We Do Mold Inspection and More

Every MoldStoppers™ remediation project will start with a top to bottom visual inspection. We have to determine the water source before we can correct the problem.  At that point, we may require testing before a detailed scope of work can be written.

Our crews are made to follow the scope of work on all contracts so there is no surprise.  Please note we seal off all contaminated areas in a home from safe areas.  All work is done with the thought process that this is ‘our home'.

Lastly, we use state-of-the-art equipment for all our testing, inspections, remediation and finish work.  So from the smallest job to the largest, we use the same care and sense of urgency to get your home or building back to normal.

Here are the steps we follow;

I.  Complete Visual Mold Inspection

A visual inspection is the most important initial step in identifying a possible mold contamination problem.  The extent of any water damage and mold growth shall be visually assessed by a certified mold inspector/remediator.  This assessment is important to determine remedial strategies. 

Ventilation systems shall also be visually checked, particularly for damp filters but also for damp conditions elsewhere in the system, and for overall cleanliness.  Ceiling tiles, gypsum wallboard (sheetrock), cardboard, paper and other cellulosic surfaces shall be given careful attention during a visual inspection. 

The inspector shall use hygrometers, a boroscope (fiber optics) and a protimiter (moisture meter), where necessary, to detect hidden mold behind the walls, ceilings and floors and to determine the areas of potential mold growth and continuing moisture penetration. 

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II. Bulk/Surface Sampling

A certified inspector, trained in appropriate sampling methodology, shall perform all necessary bulk or surface sampling.  Bulk/Surface sampling is necessary if the building inhabitants are suffering from health problems which are or may be associated with fungal exposure. 

Bulk/Surface sampling is also necessary to identify the presence or absence of mold if a visual inspection is equivocal (e.g. discoloration and staining).  Bulk samples are collected from visibly moldy surfaces by scraping or cutting materials with a clean tool into a clean plastic bag.  Surface samples are collected by wiping a measured area with a sterile swab or by stripping the suspect surface with clear tape.  The surface sample is then transferred to a potato dextrose agar petri dish.  The dish is then incubated in a special incubator that is high in humidity and void of all ambient light at a temperature suitable for fungal growth. 

The most accurate mold identification is only possible after seven (7) days of live culturing for the mold cultures to reach their maximum identification growth.  After seven (7) days of incubation, the fungal samples are removed and identified down to genus and to species where possible through visual identification under the microscope. 

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III.  Air Monitoring

Air monitoring is necessary if there is evidence from a visual inspection that the ventilation systems may be contaminated.  The purpose of such air monitoring is to assess the extent of contamination throughout the building.  Sampling should be conducted while ventilation systems are operating.  Air monitoring is necessary if the presence of mold is suspected in a particular area of the structure (e.g. a microbial volatile odor is detected) but cannot be identified through a visual inspection or bulk sampling. 

The purpose of such air monitoring is to determine the location and/or extent of mold contamination.  Air monitoring is also necessary if the building inhabitants are suffering from health problems which are or may be associated with fungal exposure.  If air monitoring is performed, for comparative purposes, outdoor air samples shoudl be collected concurrently at an air intake, if possible, and at a location representative of outdoor air. 

The outdoor control air test is very helpful in evaluating whether there is an internally generated mold problem.  Such a problem may exist if indoor mold tests report mold levels that are either (a) higher than the outdoor control air test or (b) present indoors but absent from the outdoor control test. 

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