What is a Mold Inspection?
A mold inspection from Arizona Total Home Restoration is very thorough. It includes a visual inspection for mold growth, moisture mapping for hidden leaks, air sampling and/or surface sampling.
During your appointment, please show us areas in your home that have been subjected to water damage or leaks.
Why Do I Need Mold Testing?
A mold problem only gets worse when left unchecked. It will not fix itself. Be proactive about stopping mold spores from spreading throughout your home.
1. Peace of Mind
Laboratory mold testing is important for assessing the health and safety of your home. It gives you peace of mind when results show that mold spore levels are normal; or at least not toxic.
If the indoor/outdoor ratio is elevated, you may be able to seal cracks, gaps, and other openings in your home's exterior, and bring the ratio down to a safer level. As you know, mold can cause serious health risks.
2. A Plan of Action
Mold testing may reveal a problem that's putting you, your family, and your property at risk. A mold test identifies the types of mold present (by their scientific names), and the concentration of mold spores in the air.
The test results help us determine if mold remediation is needed, and if so, the safest, most affordable, and most effective way to resolve the issue.
Mold testing is appropriate when:
- You see or suspect mold.
- Your home consistently smells musty.
- There’s been water damage at some point.
- There are damp environments where hidden mold could thrive.
- Someone in the home is experiencing mold-related health issues or an allergic reaction.
Certified per EPA guidelines, our expertise lies in a comprehensive mold inspection, interpreting the mold test results, and, as needed, executing a cost-efficient remediation plan.
Related: Common areas of mold in my home
Where Does Mold Hide?
You might visibly see mold, a sure sign there’s an issue. But mold often hides itself behind or beneath cabinets, tile, flooring, drywall, and wallpaper.
It prefers bathrooms, kitchens, and laundry rooms, or other out of the way places where moisture lingers. Mold often also thrives in HVAC ductwork.
If so, you should seriously consider a professional mold inspection.
What to Expect During Mold Inspection and Testing
1. Mold Inspection
First, we conduct a thorough visual mold inspection. We search not only for mold, but evidence of water damage or excessive moisture that promotes mold growth.
Next, we determine what types of samples to take, how many, and from what locations in your home. If mold is not visible, we will take air samples by any areas that appear to have water damage. By taking a sample of the air outside your home, we establish a baseline for natural mold species in the area and their concentration for comparison.
3. Mold Testing
We send the samples to our lab for testing. When mold testing is complete, we present you with the results. If testing determines dangerous levels of mold are present, we work with you to develop a plan of action.
4. Removal or Remediation (only if needed)
We'll have a 3rd party conduct a post-clearance test after mold remediation is complete to ensure air quality inside your home has returned to healthy levels.
Mold and Your Health
Another reason to get a mold inspection is if someone in your home is having an allergic reaction. Inhaled mold spores can irritate the respiratory system, making mold a threat to people with chronic lung diseases, weakened immune systems, and asthma.
Watch for chronic symptoms showing a potential reaction to mold, including:
- Runny Nose
- Eye irritation
- Skin rashes
- Difficulty breathing
- Asthma attacks
Professional Mold Inspection and Mold Testing in Phoenix
If you suspect your home has mold, do not operate your HVAC system. The air movement can spread mold spores all over your home.
Instead, turn the system off and call us immediately (24/7 emergency service available). We will provide professional guidance to limit the potential spread of dangerous mold.
We encourage you to ask questions during the mold inspection and testing process. Our goal is to educate and provide you with reassurance as we resolve your mold-related concerns.
The health of you and your family is a top priority. Contact ATH Restoration today for mold inspection and testing.