Mold Test or Mold Evaluation?


Many have heard of a mold test, but only a few have heard of a mold evaluation. There is a huge difference, and it could cost you thousands if you make the wrong choice.

Mold can hide in the most unbelievable places and, unless you look for it, it can grow at an alarming rate. It can make you and your home very sick. Mold testing alone can return negative results and leave you unaware of the large area of growth in the attic, crawlspace, and HVAC system.

The sample report is of an actual Mold and Moisture Evaluation conducted by Aztec Home Services LLC. The lab results for this evaluation came back as Not Elevated, which means the spore count in the air for the interior of the home was lower than the spore count of the outside air. However the pictures and discovered growth tell a different story. If the person evaluating your home for mold does not conduct a thorough visual evaluation a lot of mold growth can go undetected. This can leave you and your doctor scratching your heads.

Mold sampling takes about 45 minutes, enough time to simply collect air samples. You then get a lab report and that’s it.

Aztec Home Services LLC believes you deserve better.

Our Mold and Moisture Evaluations typically take 2-3 hours. You get a full report with full color digital photographs, videos when necessary and some instructions of how to combat the discovered issues. This information along with the lab results will give you the information necessary to turn your sick home into a healthy home. Your home will feel better, but more importantly you will feel better and breathe easier.

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Mold Testing Evaluation

A certified visual mold survey is included with every home inspection. Testing, if necessary will be determined at the end of the home inspection. Aztec Home Services home inspectors are certified mold inspectors and testers and hold moisture intrusion certifications. With certifications from MICRO, International Association of Indoor Air Consultants and InterNACHI. The certified visual growth evaluation provides you insight and guidance to assist you in determining if mold testing should be conducted. This saves you both time and money. Instead of referring you to another company which may charge up to $450.00 to evaluate and collect samples, Aztec Home Services conducts the evaluation during your home inspection and if samples are recommended. The fee is only $275.00 for three samples. Aztec Home Services also offers a Mold and Moisture evaluation which is much like a home inspection but the focus is on moisture intrusion and growth.  Just like all homes have some level of radon, all homes have mold spores. The spores cannot be seen without the use of a microscope. Every time you open your doors or windows the wind blows invisible mold spores into your home. Homes with mold growth greater than a 3’X3′ area should be professional remediated.

Harrisonburg Mold “Black” Mold Testing

An abundance of mold spores in your home can have a negative affect on your health. Occupants with allergies, asthma and other health issues are more susceptible, but active mold growth can affect anyone. Some molds can cause serious health issues and should only be removed by professionals. If you have growth or think you have a mold problem, Call Aztec Home Services and get your home inspected and tested! Protect your health and the health of your family!

Mold Spores Are Every Where

Mold spores are everywhere and their purpose is to aid in the breakdown and decay of organic matter. Before clean up Aztec Home Services can complete a mold and moisture evaluation on your home and provide guidance in moisture control, identify the type and mold species of the growth.

The EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) states that areas smaller than 3 feet by 3 feet can be cleaned by the average home owner. Aztec Home Services offers mold testing and complete mold and moisture inspections. During a mold and moisture inspection, our goal is to discover the point of origin (moisture). Moisture is the number one ingredient mold needs to grow so it stands to reason that if we control the moisture we control the mold. As a certified mold inspector, it is my goal to teach you about mold spores and how high moisture and moisture intrusion relates to mold growth. Every home has mold spores, the total indoor air mold spore count when compared to outside air mold spore count should be lower, if not then there is considerable evidence that an indoor mold problem exists.

EPA’s Advice On Mold

According to the EPA, there is no practical way to eliminate mold spores from any indoor environment; moisture and humidity control will work to control the growth of mold. If you have growth, the first step is to fix the source of the moisture, plumbing leaks and roof leaks, improper site drainage and clogged gutters are the most common causes of moisture intrusion in residential housing. The recommended indoor humidity level is between 30 and 60%, which will decrease the potential for mold growth. Once the moisture intrusion has been remediated, remove and dispose of all contaminated material, including furniture.

Take Action To Prevent Growth

Check all bathroom vents, dryers or any other moisture producing sources. Ensure they are venting to the exterior of the home. Air conditioning system are a great way to control humidity. De-humidifiers will remove humidity from the air. Increased ventilation can assist in reducing humidity levels especially in attics of older homes. When a leak or intrusion occurs, clean up the water and furnishings within 24-48 hours to prevent mold growth. Clean mold off hard surfaces with water and detergent, and dry completely. Absorbent materials such as ceiling tiles, that are moldy, may need to be replaced. Don’t install carpeting on concrete floors when there is frequent moisture intrusion or condensation build up.

Mold Symptoms

Symptoms of indoor mold allergies can include, but are not limited to: sneezing, conjunctivitis (pink eye), chronic cough, runny nose, nasal congestion, itchy watery and red eyes, skin rashes and hives, sinus headache, rhinitis (inflammation of the sinuses), bronchitis, asthma, hypersensitivity pneumonitis, difficulty breathing. You may have one or more of these symptoms but it does not mean you have an indoor mold problem. Other conditions must be present and a through property inspection should be conducted to determine if mold growth in present, the type (species) of growth and if moisture intrusion points exits.

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Virginia Licensed Home Inspector with 30+ years experience building, repairing, and inspecting homes. Evening and weekend appointments available upon request.