MP&R will provide the following services to client:
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
Provide mold tests described above through an independent
and certified laboratory, whose results will be directly available to the
Provide a written report of the inspector's visual
observation and an explanation of the laboratory results.
Provide a mold remediation protocol.
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
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:
After a flood or a water damage event.
When you detect unusual stains on building materials, furniture or
any other household goods.
When you detect mold and smell a musty or earthy odors but
cannot detect any visible growth.
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.
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.
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
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
What steps do I take if my home or business is contaminated
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.
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
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.