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To confirm if it is toxic mold, get a Mold Inspection
Sometimes mold concealed behind furniture can go unnoticed. Is it mold?
Roof leaks and poor ventilation can lead to mold growth in the attic areas
Mold can be concealed in wall cavities as seen in this illustration
Mold spores in the air can have many serious effects on your health
Mold Inspections & Indoor Air Quality Testing
Mold Testing and Indoor Air Quality Testing is conducted when our clients have a concern or suspicion of mold in the home. Sometimes mold is discovered during a standard Home Inspection. Mold Inspections entail a thorough examination of the property's interior and exterior to identify entry points for moisture intrusion into the home. If we determine or suspect that there is a moisture problem in the home, Mold Testing & Indoor Air Quality Testing can be conducted to collect samples for laboratory testing and analysis. Samples are analyzed for the presence of mold and the particular species to determine whether or not the mold may be toxic.
Laboratory results are obtained the next day from PRO-LAB located in Vaughan.
Laboratory Analysis includes the following types of testing:
Air Sampling - Involves taking samples of the air inside and outside of the home. A minimum of two samples are required for Indoor Air Quality Testing. The first sample is taken outside of the home as a control sample to measure mold spores in the air that enters the home. A second sample is taken in a common area of inside of the home for comparison to the outside air sample. Lab results determine if mold spores inside the home are elevated in comparison to the outside air. Additionally, the outside air sample may indicate if there is a mold growth problem outside of the house which may affect the indoor air quality of the home.
Wall Cavity Air Sampling - Involves testing for mold spores hidden inside wall cavities. A tube is inserted into the drywall and an air sample is taken for laboratory analysis.
Swab Testing for Mold - This type of sample is taken when mold is visible. Mold that is visible may be particularly dangerous because it may be toxic and it can be touched by individuals and can end up on clothing and in the air. The swab is analyzed for the type of mold or fungi that is visible.
Tape Lift Sampling - Mold can grow on various surfaces where swabbing may be more difficult. A specially designed tape made for laboratory analysis is used to lift samples off certain surfaces and placed on a slide made for microscopes and placed in a sealed air-tight container for lab analysis.
Carpet Sampling - A vacuum pump especially designed for carpet sampling is used to collect samples from selected carpeted areas to determine if there is mold growth. The specially designed cartridge is sent to the lab for analysis.
Lead and Asbestos Testing - Samples can be analyzed to confirm if they contain lead or asbestos.
In many cases, mold may be concealed due to a lack of visible conditions, requiring a limited sample analysis (air sampling) as a precautionary measure.
Not all mold is hazardous to your health, however some forms of mold can be toxic and can have serious health consequences. It is of vital importance to take precaution to limit exposure to mold in the home. Health consequences include irritation of the lungs, various allergic reactions, problems with the eyes, skin and nose.
Mold also damages the home and property. The longer mold is allowed to grow, the more it will damage your home. Most mold problems can be fixed. Early detection is the key to avoiding costly future repairs and more importantly, protecting your health.
If you have concerns about mold or if you suspect there is mold in the home, a certified Mold Inspector can provide you with the results you need to know to protect your health and your biggest investment.
Our mold inspection service is discreet and confidential. We use an unmarked vehicle and wear plain clothes prior to entering the property. You can rest assured that there will be no discomfort or embarrassment about the potential of neighbours or any other parties becoming aware of a suspected mold problem. Your comfort and confidence in our service is a top priority for us.
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