When To Test For Mold

Save Money! Know When to Test for Mold!

We understand your budget concerns. We recommend capturing mold samples only if necessary. We perform a moisture investigation first, and then make recommendations for testing after we understand the condition of the property from a water damage perspective. We recommend:

  • DO test for mold in areas where there is evidence of a water damage incident that may not have been treated properly. Examples of water damage incidents include pipe leaks, toilet and tub overflows, tile degradation in showers and tub surrounds, air conditioning defects, cracks in stucco, and water seepage from exterior to interior. Verify that the property has been dried properly and that no mold has become airborne from behind wall cavities and behind cabinetry.
  • DO test when there is visible mold-like discoloration in the air handler closet, the property smells like mold, and the air conditioning system ducts look grimy. It’s not possible to visually determine if the grime is dust or mold. Your inspector will most likely recommend capturing a surface sample from the HVAC ducts to rule out mold growth.
  • DO test when there is no visible mold-like discoloration, but the conditions are suitable for mold growth. For instance, during the moisture investigation, your Inspector finds wet or damp drywall, evidence of a past water damage incident, and a musty odor is present. Your inspector will recommend testing to rule out airborne mold spores that are not visible.
  • DO test if your mortgage company, or other financial interest, requires clearance that a property that previously suffered water damage or mold has been satisfactorily restored.
  • DO test if you are concerned about the presence of mold and you want to discuss mold testing results with your physician.
  • ALWAYS test if you are buying a property and the seller reveals that there has been a mold issue or water damage incident in the past. It’s essential to ensure that the remediation was successful.
  • Limit Mold Testing when there is ample evidence that mold exists, i.e. visible mold-like discoloration, coupled with excessive moisture, current and/or past water damage, and/or an obvious imbalance in humidity. Property owners may wish to limit testing and move directly to identifying how much it will cost to locate the source of the problem, fix the source of the problem, remove the mold, and restore the property after remediation.

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