Mold Inspection

Professional Mold Detection, Inspections & Assessments  

inspectionOnly proper air samples that can quantify the overabundance of mold, can indicate if the building is habitable. Mold Detection SA utilises standards developed by the Department of Microbiology in its sampling methodologies to ensure that quality assessments are done. The lead assessor, Deon Smit has been trained by Professional Mold Inspection Institute (PMII) in the United States of America as a Certified Mold Inspector as well as a Certified Mold Remediator. Deon is also a professional member of the National Association of Mold Remediators and Inspectors (NAMRI-USA).

Mold air sampling will assist in identifying the Genus and Species of the mold. There are over 500,000 mold species and each one of these mold species can affect human health differently, identifying the prominent overabundant mold genus will assist your doctor in developing a better-informed diagnosis that will assist you in a speedy recovery.

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Why do we need a mold inspection or assessment?

  • Mold spores are microscopically small, we cannot see them with the naked eye,  we do not know they are there or has infected our house. But we can smell them.
  • Secondly, they are sneaky, mold can grow anywhere, and mostly in dark places where we cannot see them.
  • The other and most important reason is health. Mold is affecting our health or creating a health concern.  When mold spores are present in large quantities (overabundance), they are a health hazard or concern to humans.

What is a mold assessment or inspection?

tip-air-purifier-pngA mold assessment or inspection refers to the process of determining whether there is undesirable mold growth and an overabundance of mold spores in a building. Mold inspections or assessments may include:

Mold air sampling

  • An air sample of every room is taken to establish the number of mold spores in the air
    • These samples are send to a laboratory for counting and identifying the genus
    • The laboratory advises through a report how high the contamination levels are and the Genus of the mold as well as the possible health effects of the particular genus.

Damp assessment

  • Mold or mould grows where there are moisture problems.
    • The human eye can only detect about 40% of the existing moisture problems as well as the future possible growth areas. We utilise:
      • Thermal imaging
      • Deep penetrating moisture meters

Medical Emergencies we have assisted with

Here are some of the type of calls that I  receive and where we have treated and solved successfully the mold problem.

Case1
Client called and said. “My son is in intensive care with respiratory problems, we have mold in the house and we think the house is killing him. Please help!!!”

With the help of  the mold inspection and assessment a specific mold genus and specie was identified that was affecting child’s health. The client notified the doctors, we did a mold remedial exercise on the house and the doctors was informed and child was cured.

Case 2
There is mold on my clothes in the wardrobes – on the outside wall of my house and a kind of musty smell in drawers and wardrobes. No evidence (so far as I can tell anyway) of any damp or mold on the actual walls.

Questions that the customer raise were: Where is it coming from? and what are the health concerns? Please help!!!!

With the help of  the mold inspection and assessment the source of the damp was identified, the type of mold was identified, cleanup protocol and processes were done, damp was eradicated and a healthy environment was created – case solved by Mold Detection SA)

So how do we start with a mold inspection or assessment? To start we need to know a couple of things about mold or mould.