Author Archives: Tina Yaeger

A Complete Mold Diagnosis

Mold diagnosis for your homeYou have decided to have your mold concerns diagnosed by a professional. In a sense you have decided to take your home to the doctor. You are expecting a complete diagnosis so that you know how to move forward in resolving your concerns. Usually, the complete diagnosis will include an investigation and testing.

A mold investigation will paint you a partial picture of what might be going on in your home, much like when you go for an office visit with your doctor. The doctor will tell you it appears that you might have strep throat, but you will need a strep test to confirm. The doctor will need to order the correct prescription based on the testing results. You would certainly want to be taking the correct medication in order to get well. The same applies to the recommendations your inspector will make as far as testing any visible mold like growth or the air in your home, based on his findings during the investigation. Your inspector will need to gather as much information as possible in order to advise you on the steps for remediation (your home’s prescription).

Sometimes mold testing is not necessary. Sometimes a strep throat test is not necessary. Sometimes an x-ray of your lungs is recommended to see if something else might be causing your sore throat. Sometimes air testing, swab testing, or wall-cavity testing is recommended and could be essential for a complete diagnosis and prescription.

If you were to have air samples taken without an inspection, you would find out if there were specific mold spores in the air you are breathing, but would not have a clue to what might be causing them or where they could be coming from. With the inspection, your consultant could help pinpoint the problem area by possibly finding wet building materials, a plumbing leak, a roof leak, etc. If you were to just have an inspection and did not have any of the recommended tests performed, you would find out that you might have a plumbing leak or wet materials, but would have no clue if there was any hidden mold somewhere or in the air you are breathing. You would have a partial picture. You might be taking the wrong steps to remedy the situation, like taking a prescription for a virus when you have an infection.

A complete diagnosis of your mold concerns is essential in order to paint you a 3-D picture of what may be going on in your home. The mold inspection will be to find any issues that are conducive to mold growth, such as wet materials, moisture, and humidity, which can pinpoint possible sources. The samples or tests will tell us and you what types of molds are present and their concentration. Your inspector and project manager will review the findings, photographs, conclusions, and the lab results. They will put all of this together in your report and will then let you know what your next steps should be to begin the healing process of your home.

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by Tina Yaeger

Why Do I Need to Get a Mold Inspection?

“Why do I need to get a mold inspection”?  Some of you might be asking this question if you have noticed some staining or something that appears to be a mold like substance in your home.  Maybe you smell something funny? Maybe you are not feeling well and wondering why? You might be thinking, “Oh everyone has mold. It is probably nothing to worry about”. It might not be anything to worry about, but without a mold inspection and testing, you will not know. By waiting or ignoring your concern, you could potentially make what might be a small easily fixable issue something much larger and much more expensive.  Have you ever heard a funny sound in your vehicle and thought, “Oh that is probably nothing” and waited a few more days to see if the sound went away? You finally decide to take your car to the mechanic, only to discover that if you had brought it in sooner, the part that broke might have been fixed with much less cost.  Have you ever had a cough or sore throat that lingered and waited to see the doctor because you did not want to spend the money for the doctor to just tell you what you already knew? “You have a cough. Get some rest.”   Sometimes in our lives we have to go ahead and get a diagnosis from a doctor, a mechanic, or a Mold Inspector just for peace of mind, but also to potentially save yourself or your possessions from further damage.  Your home is one of your most valuable possessions. It requires maintenance just like your car, and just like your body.  If you neglect issues such as a potential mold problem, you could be putting your home and yourself in a worse situation.  A mold inspection is just like going to the doctor or taking your car to a mechanic. Calling a professional to diagnose your home is worth the price for peace of mind and could potentially save you from spending more money down the road.

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by Tina Yaeger