The Purpose Of Mold Inspection and Testing
There are horror stories about toxic molds, black mold, and all sorts of health hazards from molds in the news just about every day. As a result, many home owners are scheduling mold inspection and testing for their homes.
Exactly what is done when a professional comes to your home and inspects it or tests it for the presence of mold? First, why should a homeowner get mold testing? There are several reasons including as part of the buying or selling of a home or if a homeowner suspects they may have mold in their home. The latter would want to know what type of mold they have and how to get rid of it and ensure it doesn’t return.
When a homeowner arranges for a mold inspection, they can expect the inspector to involve the following steps.
Complete visual inspection of the entire property. Mold inspectors are trained to find mold growths in every possible area, but will start with a visual inspection because this will give them an idea of where to look for mold colonies that may not be visible.
Testing for moisture. The mold inspector will use moisture meters to find the most likely areas of mold growth. Moisture found in sheetrock, wood, and other locations could hiding mold.
Detect leaks. Mold inspectors will look for any leaks in the ceiling, roof, and water pipes because this is where mold will grow. Even the smallest cracks in a home’s exterior can allow water in that can cause real damage if not corrected.
Test air and surface samples. Mold inspectors will take samples of the air from various places inside the building and will also take a base sample from outside. The outdoor sample will serve as the standard air quality sample for the laboratory and they will use this as the standard against which they will compare the indoor samples. The laboratory will be able to tell if there are any mold spores present in the indoor air samples and if there are, what type.
Mold inspectors may offer the above services in a variety of ways, either individually or as part of a package. A homeowner should beware of any mold inspectors who offer mold inspections for a very low price as they will most likely charge more for the estimates and results from the laboratory or will try and charge more for each service a la carte.
If a homeowner suspects they may have mold in their home, it is a good idea to get it inspected and tested for the presence of mold. Mold poses serious health hazards to both the homeowner and their family and should be corrected if found.
Black Mold Removal And Remediation
Black mold, also known as Stachybotrys chartarum, is a toxic mold that sends its spores through the air as it spreads anywhere there is moisture. Black mold makes people sick, plain and simple, causing health problems that range from allergic reactions all the way to severe lung disorders and even death. Black mold is especially dangerous for anyone with respiratory diseases, immunodeficiency or allergies. If you see black mold or suspect that you may have black mold in your home, it is crucial that you have black mold removal and mold remediation done immediately.
Where It Grows
Black mold occurs where there is moisture and high humidity. Water pipes are infamous for developing black mold and because they are rarely inspected, black mold can grow uninterrupted for a period of time. Another area where black mold may grow for a while is an inner wall where rainwater may have been dripping in because of a blocked rain gutter. Bathrooms are a favorite spot for black mold, especially the grout between tiles. Loosened wallpaper is another potential place to find black mold as well as warped wood on both floors and wallboards.
Black mold can be found almost anywhere. A dank, musty smell will almost always be the first sign and by the time the mold is visible it is usually a colony large enough to be a health hazard. The first visible signs may be a yellow stain on the ceiling or a wall. A professional will use a black light in the dark to find the black mold. The black light will cause the mold to glow yellow in the dark.
Removing the Black Mold
If the contaminated area is larger than ten square feet, it is highly recommended that professional mold removal and remediation specialists be hired to deal with the contamination problem. Black mold is a toxic mold and can cause serious health issues if the removal and remediation are not handled properly.
When hiring professionals to perform black mold removal and remediation ask for references and ask how long they have been in business. Also ask to see their license and ask what methods they will use to remove the mold contamination and how long they think it will take. They should ask to come to your home to evaluate the contamination problem and provide you a written estimate, not try to give you a quote over the telephone. They should want to see the problem before trying to give you a price.
Black mold is a serious problem and should be dealt with as soon as it is identified. Do not delay, it can seriously impact the health of you and your family.