Mold Testing Scottsdale, AZ
A thorough mold inspection will often include mold testing. There are a few ways to test for mold. The two most common ways to test for mold are by taking air samples and surface samples. Air samples identify spore types and amount of spores in the air. Air sampling for mold is done by a calibrated pump which drawls air into a cassette that is connected to the end of a plastic tube. The sample is collected at a certain rate of air per minute. Inside the sample cassette is a slide which collects the particulates in the air passing by it. The slide is then looked at under a microscope by a lab technician.
Surface samples identify what’s on a surface. There are two main ways to collect surfaces samples. The first is with a swab. A sterile swab, with appropriate buffer solution, is used to collect and transport a specimen after it is rubbed over a suspect area. The second is a tape lift sample. A clear piece of tape is used to collect the spores by applying the sticky side to the suspect area and then placing the specimen into a ziplock type bag.
Both air and surface methods of sampling paint two separate environmental pictures. There are also pros and cons to both. Our Scottsdale mold inspector will determine which method best suits your situation.
How do you know if you are in need of testing services? The answer to that question is really all based on your concern level and budget.
A few reasons why testing for mold may be worth considering
- Musty odor inside with no visual signs of mold or water damage
- Allergy like symptoms only in the home or in a specific area of the home
- While in the property you get headaches, dizziness, or asthma attacks (this may be something more serious – a doctor should be consulted also if these are symptoms you are having)
- Visual mold and you want to know what kind it is and if it is “air-borne”
- You just had mold removal done and want to know if it was done right
- You are buying or selling a property
- You are renting a property
- Visual signs of water damage but no surface mold and want to know what is lurking behind door number 1
A few things to know before hiring a Mold Testing Company in Scottsdale, AZ
- Ask how long the company has been in business
- Ask what credentials the company has
- If the company is new, ask how long the individual coming to test your home has been in the industry
- Ask if the company or individual also provides mold removal services. If they do, it is recommended to use a company that just provides testing and inspection services to avoid any conflicts of interest
- Ask if they are insured and/or bonded then follow up on that information. You can ask for a copy of their insurance certificate to verify
- Ask for pricing details upfront and if there is a trip charge whether or not they take samples
Carity IAQ Solutions meets all of the criteria mentioned and will provide quality mold testing and inspection services to all Scottsdale residents. Many Scottsdale residents think mold is not a problem. This is mostly because of the hot and dry climate. That couldn’t be further from the truth. Microbial problems in Scottsdale are actually quite common. This is because mold is a natural part of the environment. There are already more than a handful of spores floating around your home and outdoors. Mold is needed to breakdown organic matter.
Three main things spores need to thrive:
- Organic food source
Add a dark warm spot and give it some time and you now have the perfect storm for an indoor mold problem. Mold testing companies are also inspection companies. Carity IAQ Solutions can provide both services.
Mold Inspection Scottsdale, AZ
Three main inspection tools used to locate mold growth are:
- Moisture Meters
- Thermal Image Cameras
Believe it or not, the nose is also a good tool one could use to identify a possible mold problem. These problems often are accompanied by a musty odor and are a good indicator to inspect further if the concern is there. The naked eyes are also a good tool. Mold is a direct result of water damage or an ongoing moisture problem.
Common signs of water damage:
- Water stains
- Swelling in structural materials (cabinet panels, baseboards, laminate flooring, etc)
- Buckled hardwood or sub flooring
- Heavy rusting
- Bubbling or leaching of paint
- Damaged/cracked shower or tub tiles
Whatever your concern may be, Carity IAQ Solutions can inspect and/or test for microbial growth and help you come up with a remediation plan should you have a mold problem. Call one us today for more information about mold inspection and testing services offered in Scottsdale, AZ.