During a mold inspection, a visible inspection of the premises is conducted by a Certified Mold Inspector – both the interior and exterior – to identify signs of visible mold growth. The inspector also identifies conditions that are ideal for mold growth such as cool, damp, and dark areas.
After visible signs have been identified, we begin to check for hidden and hard-to-see mold growth. Often water intrusion is not noticed until it is too late, and mold can be present behind walls long before signs of water damage appear, like softened drywall or water marks. Using specialized infrared thermal imaging equipment, we check for mold behind walls and take humidity and temperature readings throughout each room. A radio-wave moisture intrusion probe is conducted to identify mold growth in areas that are hidden from view and/or difficult to access.
Special attention is paid to the following areas where mold growth is most common:
- Laundry Rooms
- HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning System)
When imaging devices and mold detection equipment detect mold behind a wall, a visible confirmation of mold growth is often determined by cutting out a small section of drywall to see the depth of mold growth on its backside.
Areas where mold are discovered are noted, photographed, and a mold testing and remediation plan is written out and provided to the client in a digital hard copy, as well as a copy of the full mold inspection report.