The Mold Inspection Process
Typically, an inspection for mold is a six-step process which consists of the following:
Before starting any visual mold inspections, we collect critical information from you. We ask why you want an inspector to look for mold, and ask about any leaks or history of flooding. We want to know you if can see mold growing or if you have experienced any strange odors. The information you provide helps us to focus on specific areas during the inspection process.
When conducting a Mold Inspections, we look for signs that indicate mold growth potential. Mold needs a water source to grow. Not surprisingly, mold grows in areas that carry water, such as near plumbing, or roof vents and other openings that can admit water. During the visual inspection, we look for leaks, stains and other conditions favorable to mold growth such as high humidity – often a result of poor ventilation. To help us, we use a variety of other tools such as moisture meters and thermal leak detectors to accurately provide the inspector information beyond the capability of just the naked eye.
To detect and verify the mold conditions in the air and on surfaces we conduct mold testing using both air samples and/or surface samples. When we suspect mold growth behind the walls., we take cavity samples from inside your walls.
After we collect the samples, we send them to an independent laboratory, licensed by the Texas Department of Health, for analysis. At the lab, they identify the types of mold. From the air samples they can determine the amount of spores per cubic meter that are circulating in the air. From the Surface samples will determine the type of spore and the fungal growth rates.
After we receive the mold testing results from the laboratory, we look at the results to see their significance. Then we look at the different types of mold found. We look at how many spores of each type were found in the trap. Later we compare samples taken at indoor locations vs outdoor locations. At last, we use all that information as the basis for a plan to fix your mold problem.
Mold Inspection Report
We compile inspection photos, sample findings, atmospheric measurements and lab into a concise, easy to read report for you to understand If it turns out that you have contamination that needs professional remediation, We can write a Mold Assessment Protocol that your remediator can use to create a Mold Work Plan.