Mold Inspection

Our MOLD inspection is ideal for houses, office buildings and apartment buildings, if the occupants experience chronic symptoms such as recurring sinus infections, asthma, chronic fatigue, headaches, scratchy throat, mental fog, chronic rashes, etc. or for individuals who are generally concerned about how indoor air quality might affect their health.

This survey is also ideal for those who have mold sensitivity and are planning to purchase or lease a new property to check for these issues before committing.

Indoor Enviromental Testing

What happens during a Mold Investigation ?

This process involves scanning walls and ceilings with an infrared camera, a walk-through of the home or office with special attention to areas around plumbing or water appliances (dishwasher, fridge ice maker, showers, vanities, laundry, etc.), an interview with the occupants and maintenance personnel if applicable, and a series of tests to identify the presence and types of molds. Windows and doors should be kept closed for at least 24 hours prior to the beginning of the survey.

With specialized equipment, we will scan walls and suspect areas for damp spots, temperature differentials and particle counts which may hint to potential mold growth. Visual and olfactory observations are also made to detect problem areas. We then use air sampling equipment to collect samples of air inside various rooms. In addition, we may take samples of the particulates found on surfaces throughout the structure for laboratory analysis.

If a carpeted area is suspect, we may take samples of the carpet dust or if the IR Camera indicates a suspicious spot, we may sample the air inside a wall cavity (this requires drilling a small ¼” hole in the bottom of the wall, behind the baseboard).

Examples of areas we may test if applicable:

  • Underneath kitchen sink base cabinet (behind the toe kick)
  • Behind dishwasher
  • Underneath the bathroom vanity shelf (behind the toe-kick)
  • Supply vent duct in bedroom, office, etc
  • Air Conditioning Coil in furnace
  • Wall cavities below leaky windows
  • Under refrigerator
  • Inside furnace mounted humidifier
  • On dehumidifier filter or coil
  • In air cleaner carbon filter
  • Underneath or in the back of furniture
  • Underneath carpeting, especially if pet accidents occurred
  • On floor joists in basements and crawlspaces
  • Between fiberglass insulation and vapor barriers in walls
  • Behind baseboards in damp areas (Laundry room, bathrooms, basement)
  • On fridge door gaskets or washer gaskets
  • In corners of damp or crowded closets
  • In attics: in insulation, rafters, sheathing
  • Underneath basement stairs

All the samples are then sent to the lab for microscopic evaluations. It is rarely necessary to incubate the mold samples so results are usually obtained in 2 to 3 working days.

The Mold investigation service includes a follow-up phone consultation to discuss results and remediation efforts if necessary.