Why You Need a Mold Inspection
Mold spreads via invisible airborne spores, which can spread throughout a home or commercial building with incredible speed and ease. If you have discovered a mold infestation, chances are that it has spread to other areas of your building, where it will continue to grow and spread if it is not found and remediated. Mold inspectors will conduct air quality tests and seek out other potential infestation sites to ensure the spread stops.
The Inspection Process
There are hundreds of different strains of mold (more on that below), and it is incredibly important to first identify what variety you are dealing with. Since mold spreads invisibly, a visual inspection is not always enough to determine the severity of the infestation or even what strain of mold is causing the problem. Mold inspectors use a variety of high-tech equipment to test air quality and the mold itself to determine the scope of the problem. A typical inspection will last anywhere from one to two hours, but largely depends on the size of the premises in question.
What Happens After Inspection?
Throughout the inspection process, the mold removal team will collect samples of the mold and send it to a lab for testing to determine the strain. Once the samples are sent to the lab, it can take anywhere from a day to two weeks or more to come back with definitive results. Once the results are in, the mold inspection company will notify you and determine what the best plan of attack is for remediation.
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What is Included in a Mold Inspection?
A proper mold inspection will be extremely thorough and should include (but is not limited to) the following:
- Air quality tests
- Sample collection and analysis
- Visual inspection of the premises
- Particle counts
- Detailed and easy to understand report for the client
- Testing for other irritants
- Assessment of the cause of the infestation
Mold and Toxicity
It is important to note that some strains of mold can be highly toxic and in some cases require immediate evacuation of the premises. Experienced mold inspection professionals should be able to give you a preliminary idea of the toxicity of your infestation and recommend vacating the premises if it is necessary.
Damage Caused by Mold
Throughout the course of the inspection, it should become clear if remediation of the mold will necessitate any demolition or structurally altering work. While a mold damage assessment is different than the inspection itself, your inspector should be able to give you an idea of whether or not any remodeling work will be needed. If the inspector thinks you will need construction to repair the damage caused by the remediation process, you should get a damage assessment to get a clear idea of the scope of the project.
The Mold Remediation Process
The mold remediation process itself comes after a mold inspection and damage assessment (if necessary) have been completed. Techniques used for remediation will vary greatly depending on the extent of the infestation, the type of mold being dealt with, and where the affected areas are in the building. Read more about the difference between mold removal and remediation, processes, and what to expect at our mold remediation page.