Mold Testing 

And How to read the results

After we test for Mold Our certified mold experts analyze the information and explain the mold testing reports to you in details and make their final recommendations as to if mold remediation is needed or not and how the mold should be treated.   

Reason to test for Mold

Testing can provide a baseline mold inspection that is essential to every home buyer and homeowner in Florida because not knowing there’s a problem doesn’t make it go away. The more information you have about a problem, the easier it is to deal with it.

  • For homebuyers in Florida who are concerned about mold when purchasing a new home. Mold testing is critical in areas where flooding from heavy rainfalls during hurricane season can cause potential damage. In such a big decision.
  • For verified mold assessment and verification of the need for mold remediation. Most insurance companies will not authorize mold remediation without providing proof of reliable testing.
  • Mold testing helps to create the justification and gives outlined protocol to follow for mold remediation. A testing company should be consulted to help define the necessary steps to fix an affected area for the Mold remediators.  
  • Testing helps identify the types of mold that are present in the home environment and gives detailed information about the various levels of each type of mold. Residents are often concerned if mold is related to symptoms they may be experiencing.
  • Sometimes mold is not visible within the home’s immediate visual structure but may be a cause for concern as a product of a water leak, or they can smell a musty or moldy odor.
  • In support of a legal case, such as, with a landlord and tenant situation, where scientific evidence is needed to support the legal action.

What does Mold lab test results mean?

There is currently no standardization of lab tests on mold testing. Since no standardization is set different labs may interpret the same samples differently. You could give several different people the same copy of lab test results for them to explain and you might get several different opinions as to the results. However, if you tell the several people what you want to find out from those results and explain what the visual assessment results were and some history of the building, such as, if it was recently in a flood, you are likely to get most of the people arriving at the same conclusion. Lab test results are meant to answer specific questions or prove or disprove a hypothesis that was formulated before collecting the samples. A clear objective for collecting the mold samples needs to be clarified before lab testing. There are  three common goals for collecting mold samples:

To find out if building materials or contents are colonized by mold...

is one of the main reasons for obtaining samples of mold. The mold may or may not be easily visible with the naked eyes depending on what stage of growth the mold is at and how the color of the mold compared to that of the material it’s growing on.

To learn whether the indoor environment has “normal and typical” types and amounts of airborne mold spores

Mold spores are found everywhere including indoors. Mold can become a problem when it grows indoors. Some molds that grow indoors, like the species of Stachybotrys and  Aspergillus are known to be highly toxic mycotoxins. These molds, when found in high numbers, can pose a health threat to the homeowners.

To find out if mold removal was effective is another reason for obtaining mold samples

Clearance testing helps make sure mold removal or remediation efforts were successful. After defining what the sampling objective is we must decide on the which types of samples, we need to collect. The types of samples gathered is determined by what kind of data you need to answer your questions or prove or disprove your hypothesis.

The Mold testing process

The mold inspection process begins with clients explaining their reasons or concerns for asking for test services from our certified mold inspectors.

  • A visual inspection by our qualified inspectors of each room will help find any microbial activity, signs of water damage, places where it looks as if moisture has intruded,  and places that smell of dank odors. Any suspicious areas may require to have readings from a moisture meter or a thermal imaging camera to be sure we have detected any moisture within the walls.
  • The visual inspection helps decide which rooms will require air samples to compare to an outdoor control sample to see if any elevated mold conditions exist. Further sampling and mold assessment may be needed to locate the source of any mold problem and determine if it has spread.
  • The completed report of your home inspection will come directly from the lab results and includes the different types of molds, how high their levels compared to “normal” levels from outside are. This is a legal and valid document.
  • A certified mold professional will then guide you through the post-inspection process if mold remediation is needed. Our mold inspection specialist will go over the detailed report with you, answer your questions, and let you know the steps required to fix your issues in the mold remediation process. The mold removal process will need to be appropriately done by professionals that know what they are doing in most cases.

What should you expect from the mold testing report

If you are available while the actual inspection is going on our professionally trained and licensed home inspectors will give you a first-hand walkthrough of their findings. In a few days, you will receive a written, unbiased, objective report that is very detailed so that you will know everything we found and what recommendations if any we had to remedy any problems we encountered.

In our report, we will list what was acceptable and identify any defects within the specific systems throughout the house. Our inspectors will try to address any questions and concerns you have about the house in our report. We will lay out a step-by-step plan of action for any remediation that we located during our inspection.

COREQ Mold Analysis

Phone Number:

(833) 668 – MOLD (6653)


902 Clint Moore Rd

Boca Raton, FL 33487