Inspections

Mold

If you already see or smell mold, however, spending money on testing and inspections is usually unnecessary since all mold in the home, regardless of the color or species type, should be remediated with Hight Temperature Drying and as needed removed following accepted mold removal guidelines.

If you suspect a mold problem in your home but do not detect any visible growth, mold testing can provide confirmation or peace of mind. A home inspection by one of our mold specialists includes a thorough visual inspection of the exterior and interior of the home.

Water Intrusion

We will start outside your home, the specialist will check for proper grading, water flow of roof water and look for any obvious holes or areas where water could enter the home. A routine part of this check would be scanning the grading of the yard, disconnected or plugged downspouts or missing gutters. If a particular area raises concern, additional tools such as thermal imaging cameras, moisture meters, and thermal hygrometers may be utilized to gather more data and get a more complete picture of the problem.

Call 612-267-0335 or book online to schedule your inspection.

Since there are no guidelines or standards with WARRANTIES and/or GUARANTEES in the mold inspection and/or remediation industry, it is very important that you hire the right mold professional, like “YOUR HEAT TREATMENT EXPERTS”, to identify and correct any mold problems, using HIGH Temperature Drying. As Dr. Moon presented, the approximate upper limit for survival of fungi at 132-140 F. Look for specific organizations that have the best experience, heating equipment, and training necessary to do the work you need performed.

Get referrals from others you know and trust, and make sure the scope of work proposed (High Temperature Drying) is competitively priced to other methods, like Demolishing and Remodeling.

Bottom line, if you have any type of mold you should have it remediated, with High Temperature Drying.

Heat and Mold.

Heat does kill mold, and it doesn’t take a blistering hot oven to do it. According to Ohio State University, most molds cannot survive above 140 degrees Fahrenheit. This, reports the university, makes heat an effective method for controlling mold that occurs in garden mulch. Dr. Moon presented the approximate upper limit for survival of fungi at 132-140 F.

Jeff Berens

MOISTURE READINGS

Since mold growth depends on the presence of moisture and/or humidity over 60% in the air. When using instruments that measure moisture and humidity can yield valuable data during a mold inspection. Our specialists have invasive (with pin-like protrusions for penetrating a material) and non-invasive moisture meters for this purpose. These tools reveal the percentage of moisture (the nationwide average is 15%) in a given building material, whether it’s wood, drywall, etc. The specialist would first take a reading on an unaffected area as a base for comparison, then on a suspect area, and look for a sharp rise. A high moisture percentage in a given material would then warrant a closer look.

Our specialists also make use of thermo hygrometers, which measure humidity. Here again, a reading would be taken in an area of the home that is not conducive to mold growth, then compared to readings throughout the rest of the home. An elevated relative humidity reading would likely signal mold growth.
Heat treatment is the fastest and cheapest way to eliminate mold; by killing mold in hours with little to no demolition or remodeling.

THERMAL IMAGING

Another tool in our mold specialist’s tool kit is the thermal imaging camera. This sophisticated device allows the specialist to “see” temperatures, as it essentially translates heat into an image on a screen. Similar to the visual inspection, during this phase of the process the specialist will conduct a walk-through of the home, scanning exterior walls, ceilings, corners, etc. The goal is to identify any temperature differentials that may signal water intrusion or leaks. (A lower temperature indicates the possible presence of moisture.) If a problem area is detected during the process, the specialist may suggest a more invasive method (for example, cutting 1 x 1 inch access with a keyhole saw) to look for visible mold growth.

Humidity Testing with Hydrometer

Our specialists also make use of thermo hygrometers, which measure humidity. Here again, a reading would be taken in an area of the home that is not conducive to mold growth, then compared to readings throughout the rest of the home. An elevated relative humidity reading would likely signal mold growth.
Heat treatment is the fastest and cheapest way to eliminate mold; by killing mold in hours with little to no demolition or remodeling

Heat treatment Experts using High Temperature Dyting is the fastest and cheapest way to eliminate mold; by killing mold in hours with little to no demolition or remodeling. Dr. Moon presented the approximate upper limit for survival of mold fungi at 132-140 F.