Your inspector will use his experience to perform a complete, visual, six phase process.
Phase I Questionnaire:
One very important step in properly diagnosing a potential mold problem is to inquire by phone of any current, existing problem conditions, such as but not limited to the following: moldy odors, humidity problems, condensation problems, any known past or present roof leaks, plumbing leaks or past floods and any visible mold observed.
Phase II Visual Inspection:
We will do a complete visual inspection of all accessible areas of your Pennsylvania home or commercial property, locate potential water penetration and other problem conditions, and search for any visible evidence of mold growth throughout the habitable areas of the property.
Phase III Sampling:
Often, evidence of mold cannot be visually seen but must be detected instead by taking samples of microscopic mold spores for analysis. Typically, air samples are taken of the outdoor and indoor air by using a Cyclex Sample, Air-O-Cell's, or Micro 5 Spore traps for spore collecting. This is done to determine if mold spore counts filtered from the indoor air are unusually high in comparison to the mold spore count filtered from the air just outside your property. It also indicates types of mold at the property.
Phase IV Sample Analysis:
It is crucial that a professional trained analysist be used for analysis of any mold or mold spore samples obtained at the property. Test samples collected are analyzed by your inspector who as recieved full training in mold spore analysis. A mold inspection report is provided, often giving among other things, information on the number of spores per cubic meter of air and the specific types of molds found.
Phase V Reporting:
A written report of findings as well as printed lab results specifying what types of mold were found will be provided to you. Only when a professional inspector has reported locations of visible mold infestation and a lab specializing in mold analysis has analyzed the types of mold on your property can you know what you are up against. Much of the time, mold growth is not substantial or toxic; but, occasionally, mold is found that constitutes a problem for you and your family's health. Such problems must be dealt with before they get worse.
Phase VI Remediation Or Mold Clean-Up:
We are certified mold inspectors and remediation specialists. Our primary business goals are to provide you with mold inspection, testing and advice concerning remediation. If we do find toxic or excessive molds in need of professional removal, we can provide you with a written remediation plan.