Most people are not aware that they are exposed to various types of different species of molds each day, and although many of the molds are harmless, there is a chance that some might not be. Toxic mold growth in your work or home environment has a serious effect on your health and the health of those around you. Through a personalized mold inspection by professional inspectors, you get the service you need to accommodate your needs. Eco Pro Restoration prides itself in our strict standards of safety and strives to keep you and your family or co-workers safe and healthy.
Should you book an inspection it is important that you keep doors and windows closed as much as possible for the 12 to 24 hours previous to the inspectors visit. This will allow that the results are accurate. It will allow the mold inspector to detect odors and air samples will not contain excess outside air.
So, what is mold inspection and testing all about?
Mold inspection and testing will identify any conditions around your property which will support mold growth as well as pinpointing problem areas for example water damage, odors and obvious signs of fungal growth etc. The mold inspector will take the inspection outside and check the exterior of the dwelling again for obvious signs of water damage, leaks and their sources such as broken pipes, broken gutters, cracked brick work and so on.
What does the inspector actually do during a mold inspection?
After the visual checks the first job is normally to gauge moisture levels present in the walls. The moisture levels are measured at intervals of two feet and special attention is paid in areas under sinks, around water heaters, or anywhere that there is a water source present. Moisture levels are measured using a special two pin meter which is inserted into the lower part of the wall. The acceptable level is 15% or below.
If our inspector discovers wall moisture readings greater than 15% they will bring it to your attention. Mold sampling is essential. Samples must be taken to identify the mold and whether it is harmful or not.
An air sample is taken to establish what strain of mold is present in the atmosphere and in what quantities. Our inspector will take at least two air samples. The first should be from the area which is causing concern and the second should from outside.
Why take a sample from outside? The answer to this is easy. Mold is found everywhere. We breath it in all the time and for the most part it is safe and does no harm. During a mold inspection it has to be established whether the mold inside is the same strain as that outside. The other side is that the mold type may be the same, but the concentrations much higher inside. Where there is visible mold growth, samples will be taken allowing the precise type of mold spores to be identified.
How fast can you expect results?
As a rule of thumb, these samples can take 3-4 days to process at the lab. Eco Pro Restorations mold inspector will give a verbal report as soon as the results become available. Followed by a written report within a couple of days.