Are you really in need of mold testing or inspection?
Mold inspections and testing will be a topic that will make every mold inspector and mold company squirm. While most mold companies won’t reveal this information, we have been doing it for years. We are dedicated to exposing accurate facts about mold to counter the myths and fiction that dominate our industry. Are you ready?
Mold testing is often unnecessary and costly.
If you are already seeing easily visible mold is usually not a subject for testing or inspection. You can simply remove the mold according to industry standards, as we discuss below.
We discuss many situations where mold testing and inspection are a good idea. We also discuss why buying home mold testing kits at hardware stores is a waste.
Many people who call us (and probably other mold companies) have already seen visible mold. They believe they need it tested to determine if it is toxic and what kind of mold it is.
Are you surprised that most mold care companies don’t realize the importance of testing when they can get a quick $350-$1000 mold inspection from a concerned customer? It is not. There are companies and individuals that are honest, which we applaud, but they are few and far between and are drowned out in the sea of lies.
If there is visible mold, why is it almost always necessary to have a mold inspection?
Do you really need to know the type of mold it is in order to determine if it’s toxic? As we discussed in our industry shakeup article, “Black Mold” is often misunderstood and misused.
Second, once you have seen it before, visible mold, it doesn’t matter what kind it is. You or a professional mold removal company will simply have to remove the mold as per the proper procedure.
Principles of Mold Removal and Mold Remediation
Does the type of mold affect the way you remove it? Regardless of its color or species, visible mold can be removed using the Mold Remediation Principles mentioned above.
This may sound a bit too complicated, especially for a mold company. Here’s what the Environmental Protection Agency has to say:
The EPA states that mold testing is not necessary when visible mold is present. They also state that there are no federal guidelines that can be used to determine if mold spores are safe or hazardous. We tell our clients this all the time. It is something that many other companies won’t bother to disclose. Although there are no federal guidelines on mold spore count, we can use the indoor and outdoor mold counts to give an approximate idea of the level of mold in the environment. Knowing the indoor and outdoor counts of mold spores is crucial when conducting a mold inspection.
However, the EPA paragraph indicated that mold testing could be helpful in some circumstances. This point will be further developed and answered the question:
What should be the purpose of a mold inspection?
- If visible mold is absent, the mold smell is. A mold inspection and test can be used to determine if there is elevated mold and where it is located.
- There are water leaks and other issues, and it is possible that there may be elevated mold behind walls and in the air.
- Clearance Testing after mold removal to confirm that all mold issues have been addressed and that mold counts are back to normal levels.
- Health Concerns: Sometimes, a patient or a doctor may have a problem with their health that is not obvious, but it seems to be due to mold symptoms like coughing, sneezing and headaches.
- A mold inspection and test can be used to confirm if the patient or doctor suspects there is a problem.
- Real estate transactions to protect Buyers and Sellers
- Tenant/Landlord disputes regarding mold problems.
- One person believes they can smell or see mold but isn’t sure.
- A general Indoor Air Quality Test of the environment is what someone is interested in.
Why can’t I go to my local hardware store and purchase a product? Home mold KitTo test the mold yourself? Here are some reasons why this is a bad idea.
- Mold testing results from DIY home mold tests can often be misleading or incorrect (i.e. Sample error Professionals should perform the test and interpret the results.
- The Home Mold Test Kits do not include a visual inspection by a professional mold inspector. This is very important! Professional mold inspections include sampling and a thorough visual inspection. This is to identify potential problems and issues that may be related to mold.
- Mold is everywhere. Yes. Homes can have very little mold. A home mold test petri dish does not tell you much, since all homes have mold.
- These test kits are not able to detect a mold problem if you don’t see or smell it.
- Do not take our word for this. Here’s what the U.S. Government EPA has to say, in its entirety:
- “Sampling mold should be done by professionals who have the expertise to design mold-sampling protocols and methods. The American Industrial Hygiene Association, the American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists, and other professional organizations recommend that samples be analyzed using analytical methods.
Remember our simple rule: Mold must be removed if you can see it. Tests are usually not necessary at this stage.
Do I require a professional to remediate mold?
This question is dependent on many factors such as the size of the mold problem, the surface it is growing on, and your level of expertise. The general rule is that the more severe the mold problem, you will need to hire a professional.
Mold problems are often a result of water problems. If you don’t get your water problem fixed quickly, mold can develop. Mold can be caused by any water-related event. Nearly every house I’ve seen has mold in its bathroom.
Although I am not a doctor, I would bet my reputation that the common bathroom mold found in showers or tubs isn’t going anywhere near your death. Let’s face the facts, it is ugly, unattractive, and doesn’t give you a sense of cleanliness. It’s because bathrooms are high in humidity and people don’t have the time or the patience to properly ventilate and dry them.
Do you really need to pay a lot to have the mold removal from your bathroom? It is not necessary! It’s completely unnecessary. A moderately skilled person can purchase an over-the-counter mold cleaner to clean and replace caulking and tile grout. It costs less than $10 To ensure that all your hard work is not wasted, make sure you ventilate your bathroom.
Mold on drywall? The truth is that drywall is more difficult. However, drywall is more difficult if you have a small amount of it, such as less than 10 feet. In this case, most handymen can either replace it or hire a handyman. Be careful how you handle moldy drywall.
You should keep the work area isolated from the rest. You should cover it with plastic sheeting, or at least close the door. Open some windows. You should spray the affected area with a mold-killing agent and wipe it down. You should carefully remove the drywall, bag it, seal it, and dispose of it.
You should then scrub the 2×4 frame with the same over-the-counter mold killer. Allow the area to dry completely. Finally, the drywall should always be replaced. For most mold jobs, we recommend that you wear a mask/respirator, gloves, and goggles, even if the job requires drywall replacement.
We recommend that you hire a professional if your mold problems are more than 10 square feet in size or are located in difficult areas like crawlspaces or attics. Most mold problems can be solved by the homeowner. Many people will hire a professional mold removal company to ensure that the job is done correctly. That’s okay.
This article should have shed some light on the best times to hire a professional and when it is better to save money. You can save a penny by saving a penny. Good luck!