what to expect from a mold inspection

What to expect from a mold inspection?

Do not depend on your mold inspector for any medical advice; that is the job of a medical specialist. If any illness is experienced that may be related to mold or other indoor environmental factors, a family doctor should be consulted regarding health complaints. In addition, the unhealthy person should obtain a referral to the appropriate medical professionals specializing in allergies, environmental medicine, or occupational health, as prescribed by the physician.

 If building related symptoms, such as allergy or asthma-like symptoms or other similar symptoms are experienced, then mold inspection & testing is often the logical starting point in an effort to locate, define and control the problem, as mold is often the culprit. One must keep in mind that occasionally other bioaerosols can result in symptoms or illness as well. Your inspector is unlikely to sample for, or locate mold which may be hidden inside walls, behind wallpaper, appliances, furniture or other inaccessible areas without conducting an invasive inspection.

Mold inspection and mold testing service is not intended to sample or report on what the inspector considers to be typical tiny amounts of expected mold. A mold test is not an environmental investigation for conditions, such as dust mite, roach, and pet allergens, virus, bacteria, lead-based paint, asbestos, radon, voc’s or any other environmental conditions. Mold testing is not meant to detect wood destroying organisms or termite inspection report for dry rot fungus or other fungus that causes wood decay.

Mold Metrix does not offer an opinion as to the advisability of the purchase or sale of property. Unless customer requests and purchases invasive mold inspection with sampling in every room, inner wall stud bay, AC duct, carpet, and all other surfaces in all areas, items or areas inspected and sampled will be chosen based on the inspectors’ judgement. Mold Metrix is not responsible or liable for the non-discovery of any water damage, mold contamination, or “problem conditions” of the inspected property in which Metrix has not been contracted to inspect. Mold Metrix is not responsible or liable for the non-discovery of any water damage, mold contamination, or any other problems that were not discovered due to inadequate sampling in specific areas where sampling was not requested and paid for.

Mold Testing and Inspection DISCLAIMERS APPLICABLE TO CLIENTS:

Metrix mold inspections are conducted per acceptable environmental hygiene recommendations as defined by The Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC), the New York City Department of Mental Health & Hygiene, Bureau of Environmental & Occupational Disease Epidemiology, the American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists, National Air Duct Cleaners Association, and other remediation techniques that are acceptable and used by professionals in the industry.

Further analytical testing may be required to find additional hidden mold infestations in hidden areas not sampled or inspected; testing may be required for asbestos, lead paint, and other environmental hazards prior to remediation. The presence of such materials take precedence over mold remediation and removal of such regulated materials must be conducted in accordance with federal, state, provincial and local laws and regulations and require specific remediation protocols. The results of this analysis represent conditions only at the exact time and locations from where samples were taken. Thus, the report should not be relied on to represent conditions at any other location or date and does not imply that this property is free of contaminants in other areas.

INTERIOR MOLD INSPECTION

No destructive or disruptive testing or assessment will be performed unless contracted by client. Opening of walls, lifting of carpets, removal of ceiling panels, insulation, and vapor barriers will not be conducted unless contracted by client. The inspector will not check any area that poses a safety threat to the inspector such as walking on roofs. A roof inspector should be consulted in regard to any roof concerns. Attics and crawl spaces with low clearance may not be entered.  Client understands and agrees that inspection and testing can report only on problems that were present at the time of testing and inspection. The inspector cannot report on areas or locations in the building that have not been specifically inspected and tested. Appliances, furniture, office equipment, and other personal items are not moved during a non-invasive inspection.

AIR BORN MOLD SPORE SAMPLES  

Though spore sampling and lab report analysis are common and are often an extremely helpful tool, there is always some degree of uncertainty regarding analysis of samples and the conclusions we draw from them. Non-viable samples only allow for spore identification to the genus and not the species level; thus, comparison of levels of similar types of indoor and outdoor spore types is not exact. Some spores that are reported to be similar are not at always from the same species of mold, they may just look similar under the microscope. This is especially true for some small, round spores, such as aspergillus and penicillium spores. Viable sampling only allows for identification and enumeration of molds that germinated from live spores. Thus, many dead yet still allergenic spores may be missed in the lab results when using this methodology, resulting in low estimations of the number of actual spores present.

INNER WALL SPORE SAMPLES

Your inspector cannot guarantee that hidden mold in a wall can be found even with the aid of inner wall spore sampling as hidden mold may not be producing large numbers of spores during sampling or the spores, if produced, may not have access to the spore trap because insulation or wall studs may block the pathway between spores and spore trap. Even if inner wall spore levels are elevated, it does not guarantee that the mold producing it in the wall will be excessive enough to be visible when or if the wall is opened.

Such sampling is often a very helpful tool because mold hidden inside walls sometimes produce elevated spore levels that often show up during inner wall sampling. Mold levels in a wall may be high enough to produce mold odors, or may be implemented in health complaints, or may result in lab results showing elevated spore levels, however mold in that same wall may not have yet grown to levels where they would be visible to the unaided eye during remediation.

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