Mold Assessment and Testing
The following information gives and explains the purpose for a mold test and the scope of work, the steps involved in testing the property and any additional fees that may be necessary to perform a thorough inspection of the property.
Background & Purpose: High concentrations of any mold in a living or work environment can pose potential health problems. Common molds can cause some people to experience allergy symptoms such as a running nose or cough and may pose a higher risk for people with asthma or other allergy related conditions. Other molds may cause more severe problems such as lung irritations and fungal infections. A few highly toxic species of mold can cause severe nerve and skin reactions, and even death. If mold is present, it is important to find out what kind and how much.
Scope of Work: There are many kinds of tests and sampling procedures that can be performed to determine the type and concentration of mold spores present i.e.: swab sampling of visible mold growth, air sampling, carpet sampling and bulk sampling. If samples are taken, they are then forwarded to a laboratory where they are analyzed to distinguish the specific type of mold(s) present and any associated health concerns.
The Mold Survey is a Three step process
Step one: To visually inspect the home in areas where mold growth is common in an effort to document if “Red Flag” conditions are present i.e. discolored, hairy, or slimy surfaces, high humidity of air inside the home or from air duct discharge, musty odor, plumbing leaks, roof leaks, poor condensation drainage, HVAC problems, certain E.I.F.S. applications etc.
Step two: If an area(s) of suspect material can be seen by the inspector, then one swab sample will be collected at the location that appears to be most predominant. The sample will then be forwarded to a laboratory for analysis to confirm that the suspect material is mold and what type of mold. Recommendations in the “mold survey” are based upon the inspector’s findings and / or the lab report. (One swab analysis included with survey, if additional samples are requested, add $50.00 for each additional sample.)
Step three: Even If no visible mold is found two air samples will be taken. The first sample will be of outside air, as a control, and the second sample will be from the interior of the home, near the heating and air conditioning return. Both samples will then be sent to the lab for analysis. In the event of multiple HVAC systems, an additional air sample will be taken for each system at an additional cost of $50.00 per sample.
Risk: if “Red Flag” conditions are observed during the mold survey, then the inspector or testing laboratory may suggest additional “sampling” and / or other procedures in an effort to further reduce risk. Note: An Industrial Hygienist or an Indoor Air Quality Specialist should handle severe mold cases, sampling in commercial buildings and remediation specifications. *PLEASE VISIT WWW.EPA.GOV WEBSITE FOR DETAILED INFORMATION ON THE RISKS ASSOCIATED WITH MOLD.
Limitation of Liability: This mold survey should only be considered as a prudent and cost-effective first step in identifying the potential risk for mold but certainly will not eliminate the risk of mold. Mold conditions vary with time and moisture conditions and may not be present at the time of the inspection. Some mold conditions may exist but due to their location are concealed inside wall cavities or from the inspector’s view. If a sample is taken and the results are negative for mold, this is no GUARANTEE that MOLD doesn’t exist in other INACCESSIBILE areas of the home. American Inspection Service, Inc. and Agent(s) assume no liability (expressed or implied) beyond the cost of the mold survey for any undisclosed mold condition.
Third Party Liability: This inspection and the report provided are performed and prepared for the sole, confidential use and distribution of the CLIENT. The report and contents are the property of the inspector. The inspector assumes NO responsibility or liability to any third parties in connection with the inspection or the report. This report is non-transferable. The client agrees to indemnify and hold harmless the inspector for all cost; expenses and legal fees incurred and arising out of any legal proceedings brought forth by ANY third party who claims he/she relied upon representations made in this inspection and report and was damaged thereby.
Considering that mold affects everyone differently, your risk tolerance can only be determined by you. THE INSPECTOR CAN NOT MAKE THIS DECISION FOR YOU UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES.