How is Mold Inspection/Mold testing perform
Mold Testing is performed in two ways: Air Quality Testing and Surface Swab Samples. When mold testing is necessitated by health issues, or for legal purposes it would be advisable to take at least one surface swab sample and two air samples. This is done because you may have mold growing on a surface that is not yet releasing enough mold spores into the air to cause a problem. In such a case, air sampling alone would provide results that did not accurately reflect the extent of Mold Growth. Visual inspections may not be enough to accurately ascertain the extent of mold.
• Discoloration or black mold on baseboards, wallboard’s, or wallpaper.
• Cracks in shower tile, lack of caulking, loose toilet seal, leaks under sink.
• Carpet and padding in direct contact with concrete slab.
• Poorly maintained or dirty air .conditioning/heating vents and filters
• Damp basement or crawl space.
• Water penetration (water marks on walls, mold spots on walls).
• Musty/ moldy odor.
How is Mold Remediation/removal Perform
The actual process of mold remediation depends on the type of mold and the extent of its contamination. Mold remediation can be dangerous and if there is toxic black mold present it should be removed by professionals using approved protection devices to prevent exposure. The contaminated materials also need to be disposed of in a prescribed manner. How to remediate mold:
• First find the source of mold
• Second remove, repair, or replace mold infected area
• Third treat area with a bactericide, virucide, fungicide and disinfectant product for mold removal and prevention.
• Fourth remove mold spores airborne or are surface deposit by using negative pressure machines (air scrubbers) spay clean or wipe/sponge clean, Heppa vacuum area and the use of a ULV fogger
• Perform a clearance mold test in affected area