Mold Inspection and Remediation

If you live in Delaware or Maryland you know that high humidity and water damage can quickly lead to mold growth and that awful musty smell that comes along with it. Slow plumbing leaks are also a big culprit in cases where mold is growing. With mold grow taking a little as 48 hours to amplify, it is no wonder we are always performing mold damage cleanup projects. But before the remediation can start a thorough mold inspection should take place.

Mold Inspection and Assessment

A proper mold assessment is not simply testing for mold. In fact, many governmental agencies like the CDC & EPA have taken on the stance that if you can visually see fungal growth, you should steer clear of having it tested. They believe that it is a waster of the homeowner’s hard-earned money. This is because mold affects people is vastly different ways and sometimes, not at all. There is no clear exposure limits for mold spores, fungal fragments, MVOCs or anything else that validate the test results.

The truth is that a detailed inspection done with the assessors’ eyes, ears, nose, mouth hands and head. These are what makes for a great mold assessment and we will break this down below to make more sense.

  • Eyes – The assessor looks for the mold until it is found
  • Ears – The assessor listens to the customer as they will be one of the biggest factors in helping to determine the source of the moisture problem and what the desired results they are looking to get once the issues are corrected.
  • Nose – The assessor sniffs around as they attempt to locate musty smells and track down the cause and origin.
  • Mouth – The assessor asks a wide range of valuable questions to help develop a hypothesis and then later test that hypothesis.
  • Hands – The assessor grapes an array of hi-tech gadgets to gather important data on the building envelope.
  • Head – The assessor will gather all data collected and write a mold remediation protocol to return the living space back to a normal fungal ecology.

Mold Testing Should Be Done In Rare Cases

Testing for mold should be done when, but not limited to; when you can’t find any signs of a moisture problem or see mold growth, but the customer describes all the classic symptoms of a mold problem. Another reason that would be valid is if a doctor request testing to better help their patient. Also, testing like tape lifts can help confirm or deny if a suspect substance is in fact mold or something else, like dirt or insect droppings.

How To Properly Remediate Mold

Below are the basic step of a good mold remediation. A good mold cleanup project always follows these basic steps.

  • Mold Inspection
  • Mold Remediation Protocol
  • Engineering Controls
  • Source Removal
  • Detailed Cleaning
  • Structural Drying
  • Air Scrubbing
  • Post Remediation Verification

Once these steps are completed, you should receive a certificate of remediation. Now the restoration phase can start and you are one step closer to getting your home and life back to normal.