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No conflict of interest:  Potomac Homes is an independent, locally owned and operated business, providing only mold inspection/assessment and sampling services and with no links to and no interferences from mold remediation contractors.


 

Mold Investigations

Do you know what you are breathing in the air inside your own house?

If you think having fungal issue in your residence, you may print and use the Home Owner Mold Checklist (PDF)

If any area of the residence is suspected of having fungal growth, we suggest to carry out either a Limited Mold Sampling or a Mold Screen Inspection (with collection of at least 3 samples), to determine if there is a problem and to identify the types of mold present.

Samplings include air, tape, swab, wall cavity, or bulk sampling. Such sampling are done in accordance with protocols and requires proper handling and documentation of samples. Analysis is done by an independent environmental microbiology laboratory, accredited by the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA).

 
 

Limited Mold Assessment & Sampling

  • Visual Inspection of accessible areas, defined by the client.

  • Collection of one or more samples in client-defined areas using air, swab or carpet sampling.

  • Analysis of samples by a specialized laboratory (accredited by the American Industrial Hygiene Association - AIHA - for Environmental Microbiology).

  • Laboratory Summary Report identifying if any "unusual" mold conditions exist in the sample locations only, at the time they were collected.

  • Laboratory Report detailing the presence and type (s) of mold, if any, found in the samples.

Full Mold Assessment & Sampling

  • Visual Inspection of readily accessible areas of the entire property or areas of special concern (client defined).

  • Collection of minimum of 3 samples in multiple "red flag" areas of the residence.

  • "Red flag" areas show visible mold or conditions that could lead to microbial growth. Appropriate samples include: swab samples of each area and each substrate with visible mold; an air sample in each indoor "red flag" area; one outdoor air sample; a carpet sample of fixed carpets in "red flag" areas.

  • Additional sampling suggested as conditions warrant.

  • Analysis of samples by a specialized laboratory (accredited by AIHA for Environmental Microbiology).

  • Laboratory Summary Report identifying if any "unusual" mold conditions exist in the sample locations only, at the time they were collected.

  • Laboratory Report detailing the presence and type (s) of mold, if any, found in the samples.

Mold Assessment and Sampling Report

Limited Mold Sampling and Mold Screen Inspections do not provide:

(a) a guarantee that mold does or does not exist in the subject property

(b) Remediation specifications of identified mold affected areas. The advice of an Indoor-Air-Quality (IAQ) specialist or other appropriate professional should be sought for further directions on how to address any mold problems discovered.

 

More:  Ten things you should read about mold

 

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