One of the most common questions asked is what goes into our mold inspection. A reliable mold inspection is made up of many parts. Typically, these consist of a visual inspection of the readily accessible areas of the interior and exterior of the dwelling, moisture meter and relative humidity readings air samples of the suspect area and other areas of the home and surface samples of any suspect mold growth.
An initial mold assessment should be able to develop a proper scope of work for remediation of any mold found during the assessment and to inhibit the return of mold growth.
The visual inspection is not just to determine if mold is present. The visual inspection is also to identify potential moisture sources. Part of what we look for during our visual assessment on the exterior is negative drainage at the foundation, downspouts discharging at the foundation, leaking and uninsulated supply pipes. On the interior, we are looking for leaking toilets and sinks, basement and crawlspace floors with no vapor barrier, poor bathroom ventilation, over insulation, ceiling penetrations, and poor attic ventilation.
Moisture meter and relative humidity readings
In every case, the presence of mold is due to a moisture problem. Moisture in a wall near a window or door is common. Elevated relative humidity (above 50%) leads to condensation on colder surfaces. Knowing where the moisture source allows us to recommend steps to eliminate the cause and inhibit a return of the mold.
Beware the mold test that depends on a single indoor sample compared to an outdoor control. Samples provide the supporting documentation for the hypothesis developed during the inspection. Samples should be taken from any suspect area, pathways from the suspect areas, samples from additional levels of the home as well as outdoor control samples. Mold in a basement may migrate to other levels of the house through the natural airflow of the house. The mold assessment professional should be the one determining the locations of the samples. If the professional is reliable, they will only recommend samples that are required to support the inspection.
What We Do
At Metro Boston Property Inspections, Inc., we charge a separate price for the visual assessment, including moisture meter and relative humidity readings. Should sampling be required, we charge a flat fee to include all the necessary samples for the assessment. This allows us to take a larger number of samples than those companies that take a single indoor sample but then charge by the sample for any additional samples.
Give us a call if you feel you have a mold issue. We will help determine the cause and recommend a fix.
Metro Boston Property Inspections Building Inspection indoor environmental professionals are certified by the International Association of Certified Indoor Air Consultants (IAC2). Our consultants are trained in the latest methodology with advanced technology for mold testing and mold assessments.
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