We recommend for Mold Inspections be conducted in conjunction with a complete home inspection but it is not required. This benefits the Home owner or prospective Home owner in many ways. Not only does it aid in determining if an elevated mold problem is present, but it also aids in determining potential future problematic areas within the home.
Initially we perform a visual inspection of the subject area or building. When a suspect area is identified, moisture testing is done using state of the art moisture meters and/or a Thermal Imaging Camera.
The initial visual inspection pin points specific areas of the building prone to mold growth. The combination of the mold inspection and building inspection complement each other. Often during the building inspection some mold/fungi is encountered.
Once the mold inspection process is complete, Nova Property Inspections, LLC reviews the preliminary findings with the client(s), only then, with their approval, will we perform the appropriate biological collection protocol. These initial tests, which may include, air, swab or bulk, not only confirm the presence of mold but also create a base line which will be needed or used at a later date during post mold remediation testing.
Is sampling for mold needed?
In most cases, if visible mold growth is present, sampling is unnecessary. Since no EPA or other federal limits have been set for mold or mold spores, sampling cannot be used to check a building’s compliance with federal mold standards. Surface sampling may be useful to determine if an area has been adequately cleaned or remediated. Sampling for mold should be conducted by professionals who have specific experience in designing mold sampling protocols, sampling methods, and interpreting results. Sample analysis should follow analytical methods recommended by the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA), the American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists (ACGIH), or other professional organizations.” (Source: EPA)
Mold eats and destroys normal building materials used in your home when they get wet Mold reproduces and spreads by shedding microscopic mold spores in the air Mold spores travel through the air and we breathe them in – sometimes in large enough amounts that are unhealthy. Indoor mold types that can damage your home and health include: • Aspergillus / Penicillium / Trichoderma • Stachybotrys / Chaetomium / Ulocladium • Cladosporium / Alternaria / Curvularia