A test for mold through a certified mold inspection by Titanium Laboratories is the best way to solve your mold problem. At Titanium Laboratories, Inc. a “test for mold” is merely one element of your Certified Mold Inspection. The purpose for your certified mold inspection is to understand the reason for mold growth, test for mold species when applicable, and most importantly, determine an effective solution to resolve your mold problem.
So, a test for mold is the second step in a three-step process for understanding a mold situation.
Credentials and Certifications
Titanium Laboratories, Inc. has more than a decade of experience in mold inspections, mold testing, and mold removal. We are certified nationally as Certified Mold Inspectors (CMI) through the Mold Inspection Consulting and Remediation Organization (MICRO). The intensive training program certifying Titanium Laboratories, Inc., provided by MICRO is recognized and/or approved by the following organizations:
- American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA)
- American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists (ACGIH)
- National Association of Home Builders (NAHB)
- National Association of Home Inspectors (NAHI)
- National Association of Certified Home Inspectors (NACHI)
MICRO also provides training to the U.S. Army, U.S. Navy, and Coast Guard. Thus, the certification earned by Titanium Laboratories Inc.’s Certified Mold Inspectors is issued by one of the most comprehensive mold certification programs available. Our company strictly adheres to the standards outlined in the teachings of the aforementioned organizations and practices strict moral, ethical and professional principles in everything that we do.
Titanium Laboratories is a member of the IAQA
Hire a professional to test for mold in your home or building with peace of mind. Titanium Laboratories is a member in good standing with the Indoor Air Quality Association. (IAQA)
The first step in properly evaluating a potential mold problem is the visual mold inspection. Throughout this phase your Certified Mold Inspector is looking for three things
- Evidence of previous moisture intrusion
- Evidence of mold growth
- Areas with a potential for future mold infestation.
Similar to a home inspection, a home mold inspection 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. Commercial mold inspections vary depending on the type of building; but follow the same above basic guidelines.
Cutting edge technology enables Titanium Laboratories to inspect your home or building for moisture intrusion with minimal or no dissemblance of your structure and little or no disturbance to your tenants or the occupants of the building. Moisture in buildings is a building-owner’s worst enemy, especially when it is hiding behind walls where you cannot easily access the area for a visual mold inspection. Not only does moisture compromise the structural integrity of the building, but it provides an opportunity for mold growth. Utilizing infra-red technology, Titanium Laboratories solves this problem, and captures a high-resolution thermographic image of your building, to pinpoint suspected sources of moisture.
Depending on the findings from your mold inspection, the certified mold inspector may then test for mold. There are different ways to test for mold, and they depend upon the Certified Mold Inspector’s findings at the time of your mold inspection.
Surface Sampling Test for Mold
Surface/bulk mold test for mold is used to identify a mold type at a specific location. This technique is highly useful also in ruling out discolorations or staining that may 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. An accredited laboratory performs the testing procedures for these results.
Air Sampling Test for Mold
Air sampling test for mold is the most effective method for determining whether a mold infestation is potentially creating an unsafe indoor air environment. Our air sampling test for mold incorporates the Aero-Cell cassette and/or the use of (MEA) Malt Extract Augur media, depending on your unique situation.
- Air quality is tested using the Aero-Cell cassette by drawing 15 cubic liters of air per min and impacting the airborne particles over a glass substrate. Typically the process runs from 3 to 5 minutes, producing a sample size of 45 to 75 cubic liters.
- Air quality is tested using the Malt Extract Augur (MEA) by drawing 28.3 liters of air per min. and impacting the airborne particles over a glass substrate. Typically the process runs from 3 to 5 minutes, producing a sample size of 84.9 to 141.5 cubic liters. Next, the cassette is sent to an accredited laboratory, where the spores are identified and counted.
These numbers alone do not give us enough information to accurately determine the potential level of mold contamination. We also test for mold outside, providing outside control samples. Outside control samples are collected to identify the quantity of mold found in the natural environment. Indoor levels are normally found at approximately 50% of outside samples.
Your mold report is the final step in your mold investigation.
Following the visual mold inspection, and collection of samples, (“Mold Testing”), your mold samples will then go to an accredited laboratory for incubation and analysis. Upon receipt of the laboratory analysis, your Certified Mold Inspector will analyze the accredited laboratory’s findings, and compare it with the data collected during your visual mold inspection. These elements are included within your mold report. More importantly; however, the Certified Mold Inspector will address these issues in very simple steps. Your Titanium Laboratories, Inc. Mold Report will contain in straightforward language:
- Our findings during your visual mold inspection
- The results of any mold testing conducted
- An analysis of your mold situation
- Any steps for recommended mold removal/mold remediation
- Further corrective actions to prevent a future mold infestation
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