Mold Inspection & testing
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Mold Inspection & Testing in the Houston Area
Houston is a damp, muggy city. It has the third highest average relative humidity in the country, at 75%. Houston is also plagued by extreme weather, regularly drenched by hurricanes and floods.
We all love the Houston area, but its weather conditions are a hotbed for mold infestations. If you require professional mold inspection or testing, look no further than the professionals at Air Quality Express.
When Should You Get a Professional Mold Inspection?
If you can spot visible mold growth in your home, you’ve already conducted your own mold inspection! Otherwise, there are many circumstances in which you would want to hire professional mold inspectors, including:
Moldy Smell Without Visible Mold Growth
If you smell, but cannot see, mold, a professional mold inspection is necessary to determine the location of the growth.
Water Leaks and Mold Growth
Unless you’ve managed to thoroughly clean and dry a water leak within 24-48 hours, you will likely experience mold proliferation. And if it’s the result of faulty or burst pipes, unseen mold growth is virtually guaranteed.
Extreme Weather Patterns
All too common in the Houston area, if you have experienced flooding, you are certainly experiencing a mold infestation. This can happen even if you haven’t experienced flooding in your house. Previously unnoticed cracks in your residence can cause mold proliferation in areas you don’t see.
When Should You Get a Professional Mold Test?
A professional mold test is useful for documenting the presence of mold in certain situations, including:
Unexplained Respiratory Issues
Health issues such as coughing, sneezing, headaches, fatigue, a sore throat, or itchy eyes or skin are disruptive to everyday life. If you have already ruled out a cold or other allergic reactions, you may be experiencing a sensitivity to mold spores contaminating your home.
Mold Inspection for Real Estate Transactions
One of the many things required in a home transaction is a professional mold inspection. This ensures that both parties are confident in the absence of mold in the home.
Mold in Unoccupied Buildings
If your residence has been unoccupied for a long period of time, extensive mold infestation and damage can occur. This is more likely if the building has not been properly ventilated.
Disputes with a Landlord
Texas is one of six states in which the landlord has the legal obligation to guarantee the “implied warranty of habitability”. If a landlord refuses to address a mold concern in a timely fashion, the resident has a couple of options. The first option is to withhold rent until the occupancy can be deemed habitable. The other is to deduct the cost of any mold inspection and remediation from their monthly rent payments.
How is Mold Inspection Performed?
When you schedule a mold inspection, Air Quality Express sends out a professional mold inspector to identify the damage. Our inspectors will observe your home the following ways:
One of the more obvious signs of extensive mold damage is a lingering smell. You may not notice it because you are used to your home environment. However, our mold inspectors will pick up on the smell right away.
Signs of Water Damage
You can see for yourself where water has damaged surfaces in your home. But you may not see everywhere the water damage has affected. Our mold inspectors will trace the visible damage throughout the house to identify every affected surface.
Visible Mold Growth
If you can see mold growing on surfaces in your home, there is likely more mold underneath. Inspectors will get underneath surface materials to determine the extent of mold growth.
Laboratory Mold Testing
In addition to mold inspection, our technicians collect samples for laboratory testing with various methods, including:
Using an impaction sampler, we collect mold spores from the air and impact them onto a microscope slide for testing. We also use test kits that can determine the saturation of mold spores in the air.
Bulk Mold Sampling
A piece of visibly infected material (such as carpet or drywall) is cut away and bagged for testing.
A cotton swab is swiped across a surface suspected to contain mold, and sent to a laboratory for testing.
Similar to the swab sampling, a piece of tape is applied to a surface suspected of mold growth. The tape is then lifted to remove the mold from testing.
What to do After Mold Inspection & Testing
After you’ve had your home tested for mold growth, we send the samples we’ve collected to an accredited laboratory. They will determine the mold species we are dealing with and how much damage it has caused.
Depending on the lab results, we will advise you what is the next step to take and if a mold remediation and damage repair is necessary.
Air Quality Express has over ten years of experience eradicating mold infestations in the Houston area. Call us at (832) 781-0105 and schedule a mold test or inspection today!