DO I REALLY NEED A MOLD INSPECTION?
According to the Environmental Protection Agency EPA, in most cases, if visible mold growth is present, sampling is unnecessary.
However mold testing can be useful in certain circumstances.
1- When mold is not present, but the smell of mold is present. A mold inspection can reveal whether there is elevated mold and where it is located.
2- There have been water issues and there is suspicion that mold may exist in the air and/or behind walls.
3- Post Mold removal testing to ensure that the previous mold issues has been resolved.
4- Health issues whose causes cannot be pinpoint but seems to be related to mold symptoms (Coughing, sneezing, headaches, hives etc.)
5- In real estate transactions for the protection of buyers and sellers.
6- Landlord/Tenant disputes as to whether there is a mold problem.
If you have determined that you need a mold inspection, your next question will probably be; why to pay hundreds of dollars when I can do it myself with an over the counter mold tests kit?
Mold is everywhere, yes, all homes have small amounts of mold, so when a home mold test tells you that you have mold, it is not helping to determine whether it is toxic mold, where the problem is located or how serious it is.
Again, according to EPA sampling for mold should be conducted by professionals who have specific experience in mold sampling protocols, sampling methods and interpreting results.
Home mold test kits don’t include a visual inspection conducted by a mold professional trained to detect issues related to mold that are not apparent to most people.
A professional Mold Inspector will conduct a 4 point inspection of the property which includes;
1- Environmental assessment.
2- Visual Inspection
3- Bulk/Surface Sampling
4- Air quality analysis.
The samples will be sent to a certified laboratory and you will be contacted within a couple of days with a detailed report listing the type and quantities of mold present per Industry Guidelines.
At Enviro-Safe we have certified mold inspectors to advise and guide you through the process; we offer competitive prices and next day appointments.