Air Testing and Mold Mitigation

What is Mold?

      • Mold can grow in as little as 48 hours.
      • Molds thrive in moist environments resulting from a flood, a slow leak, a broken pipe, or just high humidity.
      • Molds require an organic food source. One common food source is cellulose, which is found in building materials such as wood and drywall.
      • Molds are spread by microscopic airborne particles called “spores”.

Mold contamination continues to receive increased attention in the media and is a rapidly growing concern for homeowners, property managers, insurance providers and restoration companies. Indoor mold contamination has been identified as a major contributor to allergies and poor indoor air quality.

Signs of the presence of excessive mold include:

      • The presence of visible mold.
      • Strong, musty odors.
      • Any evidence of past moisture problems that might have caused undetected mold growth.
      • Excessive humidity.

Mold likes to hide. It thrives in dark, damp places such as attics, crawl spaces or behind the walls. In many cases it can be seen, but what do you do when it’s not openly visible? Take the next step and contact a professional.

The first question we ask a potential client is, “Can you see the mold?” Naturally if you can see where mold is actually growing this takes you from the need for a mold inspection and straight to the process of mold removal and remediation. Unfortunately, it’s not always that easy to spot and a professional inspection needs to be performed.

This is where we come to your home or business and examine it thoroughly from attic to crawl space.

Where to look and how to recognize mold is part of our training. The single most effective way to determine if mold spores are present in your house, and to what degree, is by performing an air test.

The air test involves a specially designed machine that pulls air in from the suspect room and traps it in a cassette which is then sent off to a lab for testing. An air sampling is also taken outside to establish a “baseline” from which to judge whether the count in the inside is unusually high compared to the normal outside range. The results are usually returned within 48 hours and the presence of any mold types will be reported along with the actual count.

Despite the rapidly growing body of knowledge about mold, it remains the subject of a lot of confusion. We hope that this information will help you to make better decisions.