BERGEN COUNTY NJ MOLD TESTING & ASSESSMENTS

Mold assessments and sampling are completed by a certified mold technician as well as a company that does not perform any remediation. The results are based upon laboratory testing.

Bergen County NJ Mold Testing and Air Sampling Inspections  Veriguard Home Inspections Maywood NJ

What makes VHI Mold Assessment stand out?

  • A detailed report is provided upon inspection which includes:
    • Executive Summary of Assessment
    • Sampling Description
    • Itemized Photographs
    • Moisture Readings
    • Room Description
    • Identification of Mold (species and genus, depending on type of test)
    • Recommendations and Interpretations
    • Supplemental Information
    • Sample Analysis from Certified Laboratory

Mold Assessments can include various sampling techniques depending on scope at hand:

All Bergen County NJ Mold Inspections analyze potential sources of moisture and evaluate conditions present and ideal for mold growth. Some variations of testing are as follows:

  • Air Sampling (Non-viable Sampling)
    • Advantages
      • Can assist and identifying allergic reactions to fungal spores
      • Used for initial sampling and when apparent mold growth is not present
    • Disadvantages
      • Samples can not be identified to species
      • Viability of spores will not be analyzed
      • Genus of spores may be grouped together
  • Air Sampling (Viable or Culturable)
    • Advantages
      • Sample can identify whether fungus is alive
      • Can identify if any bacteria is present in air (type of testing)
      • Sample can identify genus and species
    • Disadvantages
      • Samples can take longer to be analyzed due to time for fungal growth to take place
      • All fungus and bacteria in the air may not be present on media plate
  • Direct Surface Samples Tape Lift, Swab and/or Bulk Sample
    • Advantages
      • Sample can identify if substance if mold
      • Inexpensive sampling technique
      • Quick turnaround
    • Disadvantages
      • Depending on the size of area, a large amount mold samples may not be tested
      • Samples analyzed are specific and may not include entire spore count in the affected area
  • Wall Check
    • A method used to sample the air within a wall cavity
    • this method uses a device which requires either a small 1/2″ hole or no hole at all depending if a receptacle is present
    • Protocol is minimally invasive
  • Carpet Sampling
    • Method is used to determine if there was previous undetected mold problems
  • Environmental Relative Moldiness Index (ERMI) Testing
    • Can be used as a comparison for evaluating a house

Examples of Photos and What I See

The Process..

The Mold Inspection Process

  • Occupant Interview
    • Any health related complaints or moisture conditions are discussed
  • Building Assessment
    • Information gathering for potential sources of moisture intrusion, moisture content in affected areas
  • Mold Sampling
    • Air samples, direct samples or combination of samples are taken depending on scope of work ordered
  • Mold Assessment Report
    • A report is issued following the results from the laboratory complete with pictures, assessment, lab reports, and recommedations

 

The process begins by interviewing the occupants to find out additional details related to conditions, symptoms, smells, causes, etc. This part of the assessment tries to identify conditions that may be not readily visible by the technician. It can help to describe the environment at a time the technician is not present like the evening or during the morning hours. This step is important because mold conditions tend to vary and can change with the day and time the occupants are living within the space. An example may be “at night when a child goes to bed; the child experiences difficulty breathing”. This may lead to a test being completed in the child’s bedroom or at the time the occupant experiences the issue. .

Following the interview, the technician will perform an assessment of present conditions of the building. This is completed one of two ways; a limited or complete inspection. A limited inspection is focused on one room or area within the home/building and is used primarily to sample and test for conditions within a particular room or space. A complete inspection is used to determine if any previous, visible and/or hidden potential mold condition exist and encompasses either a number of rooms or complete home/building.

 

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