Mold Assessment and Testing

//bigmoosehomeinspections.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/Mold-Testing.pngBe confident the air you breathe is healthy. Our inspectors perform a visual mold assessment with every home inspection – at no additional cost! If needed, we perform affordable air and mold testing with quick results.

Some mold problems are obvious — you can see it. If you can see mold, or if there is a musty odor in your home, you probably have a mold problem. Others are not so obvious. Mold growth may be found underneath wallpaper, baseboards, behind walls, and may be evidenced by discolored plaster or drywall. If you don’t have any observable mold, but are experiencing health related symptoms, mold could be growing in areas you can’t see, such as in heating ducts. In this case, the best way to determine if you have mold spores is to have mold testing performed. Testing is the only way to determine if you have a mold problem and what type it is.

To ensure your family’s safety and a healthy living environment, Big Moose offers mold assessment and testing to our clients. If there is visible mold, our inspector can conduct a tape or swab sample or an air test to identify what molds are present.

Mold requires three things: moisture, a conducive surface, and air. We have little control over the air and surfaces in a house, but we can control moisture.  Mold is naturally occurring in the environment and there are mold spores all around us. Mold is one of nature’s most effective recycling tools. It breaks down organic material like dead trees, food waste, etc. That is why it can be so destructive in your house. In addition, some people are allergic to various types of mold.

Mold TestWhen should a mold test be performed?

  • when you can actually see mold-like growth or staining
  • when you smell odors that cannot be explained
  • when there are prolonged leaks from plumbing
  • past moisture damage or flooding that was disclosed by the seller
  • when someone who will be living in the home has allergies or other health related issues

If a physical mold-like substance is observable, testing is only recommended to determine the type of mold. However, if present, the mold-damaged material needs to be remediated – either cleaned or replaced depending on the material in question.

Air samples are used when odors are present or simply to determine the concentration of mold spores in the air. Molds produce allergens (substances that can cause allergic reactions), irritants and, in some cases, potentially toxic substances (mycotoxins).

Complete mold assessment and testing – $550.00                     

A complete mold assessment involves far more than simply taking samples. Our inspector will assess the entire property and search for areas that may be contributing to potential mold growth. The physical assessment is a critical step in determining if the property has a mold problem.

This complete mold assessment includes 3 samples (tape, swab or air) and if additional samples are needed those will be at a rate of $100 for each sample taken.  Additional samples may be recommended in larger homes and properties.

Air Quality TestingStand Alone Air quality testing – $300.00                      

Air quality testing can be performed upon request when no assessment of the property is needed. Air quality testing is often used for clearance testing or PRV (post remediation verification). The complete mold assessment includes the first two air samples. If additional samples are needed those will be at a rate of $100 for each sample taken.

FREE visual mold assessment with every home inspection

We include a visual mold assessment at no additional charge with every home inspection. This great value will alert you to conditions that are conducive to mold growth. If needed, and at your request, the inspector can take mold samples to be analyzed. There is a $100 flat fee per sample (tape, swab or air).  These samples must be collected at the time of the inspection. Air samples require a minimum of 2 samples when performed with a home inspection.

If the inspector recommends additional sampling, the client will be consulted and will have the final say as to how many additional samples will be taken.

We perform mold sampling according the Standards of Practice of the International Association of Certified Indoor Air Consultants (IAC2).