Mold? It’s too dry in Colorado for mold? FALSE! Mold can grow anywhere moisture is present. If an area has had water damage, such as a leak in a roof, pipes burst, or flooding in the basement there is a risk of mold growth. Mold can grow inside walls, ceiling, under the carpet, in furniture, or any area that met flooding water. Once mold growth has occurred it can release spores into the air. Mold that is not properly cleaned, contained, or removed can cause health issues in many ways.
Testing for Mold
Typical Mold inspection will include a non-viable air and surface sampling. Base inspections consist of 1 sample outside the home for the control sample and a minimum of 2 samples indoor. Additional samples may be suggested depending on the size of the home and the presence of mold in the house.
Surface sampling is collected with tape lift or swab media. If visible suspect mold growth is present and can be seen Certified IAQ will take a surface sample to determine if mold growth is present.
We are an ACAC certified CMI (Certified Microbial Investigator). We will do a thorough inspection of basements, crawlspaces, and all levels of the home to determine if mold is present. If suspected mold growth is visible in an area or water damage in an area, additional sampling will be collected to determine what type of mold it is and if the mold is affecting the air quality.
Contact Reliable Professionals
Once testing is complete and the lab has analyzed the samples, Certified IAQ will provide the client with a report of the results and recommendations for follow-up. Our goal as certified professionals is to keep your home safe. We are efficient and do everything we can to improve your indoor air quality.
We offer free consultations to give you the resources you need to protect your home. Call us today at 303-995-7015 for your Mold Testing and Remediation Services.
Frequently asked Questions
You can clean up small areas of mold yourself, however, it is always better to hire a certified mold removal company to remove the mold and set up contamination so it doesn't spread through the air of the house.
Once a mold spore has settled in your home they feed off the moisture to begin growing. Mold requires moisture, nutrients (such as cellulose), and time to grow. Mold can grow on wood, ceiling tiles, wallpaper, paints, carpet, drywall, and insulation. If you have excess moisture in the home or water damage they are feeding grounds for mold. The only way to prevent mold growth is to control the moisture in the home.
There are home test kits that you can use to test, however, they are not very accurate. Mold spores are always in the air and unless a spore lands in the dish it will not tell you much. Hiring a Certified Inspector is the best way to determine if you have mold in your home. At Certified IAQ the test samples are taken with a vacuum pump that pulls air into the container for testing in the room where mold may be present and other areas of the home. We also take an outside sample for comparison.