MOLD INSPECTION PROCESS
Embarking on a mold inspection journey with us means prioritizing the health and safety of your living or working space. Our meticulous mold inspection process is designed to bring transparency and clarity to your environment. Upon scheduling an inspection, our expert team will conduct a thorough visual examination, leaving no stone unturned in identifying potential mold growth or moisture-related issues. Utilizing state-of-the-art equipment, we delve beyond the surface, examining areas prone to mold development. Following the visual inspection, we may employ various testing methods to assess air quality and pinpoint any hidden mold concerns. Throughout the process, our goal is to empower you with a detailed understanding of your indoor environment, providing actionable insights and tailored recommendations to ensure a mold-free and healthy living or working space. Your well-being is our priority, and we are dedicated to delivering results that grant you peace of mind.
SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT
Thank you for your interest in Mold Inspection Service. We proudly service the following counties: Sacramento, El Dorado, Placer, Nevada, Sierra, Yuba, Sutter, Yolo, Napa, Colusa, Marin, San Francisco, Santa Clara, Alameda, San Joaquin, Amador, Solano, Calaveras, Contra Costa, Stanislaus and Merced. If you have questions for one of our professionals or to schedule your appointment, give us a call @ 916-308-4853 or use our Book now feature to use our online scheduling.
VISUAL ASSESSMENT OF PROPERTY
During our visit we conduct a comprehensive visual inspection of the home, office, or commercial building in question. The inspector will be checking under sinks, toilets, showers, ventilation, closets, windows, valves, grading, downspouts, water heater, siding, and more. Our goal is to find signs of water damage and other conditions conductive to fungal growth and overall poor air quality. During this step we utilize the latest equipment the industry has to offer. Such as a Thermal Imaging Camera, Moisture Meter, Hygrometer, vapor emitter that measure ventilation airflows and more.
AREAS RECOMMEND TO SAMPLE
The inspector will help you determine what samples are needed, and/or which samples would be best based on what they found during their inspection.
It is important for us to do a full inspection in order to help decide which types of samples should be taken for your specific situation in order to get a good picture of what is going on.
SAMPLES SENT TO LABORATORY
Once the inspection is complete, a 3rd party, state licensed laboratory will test the samples. A fungal direct examination tool used to detect elevated airborne mold concentrations.
Quantification of spores is based on the amount of air sampled with spore traps; however, when analyzing swabs, bulk samples and tape lifts, a simple low, medium, or high quantification is given. To determine whether elevated concentrations are present,
a control sample from the outdoors is generally taken at the time of sampling for comparison.
Our focus is determining the existence of indoor mold growth, type of mold, and the airborne mold spore concentration (we want to know what you and your family are breathing). Primary types of lab samples that we recommend to test for mold:
- Ambient airborne mold spore samples (air in the breathing space of a room),
- Wall cavity air samples (air inside of a ceiling or wall cavity),
- Surface samples (swab, bulk materials, tape lift)
Quantification of spores is based on the amount of air sampled with spore traps; however, when analyzing swabs, bulk samples and tape lifts, a simple low, medium, or high quantification is given. To determine whether elevated concentrations are present, a control sample from the outdoors is generally taken at the time of sampling for comparison.
RESULTS SENT VIA E-MAIL
The results come back to us within 3-4 business days. Once we receive the results back from the lab, our inspector will interpret the results and create your personalized report. This is when you can expect to receive your report via E-mail. You can also expedite the samples for same day results or for a 24 hour turnaround.
FULL CUSTOMER SUPPORT
If you have questions after reviewing your report, we will be happy to go over the results with you. Your inspector should be able to figure out if you have a true mold problem, and why you have mold, and what to do next.
POST MOLD REMEDIATION
Once the mold has been completely and properly remediated, Mold Inspection Service will perform a Post Mold Remediation Clearance Inspection and Testing to ensure that the job has been done right! We are your protection!
A certified mold inspector will be able to do the following:
Confirm if a mold problem exists
Determine the severity of the mold problem
Identify what caused the mold in the first place
Prescribe a safe and effect mold removal plan
Recommend preventative tactics to avoid recurrence
A thorough visual inspection is the starting point for every professional residential or commercial mold assessment. Your mold inspector will be looking for conditions that could contribute to mold development. Visual inspection inside and outside the property.
Air and/or Surface Testing
With the information gathering during the visual assessment and the moisture mapping steps of a mold inspection, your mold inspector will be able to determine if testing will be necessary for additional lab analysis. Mold testing can determine mold levels present as well as mold species present. In-wall sampling is available.
Certified Lab Report
Our samples are taken to and analyzed by a certified lab. Depending on the lab’s turnaround time, you should expect to receive a lab report within 3-4 business days. Most likely, you will be unable to decipher the lab report on your own. Once the lab report has been released, your mold inspector should verbally decipher the lab report you, go over what all the numbers mean and thoroughly discuss the next steps. Mold Inspection Report. In addition to a full lab report, each mold inspection includes a detailed mold inspection report that carefully outlines what was completed on-site during the inspection and what the lab report means in terms of mold development. If professional mold remediation is recommended, your mold inspection will provide a recommended scope of work for remediation as well.
Thermal Imaging Cameras
Thermal imaging cameras (or infrared cameras) allow mold inspectors to detect temperature differences in (and often behind) building materials. Damp or wet building materials are almost always cooler than dry materials. This information helps in understanding how many areas have been affected by moisture, and, in turn, supporting mold growth. It’s an invaluable tool in the detection of moisture sources that cause mold growth
Airborne mold spores are not visible to the naked eye. In cases where there is a concern for hidden mold growth, air samples can be collected for additional analysis. Air samples will provide information about indoor mold spore levels and will help the mold inspector determine if indoor spore counts in the air are with normal ranges or not.
Scope of Work
A scope of work for mold remediation should include detailed cleanup suggestions as well as preventative measures that are necessary to keep mold from returning. Indoor mold growth can be a serious problem that requires professional attention. Not only does mold spread quickly, potentially damaging the structure of your home, it can also cause serious health problems to you or your family members. If you know, or even suspect, you have mold, it’s crucial that you take care of it right away.
Moisture meters are used to measure the moisture content of building materials. Moisture can buildup in porous building materials over time and can easily be overlooked. Even if the materials are dry to the touch, there could still be significant moisture locked within its pores that could support mold growth.
In some situations, it may be difficult to visually differentiate between mold and some other substance. Is it just water staining, or is it mold? Surface testing with mold swabs or bio tape lifts will answer those questions. In many cases, surface testing isn’t necessary if mold growth is visibly obvious. Inner Wall Void Sampling: When mold is suspected behind a wall or above a ceiling, those areas should be tested. Today’s mold testing technologies and techniques allow mold inspectors to take air and surface samples from wall or ceiling voids without causing unnecessary damage to the property.
If you have questions after reviewing your report, we will be happy to go over the results and interpret it with you. Your inspector should be able to figure out if you have a true mold problem, and why you have mold, and what to do next. Were happy to help.