Indoor Air Quality Assessment
The first step in an assessment is to determine if mold is
present. This is done by visually examining the premises. If
mold is growing and visible this helps determine the level of
remediation that is necessary. If mold is actively growing and
is visibly confirmed the need for sampling for specific species
of mold is unnecessary.
After the visual, imagine if you had Superman's power to see
through walls. Infrared imaging technology is the next best
thing: infrared detects tiny but crucial differences in
temperature throughout a house, including behind the walls,
beneath the floors and beyond ceilings. These temperature
variations often reveal "invisible" problems . Whether viable
mold is on a surface visible to humans or hidden behind walls or
ceilings, I will find it. The time needed will be impacted
by the size of your house and other factors; but will likely
last for 2-3 hours.
Another assessment method is to determine if the premise smells
of mold, often described as an earthy or musty odor. However,
not all molds produce the telltale mold odors.
These methods are considered to be non-intrusive and only
visible, viable mold in high moisture areas and odor
causing molds will be found. Sometimes more intrusive methods
are needed to assess the level of mold contamination. This would
include moving furniture, lifting and/or removing carpets,
checking behind wallpaper or paneling, checking in ventilation
duct work, opening and exposing wall cavities, etc.
Careful detailed visual, infrared inspection and recognition of
moldy odors should be used to find problems needing correction.
Efforts should focus on areas where there are signs of liquid
moisture or water vapor (humidity) or where moisture problems
are suspected. The investigation goals should be to locate
indoor mold growth to determine how to correct the moisture
problem and remove contamination safely and effectively.
The basic goals of any mold investigation are always twofold: 1)
find the locations of mold growth, and 2) determine the sources
of the moisture.
The key to mold control is moisture control. It is important to
dry water damaged areas and items within 24-48 hours to prevent
Mold Inspections should be performed by a party certified as a
Council-certified Indoor Environmentalist or Council-certified
Microbial Investigator by the American Indoor Air Quality
Phase I Assessment Interview
Phase II Assessment -
Under 1500 Sq. Ft. $365
1500 - 2000 Sq. Ft.$375 plus testing
2000 - 2500 Sq. Ft.$425 plus testing
2500 - 3000 Sq. Ft.$475 plus testing
3000 - 3500 Sq. Ft.$525 plus testing
3500 - 4000 Sq. Ft.$575 plus testing
4000 - 4500 Sq. Ft.$625 plus testing
Phase III, Phase IV, Phase V
Minimum non-viable testing $225.00 per
(Three Micro 5 per.)
Swabs $125.00 per sample
Allergen & Particulate Screening $325.00