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Area Environmental | Mold Inspection & Testing

Mold Inspection & Testing

Information about our professional indoor mold inspection and testing service

A mold inspection is on-site assessment of a property to determine the extent of a mold problem. The on-site inspection is often referred to as the visual inspection of the property, but our inspections go beyond a simple visual overview.

Our mold inspection service includes the following:

  • On-site assessment of the property and any areas of concern by a certified inspector.
  • Equipment measurements of moisture content within building materials to determine if water damage or suspect mold is present.
  • Sampling of the air and surfaces around the property with a focus on any areas of concern (also known as testing). Samples are analyzed by a laboratory to determine if contaminants are present.
  • Infrared thermal imaging of the property to determine if hidden water damage or mold is present within walls, floors, ceilings or other locations.

The inspector conducting the visual aspect of the inspection isn’t an everyday person. Our field inspectors are well-experienced industry professionals with hundreds of completed inspections under them. They hold an inspection and testing certification through the Indoor Environmental Association (IEA) and are re-trained and re-certified annually to ensure their compliance to company and industry standards.

Following the inspection appointment, samples are sent to the laboratory for analysis. The inspector combines all information into a report, adding any additional information regarding the property that he determines from his investigation. Once the results are received from the laboratory, the inspector then shares the report with an industrial hygiene specialist who combines the information into a final report, including any input they have on the situation, based on all of the findings. The final report and any recommendations for action, if applicable, are sent to the client for review.

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Why Are Mold Inspections Conducted?

A mold inspection with testing is conducted for one of the following reasons:

  • Condition: Conditions exist at a property that may point to a mold problem.
  • Precautionary: As a precautionary step to ensure there is no mold problem present at a property.

Conditions at a property that may point to a mold problem can include one of the following situations:

  • Visual Mold: A visual mold growth is noticed around the property. Mold can range in color, size and overall appearance. Often, people think mold is just black or green, but it can be brown, white, orange and a variety of other colors.
  • Odor: A musty or moldy odor is noticed somewhere around the property. The strength of the smell can range from a mild odor coming from a section of a room to a house-blanketing stench.
  • Water Damage: Currently, or at some point in the past, a water damage situation occurred at the property. This situation could be as little as a slow dripping pipe under a sink or as significant as a room flooding from a backed up drain line.
  • Health Concern: Property occupants are experiencing some kind of health issue that may be from exposure to mold within the property. Most often, these conditions are respiratory issues such as allergies with symptoms such as a runny or stuffy nose, scratchy or sore throat, irritated sinuses or other symptoms. More advanced symptoms can include difficulty breathing, heavy unproductive coughs, sinus infection, nasal bleeding, asthma attacks or a fungal inspection around the body. The rare and more serious conditions can be lung infection, pneumonia, cancer or other conditions that affect the mind and body.

A precautionary mold inspection is often conducted for one of the following reasons:

  • Pre-Purchase: Prior to purchasing a property, a buyer should have a mold and water damage assessment completed along with a home inspection to ensure that the property they are buying is free from mold, water damage, and possibly indoor air quality (IAQ) issues.
  • Renting: Precautionary inspections can also be conducted by those moving into a rental property, such as home, apartment or condominium. Many people rent over buying and often spend years at their property. Ensuring that this environment is safe is a priority.
  • Property Owner Assurance: Existing property owners who already occupy a property may also choose to get a mold inspection. Getting an inspection before there is a problem is wise because oftentimes property owners only act when the problem has already caused health problems or damage.

How Do I Schedule a Mold Inspection?

If you would like to schedule an inspection appointment, call 1-866-657-3161. To get the soonest possible appointment, it is important to call as soon as you know you would like to schedule.