Mold…literally, a growing concern that has given rise to the need for indoor air quality testing. With the introduction of new construction products, and the ever-changing conditions of older homes that contribute to the destructive and possibly toxic dangers of hidden mold spores that could affect the family’s health and their homes, we offer a variety of affordable and reliable mold and air quality testing. It’s important to remember that not all mold is dangerous, and we can help you figure out what you’re looking at or what you may be smelling. Our inspectors have the skills, equipment, and knowledge to properly conduct a mold assessment of the home, sample the air, or take direct swab tests of suspicious growth in order to properly identify potentially high levels of pollutants. It is recommended that one indoor air sample be taken for every 1,000 square feet of livable space. You will receive an emailed PDF report from the lab, which details all the pollutants identified along with their levels, and if remediation is recommended.

What Test Do You Need?

There are different tests for different situations. Let me explain what we are talking about here. If you see suspicious growth on a wall behind the furnace and want to know what that is, we will swab the area to identify what spores are at that sample location. Swab tests are great if you can see the growth or discoloration and want to know exactly what you’re dealing with. However, most often mold cannot be seen. Here are some examples of places where mold can be found inside the home:

  • Basements
  • Kitchens (Bottom of Refrigerators)
  • Underside of Carpets & Pads
  • Surfaces of Walls Behind Furniture (Where Condensation Forms)
  • Ceilings & Top Side of Ceiling Tiles
  • Front & Back Sides of Drywall
  • Wall Paper or Paneling
  • Inside HVAC Systems & Duct Work
  • Clothing (Yes It’s True)
  • Improperly Vented Attics/Crawlspaces

For these instances, we recommend indoor air quality testing. Something important to note about air sampling is that you MUST take two samples at a minimum. The reason being is that one test sample will be taken inside the house and one outside.

Why Outside?

The lab uses the outside sample to establish a bench mark – it’s considered a “control” sample. If for example, the outdoor test shows five types of mold at let’s say 500 spores each and the indoor sample has the same spores but at only 400 counts. Then you are at a higher risk walking to your mailbox then sitting in your home.

As mentioned above, you should budget for one test sample per 1,000 square feet of livable space, plus the outside test sample if doing air samples. For instance, if your home is 1,300sqft we could collect two samples, but really you should have three. Schedule your test, and while the inspector is there thee may find it unnecessary to take a second indoor test sample!