I am going to tell you something that most mold remediation companies won’t tell you: you may not always need a mold test, even if you see mold! According to the Environment Protection Agency “In most cases, if visible mold growth is present, sampling is unnecessary1”. Not only that, but if a moldy area in the home is less than about 10 square feet (less than roughly a 3 ft. by 3 ft. patch), then most of the time, this can be cleaned up by an individual or a homeowner. However, if the moldy area in the home is greater than 10 square feet and/or there has been a lot of water damage, then it is recommended to consult a professional remediation company or remediation contractor to provide clean up.
What causes mold growth?
Mold growth in a home is a result of a moisture problem. The moisture could be caused by any one of the following:
● Plumbing leaks
● Roof leaks
● Water penetration
● High indoor relative humidity
● Poor ventilation
● Defective HVAC system
● Other unidentified sources
When should mold testing be conducted?
It is recommended to have mold sampling or testing conducted if the following situations are relevant:
● Mold sensitivity issues by the owner or buyer of a home
● Health concerns about hidden mold growth
● Visual mold growth is present and scientific confirmation is needed to confirm the type/species of mold
● Home smells musty, even if visible mold is not present
● Known leaks, water or moisture damage inside the home and there is a suspicion that elevated mold levels may exist in the air and/or behind walls
● Confirmation that previous mold issues have been resolved and mold counts have returned to level
● Concerns about indoor air quality
How can On Point Property Inspections help you with your mold problems?
On Point Property Inspection, LLC is company that specializes in building sciences and the identification of defects associated with all aspects of the home. Our inspector is a Certified Mold Inspection Specialist, a Certified Biodeterioration of Wood Inspector, and a Licensed Home Inspector. We believe that if our clients have concerns about mold growth in their home or there is visible mold growth, then a mold inspection should be conducted first to identify the source of the problem. Mold testing or sampling is optional based on the client’s needs and concerns. We are not a mold remediation company, and we do not sell remediation services.
What is a mold Inspection?
During a mold inspection, our inspector will conduct a visual assessment of problem areas of your home and create a report identifying visible mold and wood destroying fungus and provide digital photos for our clients. The inspector will also identify conducive conditions for mold and fungal growth, test the indoor relative humidity, test for water damage or water penetration with a moisture meter and visually inspect the HVAC system. We can provide sample identification in specific areas through bio-tape and swab mold testing. Additionally, we provide indoor air sampling, which will determine the amount of mold contamination in the air as well as determine the different types of mold present in a home. All sampling and testing will be annualized by an accredited mold laboratory for species identification.
We take pride in our mold expertise and customer service and will be happy to help you identify any potential mold issues in your home to help you feel confident in the safety and health of your home!