Mold Inspection

Facts about Black Mold Growth or Stachybotrys Chartarum (atra) /Toxic mold:

A greenish-black fungus found worldwide that colonizes particularly well in high-cellulose material, such as:
There are about 15 species of Stachybotrys, with a world-wide distribution. The toxic mold grows in areas where the relative humidity is above 55%.
This type of fungus does not grow on:
It is not found in the green mold on bread or the black mold on the shower tiles. The toxic mold environmental risk may be one of the next major real estate due diligence concerns, especially in property development areas where major flooding has occurred
The problem is that this not only includes known residential and commercial flood areas incidents, but also numerous minor water releases due to plumbing failures, conductive condensation, house water leaks and accidents. The toxic mold concern could also be a problem where fires occurred at residential properties.
Mold, crawl space fungus, and mildew compromise your home’s structural integrity and the air your family breathes.
Mold inspections are only necessary if a mold problem is suspected within a home. Every home has a certain amount of mold. Mold testing will be necessary to determine how much mold is present and what species of mold. Mold testing may also provide information regarding a possible hidden mold problem within the walls.
We usually recommend air quality testing for mold because it provides more accurate and detailed information about your indoor environment. Mold tests are great if you want a quick answer (for example, if you want to find out if mold is growing on your drywall). However, if you are looking for the big picture, an air quality test is the way to go.

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FAQs

It is not surprising that so many people are confused—after all, both types of tests are used to detect and diagnose mold problems. However, mold tests and air quality tests are not the same. One test is more telling than the other.

Generally, a mold test is a quick procedure that involves taking a swab of the suspected material, inserting it into a liquid and waiting for a color change.

If the liquid turns green, no mold is present in the sample. If the liquid turns purple, then the material tested is contaminated with mold.

While these instant mold tests will give you a clear, yes-or-no answer, they will not identify the species of mold you are dealing with and how much of it is present in your living environment. They are also not a good indicator of what is in your air.

For this reason, we only use mold swab tests when clients need immediate answers. Otherwise, we suggest other testing methods.

We usually recommend air quality testing for mold because it provides more accurate and detailed information about your indoor environment.

Mold tests are great if you want a quick answer (for example, if you want to find out if mold is growing on your drywall). However, if you are looking for the big picture, an air quality test is the way to go.

In our experience, we have noticed that people request a mold test when they are referring to an air quality test for mold. We hope that the difference between the two is clear now.

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