Pristine Inspections & Testing servicing most of central Illinois, is your premier source for mold testing, radon testing, and full home inspections. Since 2007, we have been keeping homeowners safe, and testing for mold and other harmful substances.
Molds are various types of fungi that grow in filaments and reproduce by forming spores. The term “mildew” refers to some kinds of mold, particularly mold in the household with a white or grayish color, or mold growing in shower stalls and bathrooms. Mold may grow indoors or outdoors and it thrives in damp, warm, and humid environments. Mold is ubiquitous and found in essentially any environment, year round.
Molds reproduce by forming tiny spores that are not visible to the naked eye. Mold spores are very hardy and can survive under conditions in which mold cannot grow, such as in dry and harsh environments. These spores travel through outdoor and indoor air. When the mold spores land on a surface where moisture is present, mold can then start to grow.
Outdoors, molds play a role in the decomposition of organic matter such as dead trees, compost, and leaves. They are most common in damp, dark areas or areas of decomposing plant life. Indoors, mold is often found in basements or shower stalls. Indoor mold has the potential to cause health problems and can destroy surfaces and objects where it grows.
Mold Testing consists of a control sample taken on the exterior of the house, which tells us the amount of mold in the air as a basis to determine if the house has elevated levels of mold. Each inside mold air sample will cover approximately 1000 sq. ft. of indoor space, so if you have more than 1000 sq. ft. or multiple levels, multiple indoor samples will be required to cover all of the indoor space.
For air samples we draw through a trap which causes the particles to stick to a slide. The samples are sent overnight to the lab and results are provided at the end of the next day. The report details the different types of mold and levels along with a probable cause.
• Air Samples (minimum of 2 required). Each sample: $125.00
• Mold Carpet Cartridge $125.00
• Mold Swab $125.00
Contact us today for pricing and to to make an appointment for mold testing in your home.