Detecting mold in your home or business can be a challenge due to its tendency to grow in unchecked areas like basements or attics, and because it doesn’t always give off a bad smell. Many home and business owners are unaware of mold growth in their building until someone starts showing signs of health decline or they actually see it. The only true way to identify mold growth in your building is to have a thorough mold inspection in Portland, OR conducted.
As soon as you suspect there may be mold growth in your home, you should call and schedule a mold inspection. There are a number of ways professionals are able to detect mold, including a visual inspection and testing using tools and samples. If you are having a mold inspection done, here’s what you should expect.
When you initially call mold remediators to schedule an inspection, we will ask you a number of questions about the mold situation in your building, including previous mold growth, recent flooding or leaking problems, noticeable odors and visible signs. You should be prepared to answer these questions, as it will help us more easily identify the problem areas in your home and remove them.
During the inspection appointment, we will come to your home or business and conduct a very thorough visual inspection of each room. We will use tools such as moisture meters and thermal imaging cameras to assess the humidity levels in each room and spot signs of active mold growth. We will also note areas of concern where water leaks and damage have taken place.
Sample collection and testing
Based on our visual inspection, we will identify the largest area of concern in your home or office and take samples to send in for testing. We typically take an indoor air sample from the area of concern, as well as a sample from outside to act as a control.
We may also take additional air samples or physical samples of mold growth if we can identify it visually. There are numerous ways to take physical mold samples using swabs or tape. The entire inspection and sampling process will take approximately 30 minutes.
These samples will be sent to a laboratory for testing. Professionals will analyze the samples to identify the specific type of mold present, its possible sources and the amount of mold present in your building.
Reporting and next steps
When the lab has concluded its analysis, we will compile a report detailing the results to send to you. This report will cover information regarding the inspection, as well as next steps to remediate the mold if it was identified and cost estimates for you to consider. We will be happy to discuss more information regarding next steps with you once the process is completed.
If you notice signs of mold growth in your home or office, don’t hesitate to schedule a mold inspection in Portland, OR with Active Mold Control LLC. We offer inspections, testing and removal of mold and mildew in your home or business. Call today to see how we can help you!
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