Mold Inspection and Testing

Mold inspection and testing can be performed with or without a home inspection. Mold is a microscopic organism found virtually everywhere indoors and outdoors. Mold can be found on food, plants, and other organic material. Mold can also be found on cardboard, paper, ceiling tile, sheet-rock, carpet, carpet padding, wood, plaster and air conditioning ducts.
Mold spores are easily detached and become airborne. When moldy materials become damaged or disturbed, spores (reproductive bodies similar to plant seeds) can be released into the air.
Mold Testing
During the initial walk through of your property we will determine any potential sources of mold and fungi. This can include, but not limited to:
  • Interior and exterior mold assessment
  • Inspection of basement and garage for visible mold
  • Inspection of crawl spaces and attics for mold problems
  • Inspect the HVAC system and filters for visible mold intrusion
Any potential areas of concern discovered during a mold inspection will be documented and photographed. When testing for mold, Great Lakes Inspection Company prefers to collect the most information possible during a mold inspection.
The mold inspector will take samples of suspect areas and non-suspect areas to determine the factor of the mold problem or if a mold problem exists. The samples can include air samples, tape samples and swab samples. Exterior samples are also taken for comparison.
What mold testing equipment will be used during the mold assessment?
  • Digital Camera – used to visually document the finding during the mold inspection
  • Air sampling pump – to test the interior and exterior for mold spores looking for their count and species.
  • Tape sampling supplies – used to take sample of the mold to send to a n accredited lab for analysis.
  • Swabs and culturable sampling is done to sample mold in places where tape sampling is impractical or to sample the mold so the lab can grow it to determine the species. Certain mold spores look identical under the microscope. It isn’t until the lab grows the mold that they can identify the specific mold species. All molds grow differently.
  • Moisture meters – to identify possible problematic areas.
  • Personal protective equipment – respirators, gloves, Tyvex suite, goggles- this is used to protect the inspector while he is conducting the mold.
If you answer “yes” to any of the following questions, consider a mold inspection:
  • 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?
Contact us for pricing and to schedule an appointment.