Mold testing is necessary when you have questions regarding the air you breathe inside your home which is referred to as your indoor air quality. When an industrial hygienist or certified mold inspector starts their investigation they start with a personal interview to gather as much information regarding the potential problem as possible. Some questions would include have you had any leaks in your basement, ceilings, any problem with your gutters, any or any symptoms your family may have like headaches, runny nose or a cough just to name a few.
Next a physical inspection is necessary to see any possible causes of the problem. They will also check for any visible mold or mildew present. If you see viable mold it usually will indicate the mold will be producing spores. These spores become airborne, and when you inhale this can cause respiratory problem.
At this time air quality sample are taken and they are sent to a certified nationally recognized lab for analysis. Once the inspection is completed and the sample results are available the specialist will make a treatment protocol which will make recommendations on how to remediate the affected areas. The goal is to determine what cause the initial problem and to get the spore count to a healthy level. After all the remediation has been completed is the best practice to have a post clearance test done which involves taking additional air samples to ensure that your home is safe for you and your love ones to live in.