind that there are no problems with elevated airborne mold in the new house.
To show that a flood has not yet created mold growth. Floods in homes and offices can occur due to breaks in plumbing lines, or failure of plumbing fixtures. After the cleanup and drying, it is useful to test for mold to assure occupants that mold has not grown as a result of the flooding.
To support a legal case. A lawyer or plaintiff usually needs to have objective evidence of the presence or absence of mold and mold exposure to support a legal action. Testing can show scientifically that mold was, or was not, present.
The Mold Investigation
Initial Mold Consultation
Clients disclose why they would like a mold inspection. Usually they have seen mold, smell a musty odor, feel a high humidity in the home or have become ill at home or a combination of these.
Visual Mold Inspection
Looking for visual mold, water stains, moisture intrusion.
Recording humidity levels and temperatures from room to room.
Checking suspect areas with a surface moisture meter or thermal imaging camera to detect further moisture in wall cavities.
The visual inspection and consultation will indicate which rooms need to be air sampled along with an outdoor control sample.
If a surface area has suspected mold that is visual, then a swab or a physical sample can be taken, to confirm the type of mold.
The mold Inspection report is written upon receiving the lab analysis. The lab results are interpreted in the report and visual findings are recorded.
Recommendations can be made free of charge by the mold inspector.
The lab results are legal documents and have individual identification numbers on them.
Recommendations and Removal
Any recommendations be done by a Certified Mold Inspector or Remediator.
Mold removal can be more dangerous than having dormant mold in a home.
Negative air pressure machines, hepa filters, gloves and masks should be used.
Final Mold Air Sampling
Mold Air samples of the same rooms should be done after all moldy surfaces are cleaned or removed.
Final mold air sampling will show mold levels decreased to an acceptable level in these rooms.
Lab results from final mold air sampling is the proof you need to be assured that the infesting mold has been removed properly and completely.