Your indoor air quality is very important. Poor indoor air quality can have many negative health affects. Some health problems associated with poor air quality are fatigue, sinus problems and headaches.
Mold needs three things to grow, a surface, moister, and food. If there is a leak in your home it can start to grow mold in less than 48 hours.
During a mold inspection the inspector will be checking for any visible mold and possible water leaks. Some components of the home the inspector will be looking at are the roof, foundation, HVAC, plumbing, etc.
If there are signs of leaking water or visible mold then the mold inspector can do 3 types of mold testing. An air quality sample, surface sample or bulk sample can be collected for further evaluation.
Air quality samples- This type of mold test involves using a vacuum pump that takes a sample of air through a collection device. There is always a air sample done inside and outside for comparison. These samples are then sent to a lab for evaluation.
Surface samples- During this test the mold inspector will take a sample with a swab, which is sent to a lab for evaluation.
Bulk samples- If possible the mold inspector can take a bulk sample which is sent to a lab for evaluation. An example of a bulk sample is a piece of cut out drywall which has the presence of mold.
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