Your mold inspectors should be State Certified Indoor Air Quality Specialist. These inspectors will do Indoor Air Quality (called an IAQ) sampling that will begin an assessment and possible cause of suspected molds/fungi contamination in indoor environments and commonly found household allergens. Usually 3 separate areas are tested and sent to a lab for a comprehensive report. When you surface test, it is collected by swabbing different areas of the home or building. If there is a serious presence, then more tests may need to be taken. Commercial buildings or larger homes need to have multiple areas inspected and sampled.
A mold inspector’s goal is to find signs of water damage and other conditions conductive to fungal growth and overall poor air quality. They utilize the following:
- Infrared thermometers that digitally read temperatures being produced by AC units.
- Infrared cameras that can often detect moisture in leaky ceilings from quite a distance.
- Handheld moisture meters that pass tiny electrical signals through building surfaces in order to determine the moisture content of such surfaces.
- Digital bore scopes that enable our mold specialist to locate mold in concealed areas.
- Humidity meters that can read the percentage of evaporated moisture in your air.
With these tools along with the lab tested results, you should be provided a written record of their findings including specific information as to where, how, and why contamination exists if it in fact exists. Furthermore, they should inform you what will need to be done to rectify any mold issues that are found.