Mold Testing

So you think you have mold?

You may want to do mold inspection services of your home or business as a preventive measure or because you have an obvious problem, like a water leak, visual mold findings or health concerns.

Great Bay does comprehensive mold inspection services that include a complete visual analysis of the premises, moisture testing, leak detection, and a sample collection for laboratory analysis. This sampling includes both Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) testing and surface testing for harmful mold, allergens, and other contaminants.

Our goal is to customize the mold inspection services, mold testing and sampling to your needs.

Our pricing is completely up-front and includes all of the laboratory fees for the samples taken, a full report, which includes the inspector’s notes/recommendations, and, if necessary when problems are found, an estimate to remediate any areas that are found to have contamination.

What is a mold inspection?

A mold inspection is an evaluation of your property to determine if there is a mild to moderate mold growth or water damage that could pose a health risk or cause structural damage to a building. Testing of the air and surfaces around the property is conducted to scientifically confirm whether mold is present and, if so, what types of mold are present.

Why is mold testing included with a mold inspection?

Mold testing is the process of taking samples of the air or surfaces around a property. The samples are then sent to a laboratory for third-party confirmation of the presence of mold and what, if any, types of mold are present.

There are various types of mold that can grow in an indoor environment. Some mold can produce allergic reactions while others can release potentially harmful mycotoxins. Mycotoxins are poisonous (some considered toxic) byproducts of mold growth that can become airborne. Adverse health effects can result in humans or animals who inhale these toxic mycotoxin spores into their nasal passages, throat or lungs, or when they come into contact with their skin.

When should a mold inspection be conducted?

A mold inspection can either be precautionary _ you don't suspect mold to be present in your home, but want to be sure _ or warranted, a situation has occurred that could mean mold is growing or could grow. Often the situation is a water damage event or health-related concern.

If any water damage situation has occurred, it is recommended that a mold inspection be conducted. Water damage could be something as seemingly small as a slow leak under a sink to a major household flood.

When an area of the floor, carpet, wall, cabinet, ceiling or other part of a property becomes soaked with water or sewage, mold can quickly become a problem. Mold growth can begin within 48 hours of a water damage event.

Situations where there is no known water damage, but mold is suspected:

  • Visual mold growth is seen somewhere in the property.
  • Musty or moldy smell is detected in one or more areas of the property.
  • Long-term, unexplained medical conditions are being experienced by occupants of the property.
  • Short-term health effects are experienced when inside the property. Symptoms can include allergy or cold/flu symptoms, asthma, runny or stuffy nose, wheezing, coughing, chest pain, lung infection, nasal inflammation and other similar maladies.
  • Unusual stains that could have resulted from mold growth or from water damage.

Contact us today to learn more about mold inspections.