How we test for mold:
The very first step is to ask you if you have any concerns about the building, e.g, has it ever had any water problems, leaks, or water damage. Then we will perform either a full non-invasive examination of the building and all of its visible systems and components, in accordance to the IAC2 Mold Inspection Standards of Practice. If conditions permit, we will then take samples according to the IAC2 Mold Sampling Procedures.
If there are samples that are taken, we send them off via overnight FedEx to Pro-Laboratories, Inc. We usually get the results within 48-72 hours of them receiving the samples. Once we receive the results, Paxton Inspection Services will then create a written report that includes all the findings along with the test results. We will then send you the report for your review. We are always available to answer any questions or concerns that you may have.
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Tips for Easy Mold Testing
The following outlines what you can do to help the Inspector conduct an efficient inspection:
- Move personal items or furniture that may block access to exterior walls and windows.
- Straighten up your basement. The inspector will need access to all foundation walls, the sump pit, and HVAC equipment.
- Make a clear path to access the attic entrance.
- Move items away from the area that may have mold present, for easy access.
Anything you can do to help the Inspector, before he arrives, will give him the opportunity to conduct a more thorough examination of your home and the possible problem areas.
It's ugly and unhealthy for buildings and humans. For people that are allergic or have a poor immune system, a small amount or large amount in a building can cause mild to severe breathing problems or other ailments.
For a building, mold can cause damage to the structure. It bonds to some building materials, and then will start to eat the substrate its attached too. This will cause damage to drywall, wood, carpet padding, etc. Mold needs moisture and food to survive, and a building has plenty of food.
Mold Prevention Tips
So how can you prevent or limit mold growth in your home? There are several ways every home owner, or commercial building owner can limit the spread of mold.
Here are some tips to help you:
- Clean Up Water Spills
- Anytime you spill water or liquids in your home, clean it up right away. When you get out of the shower or tub, wipe up the water off the floor and around the shower and tub.
- Fix Leaks
- Make sure anytime you spot a leak around a window, a leaky pipe or faucet as soon as you spot. You can also turn off the water and call a plumber.
- Keep the Downspout Extensions on
- The downspout extensions should a minimum of 6' to properly shed water away from the foundation.
- Keep your Gutters Clean
- By keeping your gutters clean all year round, water will not back up underneath the roof structure. This leads to rot and molding of the roof structure, which will be very costly to repair.
- Use your Exhaust Fans
- Make sure you always use your vent fan in your bathroom, during and up to 45 mins after taking a shower. This will exhaust all the humid air to the outside and reduce the high humidity levels that mold loves to grow in.
- Use a Dehumidifier
- A dehumidifier should be used in your home throughout most of the year. The humidity level should be set between 35-45%. This will help reduce the moisture in the air that creates the conditions that mold needs to grow.