Inspecting for Mold in Raleigh
Blueberry Inspections is IAC2 certified and qualified to perform a thorough and accurate mold inspection in your home. We will identify all possible problems with mold contamination at any given site which is the first and most important step to inspecting your home for mold contamination.
Our goals in conducting a mold inspection are to:
- Identify the source of mold contamination
- Identify the condition that may be leading to microbial growth.
- Detect and sample the presence of mold.
Locating Mold in the Home
Locating the potential problem areas in your home or business is the first step. To do this, we will search for signs of mold growth, including mold that may be growing on your walls, as well as for signs of moisture hidden behind your walls. Signs of moisture include water spots on the walls, excessive condensation on your windows, window leaks, uneven foundation, clogged gutters, or gaps and cracks in the exterior of the property.
Visual Inspection of the Home
We conduct a visual inspection of all the ventilation systems, as well as the air conditioning and heating units. We are mainly looking for dampness in filters, but we are also looking for any damp areas in other parts of the system, while also doing a check for general cleanliness. After a thorough visual check of the potential problem areas for the growth of mold as well as for evidence of moisture, we then will pinpoint the cause and put together a game plan for remediation.
Gather Mold Samples for the Lab
To do this, we will take swabs samples as well as air samples from those areas where we have discovered the growth of mold. However, we will always be mindful that with the use of ventilation systems, heating systems, air conditioning systems, and fans, cross-contamination can still be a concern. For example, airborne mold spores on the second floor have the potential for traveling to the first floor through ducts and vents.
Mold Inspection Report
Once we have gathered all the required data needed, we will send the swab and air samples to the laboratory for scientific analysis. When we have the lab results in our hands, we will show those reports to you and explain the results so that you have an understanding as well, while providing you with a detailed report describing all of our findings, and giving you recommendations for mold remediation.
Mold needs these conditions before it can begin to grow in a home:
A food source (eg wood, drywall, cotton)
Darkness (mold can't grow under ultraviolet light)
Warmth 40° to 100° (mold can't grow in freezing temperatures)
Moisture (eg water leaks, humidity)
Enough time (most molds can begin to grow in 24-48 hours if the conditions are right)