Mold Testing

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Mold Testing

Our standard inspection is visual and will note areas of moisture intrusion. However, mold is present in some form in all homes. Air sampling is an add-on service that provides detailed lab information regarding the type and quantity of mold spores present in the home.

What is mold?

  • Mold needs moisture, so you’re most likely to see mold in
    damp places such as bathrooms, kitchens, laundry rooms, basements,
    and crawl spaces.
  • Mold can be black, white, orange, green, or purple.
  • It is a type of fungus that consists of small organisms
  • In small amounts, most mold spores are usually harmless, but
    when they land on a damp spot in your home, they can start to grow.
  • Those sensitive to mold might inhale spores and can experience health

Why test for mold?

Homeowners or buyers will test for mold to avoid potential health issues. Mold testing may be requested when any of the following conditions are present:

  • Existing health conditions, allergies, or lung sensitivity.
  • Historical flooding in home without proper cleanup.
  • Moisture intrusion occurring through sub-flooring, walls, windows, or roofs.
  • Plumbing, water line leak, toilet overflows, or sewer backups.
  • Moisture condensation within HVAC systems.

Black Mold

Toxic black mold is a typical concern, as it can cause serious health issues. One of many types of mold our report includes is black mold (Stachybotrys). The results will provide the information you need to decide if remediation is necessary.

Schaefer’s Approach

Schaefer Inspection Service will take 3 air samples. One will be from the home’s exterior as a baseline. 2 additional samples will be taken inside the property at the most likely areas for the presence of mold. Results are run at the laboratory and a written report of results will be provided.

How do you fix it?

Mold remediation may be necessary. Your results will tell you the types of mold spores present in the home as well as the quantity of spores. Schaefer Inspection Service can provide a list of remediation firms to consider. Always get quotes from several professionals.