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How To Do Your Own Mold Inspection and Testing

Mold Inspection Techniques. Mold expert Phillip Fry defines Mold Inspection as a "thorough physical examination of a building by a Certified Mold Inspector or by the property owner, manager, or tenant to find and locate visual and hidden mold growth and water problems that enable mold spores to grow into mold colony infestations. Mold inspection also includes mold testing and mold laboratory analysis of collected mold samples and samplings, including the use of do it yourself mold test kits.  Certified mold inspection and mold tests are often necessary to file a mold insurance claim and to know precisely where to do mold remediation in the building."

The following are steps for a thorough black mold toxic home inspection for mold:

First Step:
The first step is to hire a qualified, trained, and experienced
Certified Mold Inspector (CMI), or to make the decision to do your own mold inspection as the property owner, manager or tenant.

Second Step:
The second step is for either the
Certified Mold Inspector or the property owner,  manager, or tenant to do a thorough physical examination of the home or other real estate building for evidence of possible water problems or mold infestation. The Certified Mold Inspector or the property owner, manager, or tenant should thoroughly check the following areas: 

      1. Do any of the home residents or building occupants suffer from any of the most frequent general mold health symptoms listed at:
Mold Symptoms? If so, you need to be very thorough in both mold inspection and mold testing of the home and workplaces of the residents to find the possible mold cause of their health problems.

      2. Shrubs, trees, and other plants growing close to the home or building. Too many trees too close to the building protect mold growth from the killing effect of ultraviolet sun light. In addition, dead leaves and plants provide food to enable mold to grow; growing mold creates airborne mold spores to enter the building through open windows and doors.

      3. Is the land around the building sloping away from the building [thus carrying rainfall and snow melt away from the building] or toward the building [thus bringing excess water to the building and causing possible water intrusion into the building's foundation, concrete slabs, and basement walls]?

      4. Is the roof in good repair [such as good shingles and no cracks or holes in flashings around plumbing vent pipes, air conditioning units, etc.]?

      5. In the attic, are their water stains or mold growth on the under side of the roof decking, the roof joists, the attic floor, and on and beneath insulation? Mold cannot eat fiberglass insulation, but it can eat the paper backing of such insulation, and mold can also eat and grow on organic dirt deposited onto the fiberglass strands. 

      6. Are there physical signs or evidence of water intrusion or mold growth anywhere in water-oriented rooms such as bathrooms, the kitchen, and the laundry room? Be very thorough in inspecting and testing for bathroom mold, kitchen mold, utility room mold, and laundry room mold.

      7. Are their water stains, water damage areas, or suspicious discolorations of any other rooms' ceilings, walls, floors, and furniture that would indicate the need to test for ceiling mold, wall mold, floor mold, living room mold, closet mold, dining room mold, bedroom mold, or, in other areas, attic mold, crawl space mold, basement mold, storage room mold,  or garage mold?

      8. Is there hidden water moisture inside wall cavities, beneath floors, above ceilings, or behind ceramic tiles of bathroom walls, tubs and showers? Your
Certified Mold Inspector will use his or her hidden moisture meter to test non-invasively [no holes required] such surfaces. The property owner, manager, or tenant can buy his own moisture meter.

      9. Has the property ever experienced roof leaks, water leaks, floods, or other water problems and water intrusions? If so, pay particular attention to inspecting and mold testing building areas that experienced such past or present water intrusions. Your
Certified Mold Inspector can use his or her fiber optics inspection device to inspect for mold growth and water problems inside walls, above ceilings, and beneath floors. The property owner, manager, or tenant can buy his own affordable fiber optics inspection tool at Mold Mart.

      10. Is the humidity level of the crawl space, basement, attic, or any room of the building higher than seventy percent (70%) humidity some or all of the time? Humidity levels above 70% in any area of the home can provide sufficient moisture to enable mold to grow!!! Your
Certified Mold Inspector will use a digital hygrometer to test each area of your home or building. You can buy your own low-cost hygrometer in the thermometer section of a large hardware or home improvement store.

       11. Are there elevated levels of unhealthy mold spores in the air of the attic, crawl space, basement, and the various rooms of the home or other building? Are the levels of mold spores indoors greater than outside levels, and/or different as to the types of mold species present? Your
Certified Mold Inspector will use use a variety of mold testing techniques to collect mold air samples both indoors and outdoors [called outdoor control test]. The various best mold sampling techniques and technologies are: 

(a) do it yourself
mold test kit culture plates upon which airborne mold settles onto after stirring up the air in the room with a disinfected fan for 15 minutes to 30 minutes;

(b) controlled air testing impactors that use an air pump to draw in and impact airborne mold spores onto the sticky surface of a mold culture plate; 

(c) direct sampling of visually-noticeable mold growth through scraping of the suspect mold substance into a mold culture plate, or Scotch tape lift tape sampling, or actually cutting and saving a piece of what the suspect mold is growing on or in such as drywall, wood, carpeting, etc.

      12. Is there mold contamination inside the building's heating, ventilating, and air conditioning sysem (hvac), and/or hvac ducts?  Your
Certified Mold Inspector will tape mold culture plates [sticky surface facing inward] onto at least one air supply register grill of each zone of your hvac system, and then run the hvac system for 15 minutes to impact possible mold infestation spores onto the sticky surface of the mold culture plates.

      13. Have your collected mold samples grown for 5 to 7 days and then accurately identified as to mold species and mold colony counts by a well-qualified mold laboratory such as represented by Mold MartFor information on how to send your collected mold samples, please visit:
Mold Laboratory and Identification.

If you have mold inspection questions, please email to mold expert Phillip Fry
Mold Consultant at phil@moldinspector.com.
 

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Do-It-Best-Yourself Mold Solutions

Mold Expert Phillip Fry can help you fix your own property’s mold problems at low-cost, more safely, and better-in- results than what is done by many mold inspectors and mold contractors.  How can Phil help you?

     1. Read Phil’s five plain-English,
mold advice books to master mold inspection, testing, removal, remediation, and prevention for your house, condo, apartment, office,  or workplace. Read Fry client testimonials.

     2. Buy do-it-yourself, affordable
mold test kits, mold lab analysis, video inspection scope, mold cleaner, mold killer, and a mold-killing ozone generator for the  successful toxic and household mold inspection, mold testing, mold species identification and quantification, mold cleaning, mold removal, and mold remediation to find mold, kill mold, clean mold, and remove mold from your residence or commercial building.

     3. Get FREE mold advice, mold help, and/or answers to your mold questions, by emailing mold expert Phillip Fry at
envirodangers@yahoo.com. You can also email pictures of your mold problems in jpeg file format as email attachments.

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