We offer mold testing from Nephi to Ogden and Park City to Tooele. Your mold sample will be taken by a qualified inspector. We offer the following:
Residential and business mold screening
Mold air sampling
Mold service sampling
Post mold Cleanup testing/screening
HOW MOLD TESTING WORKS:
Mold Air Sampling is used to determine the presence of possible hidden molds or verify suspected moldy areas:
Outdoor baseline air sample must be collected as all home have a natural level of molds draw indoor from outside.
Indoor air samples are collected to test for the presence of mold spores. (One sample per aprox. 700 sq. feet).
Samples are sent to a accredited laboratory for analysis and a very detailed lab report is emailed 1-2 business days later.
The highly detailed lab report will break down all types of molds detected and the associated spore counts, allowing you to determine if there a danger in your home.
Mold Surface Sampling is used to verify if a suspected visible discolored area or areas is mold or not.
A special swab or tape lift sampling device is used on the suspected area or areas to sample for mold.
The sampling device is sent to as accredited lab for analysis and a detailed report is emailed showing if the sampled areas contain mold and if so, what types of mold are present.
There is a two sample minimum on all surface mold sampling, unless done in conjunction with air sampling.
QUESTION & ANSWER:
Why is mold growing in my home?
Molds are part of the natural environment. Outdoors, molds play a part in nature by breaking down dead organic matter such as fallen leaves and dead trees. Indoors, mold growth should be avoided. Molds reproduce by means of tiny spores; the spores are invisible to the naked eye and float through outdoor and indoor air. Mold may begin growing indoors when mold spores land on surfaces that are wet. There are many types of mold, and none of them will grow without water or moisture.
Can mold cause health problems?
Molds are usually not a problem indoors, unless mold spores land on a wet or damp spot and begin growing. Molds have the potential to cause health problems. Molds produce allergens, irritants, and in some cases, potentially toxic substances.
Allergic reactions to mold are common and include hay fever-type symptoms, such as sneezing, runny nose, red eyes, and skin rash. Molds can also cause asthma attacks in people with asthma who are allergic to mold.
How do I get rid of mold?
It is impossible to get rid of all mold and mold spores indoors, but indoor mold growth can be controlled by controlling moisture indoors. If there is mold growth in your home, you must clean up the mold and also fix the water problem. If you clean up the mold, but don't fix the water problem, the mold problem most likely will return.
Who should do the cleanup?
If the moldy area is less than about 10 square feet, you can probably handle the job yourself. However:
If there has been a lot of water damage, and/or mold growth covers more than 10 square feet, consult the EPA's Mold Remediation in Schools and Commercial Buildings. Although focused on schools and commercial buildings, this document is applicable to other building types.
If you choose to hire a contractor (or other professional service provider) to do the cleanup, make sure the contractor has experience cleaning up mold. Check references and ask the contractor to follow the EPA's Mold Remediation guidelines, or the guidelines of the American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists.
If you suspect that the heating/ventilation/air conditioning (HVAC) system may be contaminated with mold, consult the EPA's Should You Have the Air Ducts in Your Home Cleaned? before taking further action. Do not run the HVAC system if you know or suspect that it is contaminated with mold - it could spread mold throughout your home.
If the water and/or mold damage was caused by sewage or other contaminated water, then call in a professional who has experience cleaning and fixing buildings damaged by contaminated water.
If you have health concerns, consult a health professional before starting cleanup.