Central Florida Mold Services
We are proud to offer many different mold inspection, mold testing & indoor air quality services. They are usually performed for someone that thinks they may have a mold problem, has visible mold growth, can smell “musty” odors or who has had a previous water leak.
We also perform real estate transaction mold inspections when someone buys or sells a house. The purpose of this service is to help inform the potential buyer if there is an existing mold problem. To get a better idea of what you might need, we have listed our services below:
Visual Mold Inspections
This includes a visual inspection of the entire property for any obvious mold/fungal growth or other indicators of hidden mold problems. We also include a moisture intrusion inspection with our radio-wave moisture meters in all areas that are prone to high moisture. We will check inside the HVAC system & ductwork for hidden microbial growth. Our Thermal Imaging Camera will be implemented in our inspection process to help find anything that is not visible to the naked eye.
Based on the inspection results & if any visible mold or other “Red-Flag” areas are found, we then can make suggestions to recommend sampling or a remediation procedure. All inspections include digital photos of problem areas as well as a computer-generated report.
ACAC: Council-Certified Microbial Investigator
ICA2: Currently a Certified Mold Inspector with the International Association of Certified Indoor Air Quality Consultants
Central Florida Mold Testing & Sampling
Swab or Lift Sampling:
This is a specific type of test performed when there is visible mold growth. We use a wetted swab or Bio-Tape to lift the growth off the surface and then seal it in a specialized container. This will then be forwarded to an AIHA accredited laboratory for analysis. The report will include the spore name and the description.
Whole House Air Sampling:
This is a more inclusive type of test that will let you know what is in the air you are breathing. All air samples will be completed using Zefon spore trap cassettes (Air-O-Cell®) to ensure the most reliable results. The Air-O-Cell® is designed for the rapid collection of a wide range of airborne aerosols including mold spores, pollen, insect parts, skin cells, fibers and inorganic particulate.
The home’s air is drawn through the spore trap cassette using a self-contained IAQ pump and then all biological particles are impacted on to the slides surface. The standard for all of our tests are a minimum of 2 samples inside and 1 sample outside (to have a baseline for comparison). These cassettes are then sent to the lab for analysis. The reports will show the type of mold and the amount of mold in the air (per cubic meter).
Carpet sampling can be another tool to find out a “history” of the mold counts inside the house. The carpets are vacuumed in certain areas to collect the mold spores that may have settled into the carpet piles. The dust is collected and sent to the AIHA approved laboratory for analysis. The report will then show what type of mold spores were present. If there are indicators of water damaged building materials, ie; Stachybotrys, Chaetomium, Penicillium, Aspergillus, etc. then you can be assured there was a previous mold problem or water leak. You can also view some more information on ERMI mold testing options.
Behind-the-Wall Cavity Sampling:
This tool is used to sample the air in spaces that could not be access without demolition of the walls. If during our mold inspection we find an area of hidden moisture we can drill a small 3/8″ hole and insert a special tube to sample the air in the cavity space. The sample will be sent to the lab for analysis and all spores present will be listed and their respective amounts.
Odor (VOC) Sampling:
VOC or Volatile Organic Compounds are gases that can produce odors within a property. They can originate from chemical sources such as cleaning products, storage of chemicals, paints, and even from mold growth (mVOCs – microbial-volatile organic compounds). We can perform a screening for the individual VOC levels within a property to help determine the overall indoor air quality. This test typically runs for 2 hours and then will be sent to a third-party laboratory for analysis. Formaldehyde testing is also available.
At CFBI we also offer ERMI & ARMI Mold Testing services. Our specialists are here to answer any question you may have