MP&R Construction
PO Box 30954 - Memphis, TN 38130
Office #: 901-363-1350 FAX: 901-363-1351

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Mold Inspections & Testing

Nearly all chronic sinus infections ( afflicting 37 million Americans)
are a result of molds. (Source: Mayo Clinic Study)

A 300% increase in the asthma rate over the past 20 years has been
linked to molds. (Source: USA Today Cover)
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MP&R will provide the following services to client:

  1. Visually inspect the subject property, checking for water damage and mold infestation. In doing such visual inspection, the inspector will use, when applicable, a moisture meter, fiber optics, and\or hygrometer.

  2. Provide mold tests described above through an independent and certified laboratory, whose results will be directly available to the client.

  3. Provide a written report of the inspector's visual observation and an explanation of the laboratory results.

  4. Provide a mold remediation protocol.

  5. Provide mold remediation if required.

Mold Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Why should I ask to have an inspection done?
A: There are many reasons why you may decide to have your home or business inspected for mold:

  • You smell mold, but you do not see it anywhere. An experience mold inspector will sample for hidden mold sources (such as wall and ceiling cavities). This will help determine what level of remediation, if any, is necessary.

  • Before you purchase a house or investment property, you will want to identify if mold is a pre-existing issue. Mold remediation can be expensive, and if it is required you will want to consider that additional cost before the sale is closed.

  • Mold remediation work has been performed and you want to make sure that this process was done correctly. MP&R will thoroughly inspect the remediated area(s).  Preferably this will be done while walls and ceilings remain open, before flooring is replaced and prior to new building materials are put in place.  Mold may not be visible, yet still exist, if remediation was not done successfully.

"Clearance Testing" will give you piece of mind that your money was well spent and that the mold was cleaned according to industry standards. Most importantly you will know the mold contamination has been removed.

Q: Do I have to have a professional come, or can I test for mold myself?
A: Only professionals who have experience with mold issues and are familiar with current guidelines should test for mold. Since mold is found everywhere, only a professional is trained to identify' if the levels in your home or business are "normal", or if professional work is needed to remove a mold contamination problem.

Q: How do I know if the mold in my home is toxic?
A: Web sites and media articles will often use the terms "toxic mold" or "toxic black mold". This is largely a marketing strategy - a scare tactic designed to encourage you to make financial decisions that may not even be necessary. In fact, most molds are toxic to some extent and many are black. There is one variety of particular concern; Stachybotrys. About 30% of the strains of this species produce abundant mycotoxins and are reportedly more potent than other types of mold. A few species/strains of Aspergillus and several others can be nearly as dangerous. Ingesting mold in contaminated foods has been shown to poison people and may even cause cancer. Of further concern is mold contamination found around the home in areas in which children could have access. It is important that young children do not put items in their mouths if there is a chance of mold, especially if it is Stachybotrs or Aspergillus. The main thing to remember is that many molds are toxic, and once you know you have a mold problem all molds need to be removed to minimize exposure risk. The type of mold has no bearing on the remediation process. All mold contamination needs to be removed, regardless of the type.

Q: When Do I need to test for mold?
A: Generally, whenever you suspect that your property bas a. mold problem, whether it is visible or not, the first step is to schedule an inspection to confirm your suspicion.  The following scenarios are good indicators for a possible mold problem that requires a thorough investigation and a mold inspection:

  1. After a flood or a water damage event.

  2. When you detect unusual stains on building materials, furniture or any other household goods. 

  3. When you detect mold and smell a musty or earthy odors but cannot detect any visible growth.

  4. When you find signs for a leak that that is suspected to be ongoing for more than 24 hours or if you find standing water.

  5. In the event that occupants of a home or business experience long-term medical conditions that can not be related to a known medical cause.

  6. Whenever you want to determine if mold is growing in your home or business.

Q: How Fast Do I Get the Lab Results Back?
A: Usually results arrive after two business days. Faster lab turnaround is available for additional fees. Once we receive the information from the lab, we will contact you via telephone as soon as possible to discuss the results.  We will also follow up with our written report usually within 5 business days. A sample Mold Report is available online.

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Mold Allergies & Health Effects

In what ways can I be exposed to mold?

