Mold Inspection & Testing
Our Primary Goal
At Genesis Home Restorations, our primary goal is to provide a healthy indoor environment for you and your family. If you suspect you may have a mold issue, our first step is to carry out a thorough Mold Inspection and Air Quality Testing.
When you call us, we will discuss any concerns you have: be that black mold, white mold, a musty odor, ongoing health issues, or something else. We will then schedule a time for our highly trained and experienced service technicians to inspect your property.
During the Mold Inspection, we use technical equipment such as moisture & humidity meters, and thermal imaging cameras to determine whether there are any ongoing leaks, areas that are retaining moisture, or particularly damp areas that could be encouraging ongoing mold growth.
Using your observations of any mold growth or water intrusion issues as a starting point, we will carry out a comprehensive inspection throughout the property to determine the location, source, and cause of any mold issues.
Coupled with our visual inspection, we highly recommend Air Quality testing to determine the extent of any mold issue within your home. Testing the Air in your home for mold spores will show us not only what types of mold we are dealing with, but the extent to which they have sporulated and become airborne, and which areas of the home need to be addressed for mold contamination. Treating only the surface growth and not airborne mold spores can leave you vulnerable to [a recurrent mold growth issue].
Air Quality Testing
The only definitive way to determine which genera of mold are present, and to what degree of severity, is through professional laboratory testing. What is commonly referred to as ‘Black Mold’, the genus Stachybotrys Chartarum, can present in a range of colors. Similarly, many different mold types can also produce a black-colored growth. Stachybotrys Charatarum and Chaetomium are the two most hazardous mold types and require more pervasive treatment than common mold types such as Aspergillus or Penicillium. [Click here to read more about Black Mold]
To test the Air Quality for airborne mold spores, we take a 75-liter sample of the air over 5 minutes. The air is pulled through a capture cell, where any mold spores present are trapped. This sample is then sent off to our third-party laboratory partner, [Eurofins EMLab P&K], for independent testing. Depending on the size of the property, we will usually take several samples: one close to the location of any surface growth that is found; one in a central location of the home; and an outside sample to act as a baseline comparison. If your home has several levels, we may take a sample on each floor. As basements are often the area within a home that has the highest humidity and risk for leaks, this is the most common area for us to find mold growth. It is important for us to test other floors, though, to determine whether airborne spores have spread, as HVAC systems are usually located in this area and pull air – and potentially airborne mold spores – in which can lead to cross-contamination of these other areas.
When we receive your test results from our laboratory, we compile them along with the findings from our inspection to provide you with a detailed and thorough Inspection Report. If our findings and the Air Quality test results show that the mold growth and airborne mold spores are isolated to one area of the home, then we will recommend that only those affected areas need to be remediated. If we find sources of physical mold growth or elevated levels of airborne mold spores on multiple levels, we will recommend that a full-home treatment is carried out. If there are no visible signs of mold growth, no indicators for possible future mold growth, and no elevated levels of airborne mold spores, then we will provide you with some tips and recommendations for keeping your home healthy.