When looking for an individual to evaluate your home for potential indoor mold growth it is important to use someone that is not involved in the remediation process. That is exactly what Westbrook Homes offers; unbiased mold testing without a conflict of interest.
According to the EPA, molds can be found almost anywhere; they can grow on virtually any organic substance, as long as there is a food source, appropriate temperatures, and a source of moisture. This means that it is virtually impossible to eliminate all mold and mold spores in the indoor environment.
However, mold growth can be controlled indoors by controlling moisture indoors. Stop the source of the moisture, and you stop the growth of mold.
NOTE: If a mold-like substance is discovered during a Mold Screening or other visual evaluation, the only way to know POSITIVELY if it is mold would be to send a sample to a lab for analysis.
Mold testing is appropriate when a mold-like growth needs to be identified absolutely (is it mold or not?) OR when a hidden mold problem is suspected. Red flags that typically indicate the need for testing:
• Visible mold-like growth
• Musty odor anywhere in the home
• Family member with allergies or other illness
• Construction or Plumbing defects
• Poorly maintained or dirty heating and air system
• Evidence of past or present water infiltration (moisture intrusion)
• Cracks in bath tile, missing caulk, failed toilet seals, or leaking drains
If you suspect mold, STOP. Do no work before calling Westbrook Homes for guidance! In order to confirm that mold has been eliminated, it's important to test BEFORE work begins, then AFTER work has been completed. This will give you a comparison to gauge whether the work was successful in cleaning the mold issue. If you are concerned about the possible presence of mold in your home, please call us to explain the situation so we can guide you to the best solution - we're here to help! .
• Air Quality Testing
• Surface Sampling
• Samples are sent to an independent lab for analysis and report generation.
Air quality testing consists of taking samples of the air within your home as well as the air outside of your home as a control. Surface sampling involves taking representative samples of the surfaces within your home by swabbing or tape lifting. With these methods combined we can develop a baseline mold count and identify the exact concentration of mold spores present in your home.
Our staff will work exclusively with you and answer any questions in a clear and concise manner. Should you have any questions regarding your Mold Screening, we are simply a phone call away.
Radon can also be found in water. This is more common in private wells. The radon in your water supply poses an inhalation risk as well as an ingestion risk.