Mold & Mildew

Inspection and Testing

The purpose of our visit is to determine the type of molds present and the airborne concentrations compared with the outside air which is where all molds naturally occur.

The goal of microbial sampling is to help determine whether the spores present in a particular environment are affecting or causing irritation in certain individuals. Sampling is also used to locate the sources of indoor microorganisms and help facilitate remediation as necessary.

While we are typically surrounded by a wide variety of different microorganisms everyday, sampling provides us with a method to establish in a scientific way whether the environment in question contains more organisms than would normally be present.

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The spore trap (air-o-cell) is a unique sampling device specifically designed for the rapid collection and analysis of a wide range of airborne aerosols including mold spores, pollen, insect fragments and skin cell fragments. It is especially useful if fungal growth is not visible.

The only ingredient missing in any home or structure in order for mold to flourish is moisture. The time frame for mold growth is generally 24-48 hours from the time water is introduced to a substrate.

Our services will typically include the following:

  1. A visual non-invasive inspection will be done of the inside and outside of the location 
  2. Relative Humidity Check to see if the humidity is at recommended levels according to the EPA
  3. Thermal Imaging wall cavities check which will give moisture insight inside of wall cavities.
  4. Photographs of any suspect areas located during the onsite evaluation
  5. Air samples will be taken (inside &  outside, the outside air sample is taken so a baseline can be set as to what is natural for the area the inspection site is located)
  6. Lab Work to diagnose if there is a microbial problem
  7. Lab Report showing the findings of our sampling

Our testing services will include the site visit, sampling, lab testing and a final laboratory report of your analysis.  Reports are generally available within 72 hours but rush services are available if needed.

If necessary after testing, MMTS can write an official abatement plan if requested. This plan would be designed with ANSI IICRC S520, Standard and Reference Guide for Professional Mold Remediation as the guide to be used when conducting the recommended work. The plan would be supplied to the remediation contractor and/or insurance carrier in order for proper remedial work to be completed.