MOLD SAMPLING/ TESTING
Mold is a fungal growth that forms and spreads on various kinds of damp or decaying organic matter.
What is mold?
Mold is a type of fungus that can grow outdoors as well as indoors. Indoors, it thrives on moist, warm environments and can be found in areas such as bathrooms, kitchens and laundry rooms and more. Mold can grow on a variety of surfaces including walls, ceilings, floors, and furniture. Mold can appear in all shapes and colors from black to white to green to red and everything in between. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that mold is present in about 50% of homes and other buildings in the United States. Mold can grow and spread quickly, and a small patch of mold can double in size in just 24-48 hours if the conditions are right.
What does a mold inspection include?
Mold may be visible to the naked eye or detected by its distinctive odor, but it can also be present in an invisible and odorless form. When conducting a home inspection, the inspector will carefully examine the property for any signs that may suggest the presence of mold. If visible mold growth is identified, the inspector may collect a sample using a swab and send it to a lab for identification. Additionally, the inspector may also collect air samples using a specialized machine, which are then sent to a laboratory for testing. This comprehensive approach allows for the detection of mold that may not be readily visible, helping to identify and address any potential issues. The sampling process is quick and easy and does not require the homeowner or tenant to exit the property or do anything special. It is easy to perform during the home inspection, or as a stand-alone service as well.
What happens after the mold inspection?
Once the samples are taken and sent off to the laboratory, the results are returned within 24-48 hours. A certified detailed report will be generated identifying any fungal spores which were identified along with the amounts and a description of the mold. There will also be levels which will indicate the severity of the spores.
What should I do with the information?
Exposure to mold can cause a variety of health problems, including allergic reactions, respiratory problems, and infections. For this reason, it is important to address mold growth in a house as soon as it is detected. This can involve identifying the source of moisture that is allowing the mold to grow, repairing any leaks or other issues, and removing the mold from affected areas. In some cases, professional mold remediation services may be necessary to ensure that the mold is properly removed and the affected areas are thoroughly cleaned and dried to prevent future growth. We can help provide with referrals or any additional information as needed.
What does the mold inspection cost?
The value of a mold inspection cannot be overstated, as the information it provides can be critical to protecting your family's health and safety. Its benefits are immeasurable, as it can help identify and address potential mold-related health hazards and prevent property damage. Our fees start at $275 for up to 3 samples if performed during a home inspection. If this service is ordered as a stand-alone service, the fee starts at $400.