It’s an art form that truly doesn’t involve much skill, just knowledge.
With detecting mold in a building, you just need to know:
- What you are looking for
- Where to look
- What to do when you find what you are looking for
First, we need to define mold detection because here's the thing...
You are going to detect mold in just about every home or building.
Mold detection doesn't just refer to mean visually. It make require taking mold samples. But knowing when to take mold samples is needed.
The EPA states:
BlockquoteIn 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:
- An area got wet
- There is relative humidity over 60%
- A porous item to grow on
Without one of thise three mold will not randomly grow in your home or place of business.
When Is Mold Testing Necessary?
Mold sampling (either air sampling or direct sampling) is necessary during the following situations:
- There is known mold growth that cannot be removed in a timely matter (ex: due to money restraints, finding somebody available to do the work). Clients may want to know if the visible mold is affecting the indoor air quality within the home.
- To confirm remediation is necessary and to what extent. Removal of mold on water damaged areas may only be one particular part of the mold remediation process. Sanitization may need to be done thoroughout the home.
- Protect mold remediation companies from liability. Mold remediation companies and their clients may agree to bring in a third party mold assessment company to give their opinion.
- To establish a baseline. In order to determine if a building is free of a serious mold problem after mold remediation is completed, you need to determine the initial conditions in the first place.
- Documentation. Whether it be for a possible lawsuit or to submit a homeowner's insurance claim. A report from a licensed professional may be necessary.
- Help find any hidden mold growth. Mold sampling should never be soley relied on over a visual inspection, however, a high mold count in a certain area of the home can indicate there is a problem. Further investigation could be conducted to find the problem.
Mold Detection On A Budget
Hiring a professional mold inspection company may just not be in the cards for you.
Another alternative can be checking for mold yourself.
A visual inspection should be conducted by you first.
If you find any kind of staining, you should be 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.