Why all mold companies in Phoenix are NOT created equal
Most mold testing companies in Phoenix aren’t really “mold experts” and are what the experts refer to as “pump jockeys”. Pump jockeys are basically inspectors who take air samples then give you a report from a lab… and thats it. These inspectors provide no quality inspection, no sampling for MVOCs (we’ll get to those in a sec), no consult or interpretation of the lab data, and no solutions when issues are present/detected. In short, you’re left to yourself to make sense of it all and without a solution to any microbial issues you may have.
With that said, there is a lot more to a mold inspection than just taking an air sample or even combining an air sample with a visual inspection. To know what a “good” mold inspection entails, one must first understand about mold itself and how mold behaves. Mold is a natural part of the environment and is found everywhere. Most notably, mold needs two basic and key elements to thrive. Those two things are an organic food source and moisture. Other contributing factors are amount of available air, temperature, time, and lighting. Furthermore, molds produce spores and can produce MVOCs and mycotoxins. Spore and MVOC exposure is more common via inhalation whereas mycotoxin exposure is more common via ingestion. Understanding these basics help us better understand what our client’s needs are.
Mold inspectors who’ve earned ACAC credentials are well versed in mold inspections and testing. Our inspectors are ACAC certified with many years of experience inspecting and testing properties in Phoenix for mold.
Testing for MVOCs (microbial volatile organic compounds)
One thing setting us apart from other mold inspectors is we can sample for MVOCs and mycotoxin identification. So what are MVOCs? MVOCs stands for microbial volatile organic compounds. Technically speaking, Microbial Volatile Organic Compounds (MVOC’s) are composed of low molecular weight alcohols, aldehydes, amines, ketones, terpenes, aromatic and chlorinated hydrocarbons, and sulfur-based compounds, all of which are variations of carbon-based molecules. In addition, MVOC’s have a very low odor threshold, thus, making them easily detectable by smell. They often have strong odors and are responsible for the odious smells (“old cheese”, dirty socks” or “locker room”) associated with mold and bacterial growth.
Whats the significance to the presence of MVOCs inside a building (from an inspectors perspective)? Generally speaking, its one more “marker” chemical which may indicate a hidden mold problem that other methods of inspection may not have identified.
For more information about mold in your property call our office and speak with one of our board certified mold experts.