Mold Testing & Inspection
Mold testing and inspection are the keys to comprehensive mold abatement. Thoroughness is important to assure that mold remediation treatments are performed to your satisfaction. Pre- and post-remediation testing and inspections allow us to ensure your home is mold-free.
At EAHI, we visually inspect for moisture and water intrusion using infrared detection technology. Then, if appropriate, we will take air and/or surface samples to check for mold spores, following the Indoor Environmental Standards Organization mold testing methods and procedures. Remember, you cannot rely on what you see or smell to ascertain the presence of mold! Finally, we submit our samples to an independent microbial laboratory for a comprehensive analysis.
The suspicions of mold through visual clues and other senses do not always indicate there is mold present. Surface and air quality testing can confirm you have a mold issue. When our representatives arrive, they will visually inspect for mold and water intrusion using infrared technology. Your responsibility is to identify what you feel are suspect areas versus non-suspect areas. This is important information for our representative to determine the number and location of any samples. Our representatives will not be liable for a client’s decision to decline testing in a recommended location. Proper assessment is critical to the success of a remediation project and it is highly recommended that testing be performed both prior to and after the remediation is conducted.
Why Mold Testing & Inspection
The purpose of performing pre-remediation mold testing is to provide the property owner or decision-maker with a clear picture of the severity of the issue at hand.
Pre-remediation mold testing is important for many reasons including:
- To provide a baseline for post-remediation testing
- To reveal potential hidden issues within the property
- To date moisture intrusion which may reveal previously unknown water events
- To assist with defining the scope of work necessary for a successful remediation
Many of our customers ask us how to know if they have mold in their home. Any one of the following is an indication of mold:
- You See It. You see mold. Visible mold spreads quickly and easily throughout your home or workplace.
- You Smell It. You smell a musty odor, which could be a sign of hidden mold by an unknown moisture source.
- You Feel It. Symptoms of mold-related health problems can include sinus infections, sore throat, headache, coughing, rashes, and fatigue. Individuals with pre-existing health conditions, including allergies, immune disorders, and respiratory problems, are more susceptible to the effects of mold exposure.
Public health experts recommend that individuals have mold inspections performed if there is any suspicion of mold growth in their homes or when purchasing a new home. Mold is a common problem in many households and can pose serious health risks if left unchecked.
Mold is a type of fungus that thrives in moist environments and can grow on a variety of surfaces, including walls, ceilings, and floors. It can cause a range of health problems, including allergic reactions, respiratory problems, and even neurological symptoms.
One of the most significant dangers associated with mold growth is the release of volatile organic compounds (VOCs). VOCs are a group of chemicals that can be released into the air by mold spores and can have a negative impact on indoor air quality. Exposure to VOCs has been linked to a variety of health problems, including headaches, dizziness, nausea, and even cancer.
In addition to the health risks associated with mold growth, it can also cause significant damage to your home. Mold can weaken the structure of your home and can even lead to the need for expensive repairs. This is why it is important to identify and address mold growth as soon as possible.
Having a professional mold inspection performed is the best way to determine if there is a mold problem in your home. A professional inspector can identify the type and extent of mold growth and provide recommendations for remediation. Remediation may include cleaning, disinfecting, and drying out affected areas, as well as identifying and addressing the underlying cause of the mold growth.
If you are purchasing a new home, it is important to have a mold inspection performed before finalizing the purchase. This can help you identify any potential mold problems before you move in and can save you from expensive repairs and health risks down the line.
In conclusion, mold growth is a serious problem that can pose significant health risks and damage to your home. Having a professional mold inspection performed is the best way to identify and address mold growth and protect your health and your home. Don’t wait until it’s too late – if you suspect mold growth, call a professional today.