home inspections, mold testing, ac inspections, duct cleaning
home inspections, mold inspections, ac inspections, duct cleaning
Chinese Drywall Inspection   Mold Inspections
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Mold Testing Available

Air Testing: we use a zefon air pump,calibrated to 15 liters per minute, to collect the sample, we use an air-o-cell self contained sample cassette. we take two samples, one inside the house, the other outside to compare the samples. These samples are run for 15 or 20 minutes.

Test Tube Swabs: swabs are used to take direct mold samples usually off blower motors,and evaporator coils. they are put into a self contained test tube with a cap to prevent lab solution from coming out.at the lab the sample is put in a incubator to see what grows.

Direct Tape Lifts: using clear tape or specially designed adhesive
microscope slides, sample are lifted directly of the mold.these samples are usually taken from airhandler insulation or insulated duct board.
After arrival at the lab they are put on a powerful microscope and identified. the biologist can actually count the mold spores.

Carpet or Fiber Testing: With a special adapter attached to the air pump, carpet fibers can be vaccumed on to the air-0-cell cassette, the slide inside removed and put onto a microscope.

Wall Cavity Testing: using another adapter a small hole can be made into a wall cavity the air vaccumed out and onto an air-o-cell cassette.

We have all types of different equipment and tools to do a complete mold inspection and mold testing. We have the rotobrush i2cam to look in your duct work, moisture meters to help find the cause. Whatever needs to be done, we will find the answers. We have many friends in the remediation community, and we are not too proud to ask them for help.

Whatever we inspect, whatever we test, our customers will receive it all in writing. Mold test results will be hand carried from the lab to the customer, we do not mail anything.

What is Mold?

Mold is a microscopic organism that grows from spores. There are estimated to be over 100,000 species of mold in the World and they are virtually everywhere in our environment. They are usually inactive and don't present problems. In fact, molds are part of the natural environment and play a part in nature by breaking down dead organic matter such as fallen leaves and dead trees. However, indoors, mold growth should be avoided. When it settles on a surface under the right moisture and temperature conditions they start to swell and begin to germinate and multiply (colonize).

Certain types of molds are capable of producing a class of compounds called mycotoxins. Identifying mold is important because it is a common cause of asthma and/or allergic reaction with sensitized people. For these people, exposure to molds can cause symptoms such as nasal stuffiness, eye irritation, wheezing, or skin irritation. Some people, such as those with serious allergies to molds, may have more severe reactions such as memory loss or severe lung problems. It's thought that mycotoxins are more likely to trigger health problems in even healthy individuals.

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