Mold & Moisture Inspections

The purpose of our mold and moisture inspections is to determine the amount of mold and moisture trouble and watch areas. While mold and moisture go hand in hand, they are not the same. We use modern technology to inspect concrete, wood, and drywall throughout the property for mold and moisture.

Moisture Testing

Moisture testing is done on exterior walls to determine if there are moisture problems behind the siding of the home or structure. Most of moisture issues in walls are the result of water intrusion, which typically results from water getting into the walls around windows or through improper prior construction. Water intrusion at exterior walls can often result in expensive repairs if it is not remediated quickly.

Mold Testing

Mold testing can be done by air sampling or swab testing. Swab testing is typically done to surfaces that already appear to have a problem or where mold is clearly visible. Air sampling is done to find hidden mold. If there is moisture in the walls but no mold growth in the walls, air sampling for mold testing will not help. If there is mold in the wall but the wall is completely airtight, air sampling for mold won’t find the mold. We use a variety of methods to carefully inspect homes for dangerous and harmful mold and moisture.

Ten Things You Should Know About Mold

  • Potential health effects and symptoms associated with mold exposures include allergic reactions, asthma, and other respiratory complaints.
  • There is no practical way to eliminate all mold and mold spores in the indoor environment; the way to control indoor mold growth is to control moisture.
  • If mold is a problem in your home or school, you must clean up the mold and eliminate sources of moisture.
  • Fix the source of the water problem or leak to prevent mold growth.
  • Reduce indoor humidity (to 30-60% ) to decrease mold growth by: venting bathrooms, dryers, and other moisture-generating sources to the outside; using air conditioners and de-humidifiers; increasing ventilation; and using exhaust fans whenever cooking, dish washing, and cleaning.
  • Clean and dry any damp or wet building materials and furnishings within 24-48 hours to prevent mold growth.
  • Clean mold off hard surfaces with water and detergent, and dry completely. Absorbent materials such as ceiling tiles, that are moldy, may need to be replaced.
  • Prevent condensation: Reduce the potential for condensation on cold surfaces (i.e., windows, piping, exterior walls, roof, or floors) by adding insulation.
  • In areas where there is a perpetual moisture problem, do not install carpeting (i.e., by drinking fountains, by classroom sinks, or on concrete floors with leaks or frequent condensation).
  • Molds can be found almost anywhere; they can grow on virtually any substance, providing moisture is present. There are molds that can grow on wood, paper, carpet, and foods.