Mold Testing During Mold Inspections

Mold Testing During Mold Inspections

Mold testing during mold inspections may not always be necessary especially if mold growth is already visible.  Collecting air samples during a mold inspection is important for several reasons.  Mold spores are not visible to the naked eye, and the types of mold present can often be determined through laboratory analysis of the air samples.  Having samples analyzed can also help provide evidence of the scope and severity of a mold problem, as well as aid in assessing human exposure to mold spores.  After remediation, new samples are typically taken to help ensure that all mold has been successfully removed.

 

Prior to initiating mold testing you need to have a specific purpose for sampling and the mold testing needs to be conducted by an expert having extensive experience and education in microbiology and environmental health.  In most cases, if visible mold growth is observed, testing is unnecessary.  Since no EPA or other federal limits have been established for mold or mold spores, testing cannot be used to verify a building’s compliance with federal mold requirements.   However exposure guidelines do exist along with best industry practices for mold evaluations and mold testing.  Surface sampling such as swab wipes may be useful to determine if an area has been adequately cleaned or remediated.  As mentioned before, mold testing needs to be conducted by environmental professionals such as a certified industrial hygienist who have specific experience in designing mold sampling protocols, sampling methods, and interpreting results.  Laboratory analysis of samples need to follow analytical methods recommended by the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA), the American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists (ACGIH), or other professional organizations.

 

You may suspect hidden mold if a building smells moldy, but you cannot see the source, or if you know there has been water damage and residents are reporting health problems.  Mold testing can be useful in such instances, such as, to confirm the presence of visually identified mold or if the source of perceived indoor mold growth cannot be visually identified.  Mold may be hidden in places such as the back side of dry wall, wallpaper, or paneling, the top side of ceiling tiles, the underside of carpets and pads, etc. Other possible locations of hidden mold include areas inside walls around pipes (with leaking or condensing pipes), the surface of walls behind furniture (where condensation forms), inside ductwork, and in roof materials above ceiling tiles (due to roof leaks or insufficient insulation).

 

ECOthink Group conducts mold inspections and testing through out Connecticut.  Please contact us today: info@ecothinkgroup.com

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