We often begin by interviewing occupants to determine if they are experiencing symptoms that may indicate the presence of molds in their environment.
An assessment of the building history is performed. Have there been incidences of water accumulation, high humidity, flooding, or renovations? Outdoor visual clues include building code violations, construction deficiencies, staining on stucco or siding and drainage issues.
Next, the investigator visually inspects the indoor environment for persistent dampness, indicators of mold growth and the presence of visible mold. Should any visible mold be found, you will be informed immediately.
Should toxic molds, such as Stachybotrys, be found or suspected, you will be notified and a suggested course of action will be outlined. We may also inspect the outside of the structure for clues about water intrusion or building deficiencies, which also may be contributors to water damage or mold.
In some cases, no mold is found nor suspected. In other situations, sampling of a suspicious area may be necessary to identify a pathogenic mold species or confirm mold presence. Molds are not the only contributor to poor indoor air quality.