Initial Toxic Mold Testing
Toxic Mold Testing Is Recommended If You See Discoloration Or Have An Odor.
There are many factors that may indicate the need for toxic mold testing. If there are signs of water damage, discoloration on walls, discoloration on contents, and/or odors, it is wise to have a certified mold inspector take a look and give you a detailed report.
We begin every project by listening to your concerns and discussing possible options. We then come up with the most cost-effective way to figure out the extent of the problems and how to fix them. Finding all the sources of water leaks and/or high humidity is critical to the long-term success of your job. After the onsite inspection we produce written instructions for future contractors to follow. We follow the mold removal standard (IICRC S520) and give directions. After any type of remediation or abatement we can also provide follow up testing (validation or clearance testing) to confirm that all contamination was cleaned up correctly.
There are other factors that may indicate the need for toxic mold testing. If you are a Property Manager or Landlord and your tenant is complaining of a moldy odor growth on closet contents or a bathroom ceiling, it’s wise to have a seasoned, likable toxic mold inspector take a look and give you a report.
We take confidentiality seriously and do not discuss any parts of a project with anyone without expressed written consent from our client or their agents.
We go over costs initially on the phone. All costs are outlined in our Agreement. We discuss costs again before the project testing is started. If you have any questions about costs during any of the inspection process, please ask.
The most important thing is to find all the sources of water leaks and elevated humidity. These sources must be fixed to prevent a recurrence of toxic mold growth.
Finding all the sources of water leaks and/or high humidity is critical to the long-term success of your job. If your ceiling shows mold growth from a roof leak and the ceiling is simply repainted, the toxic mold growth will continue to grow and show through the paint. The roof leak must be repaired and verified water tight. The damaged building materials need to be removed and replaced. This work should be done by a licensed mold remediation professional.
We then proceed with a complete inspection. At the end of this inspection, we discuss with you the mold testing that we think will enable you to reach your project’s goals and give us sufficient air quality measured results to create a remediation plan specific for your project.
Testing is done, usually air testing; however, we may also take mold swab samples. These samples are turned over to a licensed environmental lab for analysis. We have used this same lab for 20 years. Never once did we question the validity of their results. They are superstars in the lab world! We primarily use Environmental Microbiology in SSF if you’re interested.
When we have the lab results we review and discuss your project inhouse. Then, we call you to discuss with you. Mold remediation can be very expensive. We try very hard to follow the mold removal standard (IICRC S520) and give directions that are within your budget.
Then we write a complete report. From this report you can obtain three quotes from mold remediation contractors. We are always available to answer your questions.
Toxic Mold Testing for Peace Of Mind
If your Allergist or Medical Team find you are allergic to specific animals, then it is worthwhile to test your home, office, or vehicle for the presence of animal allergens.
Many people are allergic to dust that usually contains molds, pollen, cockroach parts, and dust mites. This dust will be found in highest levels in carpeting and carpets as well as upholstered furniture.
Toxic Mold Testing for Validation (Clearance)
Clearance means the absence of the contaminant, in this case mold spores. Because mold spores are naturally in all our air, the term clearance isn’t the correct term.
The term validation is used to confirm inside levels of airborne mold spores are within an acceptable range when compared to the outside.
Reducing the inside levels to “acceptable” or “validated” is appropriate for most people. If you an immunocompromised or have other health issues, we use a higher standard for mold validation in your residences and offices.