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What you need to know about Mold Testing

home mold inspection in Alpharetta and Milton, GA

If you live in the Alpharetta / Milton Georgia area and you want  to have your home mold testing done there are important things you should know about mold inspections, and home air quality issues.

1. Individual mold spores are far smaller than a single human hair and cannot be seen by normal unaided eyesight. The only way to determine how much mold is flying around inside your home is to collect air samples. The air sample cassettes are submitted to a laboratory and placed under a powerful microscope. The type of mold and the quantity of mold can then be determined. This is a vital tool necessary in assessing the air quality of your home.

You may come across persons who say they can do a visual inspection of your home and tell you all about your mold situation, unfortunately a visual inspection is of very limited value. People that may say otherwise are either uninformed or unethical, maybe both.

The primary purpose of doing mold assessment is to determine whether or not mold remediation is required. Another important reason to do more testing is to determine what the starting and stopping points are within your home IF mold remediation is required. For example, you may have a problem in your basement but the rest of the home is fine. Mold testing will determine the correct stopping point.

2. It’s important to understand that in the state of Georgia there is no regulatory involvement in mold assessments or mold remediation. This is one reason why there are many unqualified persons doing this type of work with impunity. There are other states such as Florida that have strong regulatory involvement and requirements. This is the reason why there are some experienced mold assessment and mold remediation professionals who work exclusively in Georgia who are licensed in the state of Florida, for credentialing purposes. Licensed individuals can be found on the Florida department of professional business regulation website for free. (hyperlink to the FL DPBR ??). The two categories are: mold assessment, and mold remediation.

3. As we said earlier, individual mold spores are far too small to be seen by the naked eye; however, there are times when large groups of mold spores can colonize together on various surfaces and this can be seen visually. The problem with looking at potential mold colonization is that there are many other types of surface contaminants which mimic the appearance of toxigenic mold. The only way you can distinguish between the two is to take a surface sample of the suspected mold and have a laboratory technician evaluate the sample with the use of a microscope.

4. Evaluating the buildings environmental conditions is another element of a good mold assessment. There are certain elements such as: elevated humidity, elevated moisture, water intrusion issues that are important to assess when performing a mold inspection. Evaluating the surrounding surface topography is also important to determine if surface rainwater is a contributing problem to poor indoor environmental conditions. Evaluating the “building envelope” (exterior walls, windows, roofing etc.), is important.

5. Competent mold inspections will include the use of various moisture detection instruments to determine what the moisture content of various building materials is. This is extremely useful in assessing potential water intrusion issues. Types of moisture detection instruments include: infrared thermography, invasive and non-invasive moisture detection tools, etc.

Selecting a competent individual to perform a mold inspection is challenging. Do you want to find an individual that has multiple training certifications and or licenses. They also should have a good number of years of experience performing mold assessments.

We hope these suggestions are helpful to your needs.

The Violet Frog Team