A mold sample consists of taking air samples from inside and outside the home. The outside air sample serves a control sample. As mold is present in the environment, comparing indoor air samples with an outside, control sample helps to determine if mold is growing inside the home or is simply making its way into a home from the outside air. Once the samples are taken, they are sent to an accredited laboratory, which will identify the types and levels of mold collected.
How to know when mold is present in your home
If you notice a musty smell in your home, a mold sampling and analysis may be beneficial. Since it is better to be safe than sorry, an experienced home inspector will be able to pick up on the musty smell almost immediately upon entering the home. Another way to tell is if anyone living in the home is experiencing allergy-like symptoms such as wheezing, shortness of breath, sneezing, or coughing. More severe symptoms could mean that toxic mold is present, which include symptoms such as sinus infections and stiffness or pain in joints.
Within 48-72 hours of the mold sampling, you will be provided with a comprehensive report describing the mold types, levels, and recommendations. You can trust Biller and Associates Home Inspection Services to perform accurate, thorough mold tests. We are not a mold remediation company, which means that we don’t have a financial interest in finding mold in your home. Our only interest is helping you to accurately identify if mold is present, what levels are present and what types of mold are found. If you suspect your Northern Virginia home has mold, contact Biller and Associates today to book an appointment!