Mold Testing

Mold Testing

Assessing the severity of a mold problem involves more than just taking samples. We take a 3-prong approach: interior / exterior visual inspections, infrared scanning, and air/surface sampling. This approach coupled with our experience ensures each client is provided with sound guidance regarding next steps.

Assessments and interpretation of the results are conducted according to the IESO (Indoor Environmental Standards Organization), and inspections are conducted by inspectors certified by the American Council for Accredited Certification (ACAC). The following Q&A will help you hire a qualified consultant.

Does the inspection company also provide mold remediation services? 

A company performing both mold remediation and mold sampling has a large conflict of interest. Before remediation, they have an incentive to find a mold problem. After remediation, they have an incentive to show passing results. US Inspect does not perform mold remediation and has no vested interest in the result of any testing performed.

“Certified” or Professional Certification?

Training certificates (“certified”) are awarded to class participants who pass a test based only on class material. A professional certification is awarded to someone who passes a proctored exam based on broad industry knowledge independent of a specific class. A professional certification is more difficult to obtain, and US Inspect has it. The video below further explains the importance.

 

Does the company consult or just take samples?

Many companies give the laboratory report to the client without further input, leaving the client to determine their own course of action. These companies may not have proper mold training, may not carry mold insurance, or may be trying to eliminate liability. We consult with our clients by interpreting the lab report and telling them which course of action is best for their situation.

PLEASE REMEMBER

  • Georgia does not license indoor air quality professionals.
  • We utilize EMLab P&K for sample analysis. This lab carries the AIHA EMLAP certification, the highest certification given by the American Industrial Hygienist Association to microbiology labs performing this work.
  • If possible, sampling should not occur within 12 hours of heavy rainfall in order to reduce the possibility of a false-positive. Outdoor spore levels are depleted by rain and require time to regain equilibrium.
  • Accuracy is improved when doors and windows have been closed a at least a few hours before testing.

For information on the use of store bought mold testing kits, click HERE.

For general information about mold, click HERE.