A mold inspection starts as a home inspection, which is a non-invasive, visual examination of the home's interior and exterior, and its various systems and components. The scope of a mold inspection requires particular knowledge of HVAC systems, roofs, the exterior, and plumbing systems. Musty odors, moisture intrusion via a roof or plumbing leak, or even evidence of suspected mold can warrant a mold inspection. Along with the sampling equipment, the tools commonly used for a mold inspection of the home's interior include the following:
Thermal Imaging Camera: Where visual inspection is not possible, especially for suspected water intrusion that's inside structural components, damp and wet areas can be detected non-invasively with thermal imaging. Problem areas will show up as dark gradients.
Digital Moisture Meter: A moisture meter is an incredible tool to use to check the moisture content of various materials. Moisture meters are highly reliable instruments that measure moisture levels inside substrates and materials and provide accurate readings to within less than 0.1%.
Hygrometer: This instrument is used to measure temperature and relative humidity. High humidity can cause problems in your home if relative humidity regularly exceeds 60%. When the air contains water vapor above that level, mold and mildew start to grow, while excess moisture can cause rot, damaging your belongings.
Borescope: A borescope is an optical tool used to view areas that would otherwise not be visible. This is a camera that can visualize suspected mold growth and other problems inside wall cavities and structural elements through a small opening. They also contain a light source to illuminate the target under inspection.
Once a mold inspection has been completed and all samples have been analyzed by a laboratory, a remediation protocol will be prepared to correct microbial issues. A Mold Remediation Protocol is typically written when items or areas have been identified containing an unacceptable amount or type of mold and a client requires an industry-recognized method of removal or cleaning instructions.