Laboratory Mold Testing & Analysis:
Once the mold and air quality sampling are completed, we overnight them securely to our third-party AHIA Certified Microbiology Laboratory under stringent Chain of Custody protocols. There, the submitted samples are logged into the laboratory and analysis begins. Upon completion, the lab issues a Certificate of Mold Analysis report. The results of the mold test samples will usually be available between 3-5 business days after receipt at the laboratory.
Interpretation of Mold Inspection Report:
Upon receipt of the Mold Analysis Report, you are e-mailed our full report that includes the laboratory report to clearly illuminate our inspection findings. We also include a summary page reviewing our assessment of the property and you can speak with us to review any questions you may have.
Our base mold inspection is designed to identify the presence of mold contamination. This package is excellent for establishing the level of mold exposure, mold risk factors, extent of damage, and peace of mind. Let us take the guesswork and stress out of having a comprehensive mold and air quality inspection done and let us give you the information you need to make an informed investment decision.
Base Mold Inspection includes:
- Visual Inspection
- Exterior and an interior inspection of the structure
- Inspection of HVAC system
- 1 HVAC Swab Sample
- Relative humidity readings
- Interior and exterior temperature readings
- (2) Exterior and interior air quality samples
- Moisture readings (if applicable)
- Final inspection report with our recommendations
- Certified microbiology laboratory results
Common Mold Testing Questions and Answers
Q: What is mold?
A: Mold is a type of fungus that decomposes plant and animal matter in the environment. The fungus can grow almost anywhere that has moisture and organic material, such as on soil, in food, and on plants.
Mold reproduces by generating spores, which can spread through the air, water, or on animals.
Q: Where does mold grow?
A: Mold can grow in moist areas of your house like the basement or bathroom. Mold might also form around a shower vent or on a damp windowsill. Mold thrives in dark, hard-to-see areas such as behind walls, under the floor, in the attic, and inside the HVAC system. As mold colonies grow, the spores become airborne and spread.
Q: What are the warning signs of mold?
A: Knowing the warning signs of mold will help you detect it before it becomes a serious issue. Signs of mold in homes include a musty odor and visible black spots on your walls, ceilings, or floors. They can create respiratory issues or allergic-type reactions for the people spending time in your home. If anyone in your family has symptoms inside the home that disappear when they are outside, mold may be the cause.
Q: Am I at risk of exposure to mold?
A: When mold is disturbed, it releases spores into the air. Air containing these mold spores can put you at greater exposure. Mold can also be transmitted by touching moldy objects or eating moldy food.
Q: How much mold exposure is harmful?
A: Mold exposure levels do not have a government standard. Everyone’s tolerance for mold exposure varies. No two people are alike. The elderly, young children, and those with weakened immune systems are usually the most vulnerable to mold.
Q: What are the health effects of mold?
A: Individuals suffering from mold sensitivity may experience symptoms such as sneezing, runny or stuffy noses, coughing, itchy eyes, wheezing, and irritation of the skin. Exposure to mold can also
cause asthmatic symptoms, including coughing, wheezing, shortness of breath, and tightness in the chest. Mold can also cause allergic-like reactions.
Q: What is mold testing?
A: Testing for mold involves taking samples of either the air or of surfaces. A mold inspector examines the air or surface to determine what kind of mold is present and whether it can grow in the area.
Q: When should I contact a mold expert?
A: The following are some reasons you should hire mold testing
– Your home has been affected by water damage.
– Your family is suffering from health problems you suspect might
be caused by mold.
– You notice mold or signs that mold is present.
For professional and reliable mold inspection for your home, contact
Sentry Home Inspections.
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