When moldy materials becomes damaged or disturbed, spores are released into the air. Exposure can occur if you inhale the spores, directly handle moldy materials, or accidentally ingest the mold. Certain molds produce chemicals called mycotoxins (myco = fungus. toxin = harmful or poisonous substance) and mold volatile organic compounds (irritating chemicals released into the air = "musty odor"). These may cause illnesses in individuals sensitive to the chemicals or who are immunocomprised. or who have become sensitive after long-term exposure to mold.

Can mold affect my health?

Under normal circumstances, most mold types and levels are not harmful to healthy individuals. However, when molds grow indoors, their numbers increase to levels that can become harmful. Long term exposure to mold may cause or worsen conditions such as asthma, hay fever, or other allergies. The most common symptoms of mold exposure are cough, chest or sinus congestion, runny nose, eye irritations, aggravation of asthma, chronic respiratory or sinus infections. Depending on the exposure level and your sensitivity to the mold, more serious health effects may result.

What steps do I take if my home or business is contaminated with mold?

The first step is to find the source of moisture that led to the mold growth. and have it resolved. Mold contamination should be removed as soon as it is discovered. If visible mold is seen on walls or ceilings, it might be necessary to collect additional samples inside the wall/ceiling cavities to identify the extent of contamination and narrow the scope of remediation work. When surfaces containing mold contamination are disrupted, millions of spores are spread throughout the air. Small patches of mold growth may be carefully and properly removed without professional assistance. Extensive and/or recurring mold growth might be an indication of a pervasive problem. This problem will most likely require a skilled mold remediation company who will use proper containment and removal equipments depending on the situation.

Different levels of contamination require varying degrees or remediation. Remediation can range from disinfecting a small area affected by mold to "gutting" a room that has had chronic moisture intrusion and severe mold growth. If the mold returns after remediation has been completed, it indicates that a moisture problem still exists or that the contamination was not completely removed.

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Sampling Techniques

Visual Inspection Process

The first step in properly evaluating a potential mold problem is the visual inspection. Throughout this phase a Moore's Mold Inspector are looking for three things: evidence of previous moisture intrusion, evidence of mold growth, and areas with a potential for future mold infestation. An assessment typically covers the interior living space, basement, attic and crawl space. Exterior surfaces are examined for evidence of water damage / intrusion and potential for future problem areas.

Surface Sampling

Surface / Bulk sampling is used to identify a mold type at a specific location. This technique is useful also in ruling out possible discolorations or staining that sometimes exhibit mold like characteristics. Typically a cotton swab or piece of clear tape is used to collect a small quantity of material. In turn this is analyzed either with a fungi screen or culture analysis. EMLab P&K performs the testing procedures for these results.

Air Testing Procedure

Air sampling is the most effective method for determining whether a mold infestation is potentially creating an unsafe living environment. Our testing procedure incorporates the EMLab P&K Aero-Cell cassette. Air quality is tested by drawing 15 cubic liters of air per min and impacting the airborne particles over a glass substrate. Typically the process runs for 5 minutes, producing a sample size of 75 cubic liters. Next, the cassette is sent to a laboratory, where the spores are identified and counted. These numbers alone do not give us enough information to accurately determine the level of contamination. Outside control samples are needed to identify the quantity of mold found in the natural environment. Indoor levels are normally found at approximately 50% of outside samples.

The inspection and testing shall be performed in accordance with generally accepted standards of mold inspection and remediation.

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Preventing Future Mold

Interior

  • Monitor humidity levels, keeping the relative humidity below 50%, running a dehumidifier if necessary.
    (Hygrometers can be purchased at a local hardware store.)

  • Encourage active airflow throughout the building. Open windows, clean and/or add roof top ventilation.

  • Utilize bathroom and kitchen fans. Make sure they vent to the outside, not simply the attic. Ventilate dryer exhaust outside.

  • Maintain air gap between furniture and exterior walls.

  • Clean and dry windows often, especially single pane, aluminum frame style.

  • Periodically check plumbing fixtures for signs of water leaks.

  • Maintain comfortable temperatures for all living quarters. including basement.
    As temperatures drop, the potential for localized condensation increases.

  • Insulate basement walls, piping, and (in older homes) the exterior walls.

Exterior

  • Prevent sprinklers from hitting your home.

  • Clean gutters regularly and check downspouts from proper draining.

  • Clean and inspect roof regularly.

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