What to expect
Our appoints typically last 1 hour and may consist of one or two tests. Every AWA Mold Inspector will start by going through your home and checking the common areas that mold could be growing. These are usually spots like under the sink or behind the washing machine where it’s very common for pipe leaks that often go unnoticed for long periods of time. If during the mold assessment, the inspector finds mold, he may decide to take a physical sample to take to our lab to be tested in order to identify the type of mold that is growing in your home. This way, we can decide the best course of action and know how big of an issue you’re dealing with. After the visual assessment of the home, the inspector may perform an air quality test. Air quality tests take air samples that collect mold spores which will also be taken to a lab and analyzed for the same reasons as the physical samples.
Why do you need a professional test?
It’s very important to get a professional test for two reasons. The first reason that it’s very common for people to use DIY kits and mishandle the samples which can cause false-positive tests. If you receive a false-positive test, then you will end up paying a lot of money to remove mold when it was completely unnecessary. Sometimes, you may also cause a false-negative test which will cause you to go an even longer period of time without fixing the issue which can cause you to get a very big mold remediation bill to remove the mold. Lastly, DIY kits aren’t very sensitive. If you want the peace of mind knowing that you don’t have any mold in your home or need a certification, then you will need to go with a professional inspection.