What is mold?
Mold (fungi) is present everywhere - indoors and outdoors. There are more than 100,000 species of mold. At least 1,000 species of mold are common in the U.S. Some of the most commonly found are species of Cladosporium, Penicillium, and Aspergillus.
Where is it found?
Mold is most likely to grow where there is water or dampness - such as in bathrooms, crawlspaces and basements. There are molds that can grow on wood, paper, carpet, and foods. When excessive moisture or water accumulates indoors, mold growth will often occur, particularly if the moisture problem remains undiscovered or un-addressed.
If the answer is "yes" to any of the following questions, you may be in need of a mold inspection and/or mold testing:
- Is there a "musty smell in your home or building?
- Are there visible signs of water damage anywhere?
- Has the property ever suffered a leaking basement?
- Has the property ever suffered a roof leak?
- Has the property ever suffered a plumbing leak?
- Has the property ever suffered a sink or sewer overflow?
- Has the property ever suffered other water problems?
When we perform our home inspections, we are always looking for signs of water intrusion and possible organic growth (mold) and will point these areas of concern out to our clients.
However, you may have a potential mold issue in your home which may need to be evaluated. That's where our mold inspection and testing services come in. One of the most important aspect's of a mold inspection is to find the source of the moisture. You can take all the air and surface samples you want, but if you don't find the source of the mold (moisture) your wasting your money.
A typical residential mold inspection consists of the following:
- Visually inspect the property (especially the basement, crawlspace and attic) for any signs of mold growth, conditions to mold growth and moisture intrusion
- Measure the dewpoint and the humidity in the air
- Measure the moisture on the walls, ceilings, etc.
- Take air samples in the areas of concern. A standard mold inspection includes one outdoor sample that would be taken to establish a baseline level and two indoor samples would also be taken. The air samples are then overnighted to our testing lab and the results are usually available in one day.
- Swab samples of any visible signs of mold would also be taken if needed. The swab samples are then overnighted to our testing lab and the results are usually available in one day.
- We provide a detailed inspection report, along with any related lab reports and our remediation recommendations if needed.
Please call 908-379-9311 for a free phone consultation and to obtain a quote.
- You may not need air and surface samples taken.
- You may just need a simple visual mold inspection.
- We're not going to take your money for something that is not needed.
- We're not a mold remediation company who will benefit from finding mold within your home.
- We are available 7 days a week and are always here for our clients.
- As with any of our inspection and testing services, we always have our client's best interest in mind.
"We leave no stone unturned"