If you are asking “Do I need Mold Testing,” we are going to tell you something about mold inspections and mold testing that is going to make 99% of all other mold companies and mold inspectors cringe. It is our mission to give you GOOD information about mold in order to combat all the misinformation and fiction that dominates our industry.
Here are the facts…. If you already see visible mold, you usually do NOT need a mold inspection or mold testing. If you already see visible mold, why do you need to spend your hard-earned dollars to have a professional tell you that you have a problem? YOU DON’T.
There ARE many cases where a mold inspection and mold testing IS a good idea especially compared to the home kits which you can read more about below.
But first, why is a mold inspection and mold testing almost always unnecessary if you already see visible mold? Don’t you need to know what kind of mold it is? In most cases, the surprising answer here is “no.” For starters, so called “Black Mold” is a term that is misused and misunderstood. And the fact is – any mold – black, green, white, pink (yes…. we’ve seen pink) is not normal for the interior of a living or work space – and it needs to be removed.
If this all sounds too hard to believe, especially coming from a mold company, don’t take our word for it. The Environmental Protection Agency agrees; just read the quote provided. Notice the EPA says that not only is mold testing usually unnecessary when visible mold is present, but they also tell you that there are no federal guidelines yet for determining the amount of mold spores that is safe or dangerous. Although no federal guidelines exist on mold spore counts, we can compare the number of indoor mold spores to the number of outdoor mold spores, for example, to get a relative idea of the levels of mold present in the tested environment. Thus, when a mold inspection and test is needed, knowing the indoor and outdoor spore counts is essential.
In most cases, if visible mold growth is present, sampling is unnecessary. Since no EPA or other fereral limits have been set for mold or mold spores,sampling cannot be used to check a bullding's compliance with fereral mold standards. Surface sampling may be useful to deternibe if an era has been adequately cleaned or remediated. Sampling for mold should be conducted by professionals who have specific experience in designing mold sampling protocols, sampling methods, and interpreting results. Sample analysis should folow analytical methods recommended by the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA), the American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists(ACGIH), or other professianal oranizations."
Doesn’t the type of mold matter in determining the right way to properly remove the mold? No. In fact, once visible mold is present, the same Mold Remediation Principles are followed to remove it regardless of the color, species, etc.
The truth about mold is: If you can see it, you need to remove it. Testing is usually unnecessary at this point.