Mold inspection is a very important part of being a property owner. Wether you own a commercial building or a residence, if you suspect you might have mold you need to call a professional mold inspector to both maintain your property value as well as safe-guard everyone who is working or living inside the building. At Disaster Restoration Experts we are certified by the Professional Mold Inspection Institute as Residential Mold Inspectors, Commercial Mold Inspectors and Certified Mold Remediators. We are also certified to write our own Mold Remediation Protocols.
Reasons for a Mold Inspection
There are many good reasons to have a mold inspector look at your property. The health hazards of living or working in a mold environment are well documented. Also, the ability to sell a property are greatly affected when mold is presence. Property values tend to also be much lower in structures that have unremediated mold problems.
What to Expect from a Mold Inspection
There are several type of mold inspections available for property owners. The first type is a “Visual Inspection” which is, just it sounds, look for mold with our eyes. It is amazing how often “dirt or soil” is confused for mold. We use a special reagent to spray on the suspected surface that will give us a pretty good idea if it is, in fact, mold or just dirt. If you see something that you think might be mold then this is generally the best type of mold inspection for this occasion.
If you don’t see the mold or if you just want to be extra-sure then we can have lab analysis of the suspected material run. There are three ways a professional mold inspector can take samples: air, surface or bulk. An mold inspection done with an air tests runs a specific amount of air through an air filter. A surface test is also called a “tape test” and it’s where we put a piece of tape down on the suspected area to trap the spores. A “bulk test” is where we actually cut out a piece of the suspect material. All of these samples are then sent off to a lab for an independent, 3rd party analysis. The lab then comes back with a document which details the type of mold you’ve got, the amount present in the sample as well as a short synopsis of where that mold might have come from and what the general health concerns are for each type of mold present.
Commercial vs Residential Mold Inspection
If you’ve got a commercial building then you’ll need to hire a CMI (Commercial Mold Inspector) to do a mold inspection. The mains reason is that homes and offices are build differently. Also, the age of the building greatly determines the possibility of mold. Older structures “breathe” and are less air-tight so mold has less of a chance to grow. Modern structures, however, are usually much tighter and are often wrapped in tyvek which holds any moisture which gets loose in the building inside so that it never dries and mold grows more easily. Typically, more modern commercial structures will have metal stud walls which won’t grow mold.
As always, phone consultations are free. If you’ve got any questions about a mold inspection please call the Experts at 303-801-0300 today!