Mold Testing

Having fun in the attic. Is this mold, insulation, or something else? Only a mold test can say for sure.

Interested in the quality of the air you’re breathing?  If so, you should consider having a Mold Test done along with your Home Inspection.

If you decide to get a Mold Test, we’ll collect 3 samples- 1 from outside and 2 from inside.  The outside sample will serve as the “control” that the indoor samples will be compared to.  The idea here is that the mold spores collected indoors should ideally be no higher and of no different types than what was outdoors.

The samples will be sent to a lab where they will be analyzed for the type and amount of mold spores that were collected.

When completed, you’ll get a report that will indicate the quality of the air in the home at the time of inspection.  (Download a sample here.)  If the report indicates elevated mold spores, that means there’s excess moisture in the home that needs to be reduced or eliminated.

The cost of Mold Testing is $400.  (Not offered as a stand-alone service.  Only offered with inspection.)

Mold Information From The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Basic Mold Facts

The test results indicated elevated mold.  What do we do?  How do we clean it up?

How do we keep the mold from coming back?

Key EPA statements about mold:

  • In most cases, if visible mold growth is present, sampling is unnecessary. (The next point explains why.)
  • No EPA or other federal limits have been set for mold or mold spores. Sampling cannot be used to check a building’s compliance with federal mold standards (since there aren’t any).
  • It is impossible to get rid of all mold and mold spores indoors; some mold spores will be found floating through the air and in house dust.
  • If there is mold growth in your home, you must clean up the mold and fix the water problem. Mold spores will not grow if moisture is not present.

Bill Wilkinson

  • Certified Professional Inspector
  • InterNACHI Certified Mold Inspector
  • Mold Tester