Mold Inspections & Testing
We’ve all heard of homes being overtaken by mold, sometimes due to poor workmanship in the construction process. If you’re in the market to purchase a home, it’s wise to explore whether or not the home is at risk. CalPro Inspection Group, Northern California’s fastest growing inspection and pest control company, can help inspect for mold and administer testing, if necessary. We serve Sacramento, San Jose, and the entire Bay Area. Call (800) 474-3540 for more information. You can also request a quote or schedule online now.
Types of Mold Testing
If visible mold is present in the home, our CalPro mold inspectors can take a surface sample of the area in question. Surface mold testing includes one physical sample taken at the affected area. If multiple affected areas are present, additional samples may be needed for accuracy.
A surface mold test will tell you the following:
- What types of harmful indoor molds, if any, are present in the test area.
- If any spore exposure risks are present for the occupants due to mold growth.
- If the area is “current growth” or “former growth” caused by water intrusion or humidity problems.
Surface testing is recommended when:
- There is visible or suspected mold present.
- An area has had previous clean up or removal of mold.
Some moisture problems and/or mold problems may not be visible. For example, some molds may release spores into the indoor breathing air. Our indoor air quality testing includes one indoor air sample in the affected area and one control/baseline sample of the air outdoors. Indoor air samples are recommended at approximately every 800-1000 sq. ft. If the affected area is larger than 800-1000 sq. ft. or if multiple levels in the structure are of concern, additional samples may be needed.
An air quality test will tell you:
- If an abnormal number of harmful spores are present in the indoor air.
- If indoor mold counts are normal and do not pose a risk to indoor air quality.
- If there are possible hidden areas of mold growth, water intrusion, or humidity problems.
Indoor air quality testing is recommended when:
- There is a concerning musty odor in the home.
- Mold or suspected mold growth is visible in the home.
- There was a past water intrusion problem.
- An occupant of the home is predisposed to respiratory distress.
- You want to verify the effectiveness of mold remediation.
What Problems Does Mold Cause?
Mold can contribute to allergies, breathing problems, and headaches with a varying severity of symptoms. Those most affected – the young, the elderly, and those with underlying health conditions, may even need to be hospitalized.
When should you have a home tested for mold? If the building has any of the following conditions, then mold sampling should be completed.
- Structures with visible mold
- Strong, musty odors
- Moisture problems
- High humidity issues
This package includes one indoor air sample, one control/baseline sample on the exterior, and one surface test in the affected area. Some molds will release spores into the air, and some will not. Combining air and surface testing will ensure that the affected area is properly analyzed.
What to Do If We Find Mold in the Home
We recommend having mold remediated in a timely manner. If the affected area is under 10 sq. ft., you can handle it yourself. If it is over 10 sq. ft., then we recommend you call a remediation specialist so that you don’t further spread the mold and its harmful effects.
Other Services & Inspections
Keep in mind that we consider the welfare of families to be a top priority. With that in mind, the following services may be of help to you:
When the health of your family is at stake, don’t guess. Mold inspections from CalPro will uncover any problems and give you the facts to deal with it. Schedule online, request a quote now, or call (800) 474-3540 for more information. We serve Sacramento, San Jose, the Bay Area, Roseville, Vacaville, Fremont, Cupertino, and the surrounding areas. For more information, see our FAQ and Why Choose CalPro pages.