Purpose and Scope
Mold testing can determine if high levels of mold are present in your home. The International Association of Certified Air Consultants (IAC2) has Standards of Practice that I use in a mold inspection.
A Mold Inspection will report defects that pertain to mold growth, moisture intrusion, and any conditions that may exist that promote the development of mold. A Complete Mold Inspection is similar to a typical Home Inspection, but specifically deals with mold or conditions favorable to potential mold growth.
I will collect samples to be analyzed by an independent laboratory as part of the inspection. Air Sampling is a method used to determine whether elevated levels of mold exist. A baseline sample is taken outdoors and compared to at least one air sample within the home to see whether or not mold is a concern.
Sometimes I will suggest that Swab, Tape Lift, or more air samples to be taken as well – but ultimately all samples taken will have to be approved by you as there is a cost associated with the collection and analysis of each sample.
Each circumstance is unique and having the proper documentation is the first step in reaching a solution.
About Mold Testing: What To Expect
It is important to note that mold spores are present on almost every surface inside and outside of a home. The EPA has no set standard on what is an unacceptable mold amount. I am a generalist that is trained and certified to conduct IAC2 SOP Mold inspections and to find deficiencies that may promote excessive mold growth.
By using the IAC2 Standards, I can help you decide whether the mold level in your home needs to be remediated or not.
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