A thorough inspection of the mold and mold monitoring are essential in preparing a successful mold removal program. There are a number of methods and pieces of equipment that assist an inspector in their mold search. Today I will shed light on what are some of those approaches and add widely employed techniques for inspection. Do you want to learn more? Visit A-1 Certified Environmental Services, LLC.
Investigating mold requires investigating moisture, and determining where water penetration or inappropriate moisture is a high priority for mold inspection. A hygrometer is an device used to determine the amount of moisture in atmospheric air, or humidity. For example, a hygrometer may be used to assess if an attic maintains enough humidity in the air to promote mold production. This knowledge is helpful in solving the mold growth cause, in the case of this attic, which improves the air flow and ventilation. For example, drywall, or structural wood, a moisture meter measures the percentage of water in a given substance. This will suggest to an investigator the existence of moisture behind a wall without compromising it.
Aside from moisture checking, there is also mold research. Tape lift testing and air sample processing are the two most widely employed methods of mold processing. The tape lift method employs a transparent adhesive film capable of collecting mold particles from a surface with suspicious staining or growth. The results of these tests can identify the mold genus and quantity at question. Air testing is probably the most useful method of mold testing, and is typically the type of testing used after a mold removal project to “clean” a region. An air check tests the airborne mold sample material and is opaque to the naked eye. It’s also airborne mold which is most harmful to the respiratory system of someone. Often, this form of check may be used to identify cross contamination between an active mold environment to a clean region.