It’s an art form that truly doesn’t involve much skill, just knowledge.
When detecting mold in a building, you need to know:
First, we need to define mold detection because here's the thing...
You are going to detect some sort of mold in just about every home or building.
Mold detection doesn't just refer to visually. It may require taking mold samples. But knowing when to take mold samples is needed.
In most cases, if visible mold growth is present, sampling is unnecessary.
But your job doesn't stop there. Were did the mold come from? That is the question that you will need to answer.
Mold detection not only consists of finding mold but determining a water source. There are three different conditions for mold to grow:
Mold sampling (either air sampling or direct sampling) is necessary during the following situations:
Hiring a professional mold inspection company may just not be in the cards for you.
Another alternative can be checking for mold yourself. I must warn you, you may need proper personal protective equipment (PPE)
A visual inspection should be conducted by you first.
If you find any kind of staining, you should get yourself a moisture meter to measure the water content in the area. Keep in mind, certain moisture meters are only good for certain building materials (ex: wood moisture meter, concrete moisture meter etc.).
If you wanted to do your own mold sampling, you can get yourself a My Mold Detective sampling pump. It is the same technology used by licensed mold professionals to test both the air quality as well direct mold sampling in your home.