Our Mold Testing Service
Structure Tech offers two different mold services:
Mold screening can be conducted during the course of a home inspection when there is already a known or suspected mold issue. This may involve air sample testing or swab testing of suspected mold areas, and always includes a written report with our findings.
A mold inspection is conducted to help determine the following:
- The cause of known mold problems
- The extent of mold problems
- The steps needed to clean up and correct a mold problem
The value of a Mold Inspection is in the building science: what is the cause of the moisture and how can it be fixed? A lab report which simply identifies the quantities and types of mold will not do this. Mold inspections are also helpful to determine whether or not a mold problem exists. Mold inspections include the following steps:
- A pre-screening phone call to the occupant from our Mold Inspector
- A visual inspection of the exterior and interior including the attic, both looking and smelling for signs of moisture damage and/or mold growth.
- Take temperature and humidity readings inside.
- Inspect the heating, cooling, and ventilation systems for sources of concern.
- Investigating the cause of the moisture that led to mold growth
- Use of an infrared camera to help determine temperature anomalies that could lead to, or are caused by, moisture problems
- Moisture testing
- Mold spore trap sampling (air samples): 1 on the exterior as a baseline and 2 on the interior, with the locations to be determined by the inspector.
- Produce a written report with recommendations.
Our Mold Inspector, Neil Saltzman, is a Council-certified Residential Mold Inspector (CRMI), and has been in the construction industry since 1971, and has been testing for mold since 2007. Additionally, our staff teacher/trainer has a BS degree in Building Science from the University of Minnesota.
For more information about mold, please visit the Minnesota Department of Health website.