Below is a description of what a typical Air Test for Mold would encompass. I believe that the test should include a complete non-invasive inspection to accompany the “actual sampling”. Therefore, that being said, please follow my outline:
- Inspection of the exterior of the home to validate that a water control problem could be a contributor to a Mold issue.
- Take an air sample outside within 30’ of the front door (This is the comparison sample to what samples may be taken within the home) Please Note: Samples outside must be taken on light or mild windy days, if raining, it must be clear for at least 2 hours before sample can be taken.
- Take the air sampling inside at strategic locations with the furnace fan on manual.
- Inspection of the areas typically where water is located, checking for seepage and possibility of mold growth; i.e. under sinks, in bathrooms,in laundry rooms and behind refrigerators.
- Inspection of the attic is necessary to look for water intrusion through the roof covering.
- Inspection of the basement or crawl spaces are key in as much as these areas often breed moldy substances just from their shear damp nature.
- Inspection of the HVAC system is necessary to identify if the system is a contributor to a moldy condition.
- If for any reason such as elevated humidity or furnace is shut down, it may be necessary to postpone the test in order to improve the outcome by correcting simple items (Thus to not waste your fee on a test that may fail). A full report is available in approximately 48 hours, and can be e-mailed to anyone you choose.
Minimum 2 tests for a minimum $200. Includes 2 Air Tests, one inside between each floor and one outside.