Homeworks Environmental Certified Mold Testing – 252-473-6525
Our mold testing identify the presence and types of mold in a building or environment. We use specialized tools and techniques, such as air and surface sampling, to collect mold samples and analyze them in a laboratory. The results of the testing are used to assess potential health risks, determine the need for remediation, and evaluate the effectiveness of remediation efforts. We have specialized training and experience in identifying and assessing mold growth, and are equipped to provide comprehensive and objective evaluations of mold situations.
Problems which can occur as a result of exposure to mold.
Exposure to mold can cause symptoms such as allergies, asthma, headaches, fatigue, and irritation of the eyes, skin, nose, throat, and lungs. Some people may also develop more severe symptoms such as memory loss, mood changes, and immune dysfunction. The severity and type of symptoms a person experiences can vary depending on a number of factors, including the type of mold, the amount of exposure, and the individual’s overall health.
If you suspect that you have been exposed to mold and are experiencing health symptoms, it is important to seek medical attention. Your doctor may perform a physical examination and conduct tests to determine the cause of your symptoms. In some cases, mold exposure may be treated with medications or other therapies, while in more severe cases, it may be necessary to remove the mold and remediate the affected area.
What is Mold Testing?
Mold testing is the process of collecting direct samples of mold and analyzing them to determine the type and quantity of mold present in a building. This is typically done by a professional laboratory that specializes in mold testing. The samples can be collected using a variety of methods such as swabbing, tape lifting, or bulk. The laboratory will then use techniques such as microscopy, culture, or molecular analysis to identify the type of mold present in the samples. The results of mold testing can be used to guide remediation efforts and ensure that the mold is properly removed to protect the health and safety of those living or working in the building. It is important to note that mold testing is just one aspect of a comprehensive mold investigation, and should be used in conjunction with a visual inspection and moisture assessment.
Mold Testing Can Identify
The type of mold present in your environment, which is important for determining the potential health effects
The Goal of Direct Surface Mold Testing
Is to learn about the levels of mold growth and amplification in buildings. There are no EPA or OSHA standards for levels of fungi and mold in indoor environments. There are also no standard collection methods. However, several generally accepted collection methods are available to inspectors to study mold (and bacteria) in indoor environments. Comparison with reference samples can be a useful approach. Reference samples are usually taken outdoors and sometimes samples can be taken from “non-complaint” areas.
It is important to note that different types of mold testing have different advantages and disadvantages, and the most appropriate type of testing will depend on the specific situation and the goals of the testing. A professional mold inspector will be able to recommend the best type of testing for your specific needs.
When to have a
Surface Mold Sample Taken
- When visible or suspected mold is present.
- Where cleanup or removal of visible mold has taken place.
- When 3rd party will be involved in effecting repairs to ensure those repairs were completed properly.
Surface Sampling Methods
Surface sampling can be useful for differentiating between mold growth and stains of various kinds. This type of sampling is used to identify the type of mold growth that may be present and help investigate water intrusion. Surface sampling can help the interpretation of building inspections when used correctly. The following are the different types of surface samples that are commonly used to perform a direct examination of a specific location. Spore counts per area are not normally useful.
Tape (or tape-lift)
These samples are collected using clear adhesive tape or adhesive slide for microscopic examination of suspect stains, settled dust and spores. Tape lifts are an excellent, non-destructive method of sampling. The laboratory is usually able to determine if the there is current of former mold growth or if only normally settled spores were sampled.
This is a destructive test of materials (e.g., settled dust, sections of wallboard, pieces of duct lining, carpet segments, return-air filters, etc.) to determine if they contain or show mold growth. Bulk sampling collects a portion of material small enough to be transported conveniently and handled easily in the laboratory while still representing the material being sampled. A representative sample is taken from the bulk sample and can be cultured for species identification or analyzed using direct microscopy for genus identification. The laboratory is usually able to determine if the there is current of former mold growth or if only normally settled spores were sampled.
A sterile cotton or synthetic fiber-tipped swab is used to test an area of suspected mold growth. Samples obtained using this method can be cultured for species identification or analyzed using direct microscopy for genus identification. The laboratory is usually able to determine if there is current of former mold growth or if only normally settled spores were sampled. Identified spores are generally reported as “present/absent”.
When you should consider an
Indoor Air Quality Test for Mold
- When a recent or prior water damage event is suspected or has occurred.
- When a “Musty” smell is noticed.
- An occupant of the home is predisposed to respiratory distress.
- Recent mold remediation has taken place and you want to verify the effectiveness.
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Air Sampling Methods
Air samples are possibly the most common type of environmental sample that investigators collect to study bioaerosols (mold, pollen, particulates). The physics of removing particles from the air and the general principles of good sample collection apply to all airborne materials, whether biological or other origin. Therefore, many of the basic principles investigators use to identify and quantify other airborne particulate matter can be adapted to bioaerosol sampling. Common to all aerosol samplers is consideration of collection efficiency. The following are the two most common forms of air sampling methods.
The Air-O-Cell spore trap cassette is used with a portable air pump (15 liters/minute for 1 to 10 minutes) to collect airborne aerosols including mold, pollen and other airborne particulates. Air is drawn through a small opening at the top of the cassette and spores are trapped on a sticky coated glass slide inside the cassette. These cassettes are efficient at collecting spores as small as 2.6μm.
The Z5 spore trap is used with a portable air pump (5 liters/minute for 1 to 5 minutes) to rapidly collect airborne aerosols including mold, pollen and other airborne particulates. Air is drawn through a small slit at the top of the cassette and spores are trapped on a sticky surface on a small glass slide inside the cassette. They are efficient at collecting spores as small as 1μm.
Pre-Purchase Mold & Moisture Inspection
With the recent real estate boom and intense bidding competition here in Eastern & Coastal NC, the pressure to close on a property quickly or lose it is very real. Do not invest in a property which may have prior or present moisture damage or potential mold issues. Rushing into a purchase may be an extremely costly financial mistake in the future when issues are identified. One of the most important steps in buying a home is having a home inspection performed. While standard home inspections are useful in identify structural and mechanical damages and concerns, they are not thorough regarding moisture and mold issues. Home inspectors generally see mold as a potential liability and may fail to document questionable concerns. Home Inspectors in general will leave Mold Inspection and Mold Testing services to licensed/certified Mold Inspectors. Call Homeworks Environmental Inspections before you purchase any home in or around Raleigh, North Carolina, for mold and moisture inspections.
Post Remediation Inspection & Testing
In any large mold remediation project HEI recommends Post Remediation / Clearance Testing be performed to ensure that “Elevated” mold conditions have been corrected. A post remediation visual verification inspection should be done to ensure that the work has been performed properly. It is advised to use an independent Certified Mold Testing contractor. Following proper mold remediation guidelines is critical in ensuring that there is no further cross contamination of mold spores mold testing can confirm actual conditions. Our mold inspectors are well experienced and educated and will ensure the proper steps are taken for mold remediation inspection and testing in North Carolina.