Mold Testing

At The Healthy Abode Inc. we perform Mold Testing and Mold Inspection (both Initial and Clearance) and write Scopes of Work for mold remediation for building owners, property managers, contractors, disaster restoration firms and any other person or group who may require such a service in compliance with CCA-82.  We are fully insured and WSIB compliant.  Our reports are fully legal and certified.

Completed mold report as quick as 1 business day.

Contact us for an estimate, 416-901-7527.

Proudly providing Mold Testing and Inspection to the GTA and South-Western Ontario

Initial Meeting over Phone

When you contact The Healthy Abode Inc. regarding mold testing / mold inspection, we will knowledgeably answer all of your questions and provide you with a detailed account of our services, if requested.

Visual Inspection

A discussion regarding your mold concerns will assist in determining what testing may be required. A visual inspection of the property is performed in order to establish what areas ought to be sampled.

Our objective when doing a visual inspection is to identify the source(s) of moisture intrusion into your home as well as identify the possible existence of mold.

Pre-Inspection Report

Before beginning the visual inspection and mold testing we will ask some important questions about your home (this is considered the pre-inspection report.)

Professional Sampling

The Healthy Abode Inc. is qualified to perform any type of necessary sampling in your home. This includes the following sampling techniques, air, surface/bulk (swab/tape-lift) and dust sampling for mold testing. For these procedures, we only perform the necessary sampling and we only use professional equipment.

Purpose:

We will take at least 2 indoor samples (area(s) of concern, one per area of concern/floor) and one mandatory control sample taken just outside/or in an unaffected area of the building. This control sample is used as a point of comparison for all samples taken in the area of concern. The objective is to see if the samples indoors are in fact elevated in spore count when compared to the outdoor sample, or if they are similar. The air testing provides us with both quantity and identification of spores.

In addition to sampling, we will perform an inspection of the areas of concern, which includes using a thermal imaging camera, moisture meters, testing relative humidity.

Sampling sent to a Certified Third Party Laboratory

We submit our samples from your mold testing and inspection appointment to a third party laboratory. The turnaround time for the lab is 1-4 business days for all types of mold testing, including Air, Bulk & Swab. All of our samples are properly labeled and submitted with a Chain of Custody form, which allows us to trace possession of the sample form the point of collection to receipt from the lab. This maintains the integrity of your samples.

Written Report of the Results

The laboratory provides a detailed written report of the mold testing samples from your home. This includes the following information: spore identification (which identifies the type of mold found), spore description, certificate of mold analysis (which identifies the actual raw count and spore/m3 count.) This analysis allows us to determine if the levels of mold in your home are elevated or not.

In addition to the laboratory report, The Healthy Abode Inc. provides you with our own mold testing report that explains the lab mold testing report in further detail, as well as outlines all of our notes and observations, including photos and meter results, taken throughout our inspection of your home.

Verbal Explanation of the Reports

It is very important to us that you feel comfortable with both the laboratory and inspection reports. This is why we will discuss with you the results and attempt to explain them in a manner that satisfies your understanding. At this point we will answer any questions you may have regarding the mold testing, including providing recommendations. If necessary, we will put you in contact with a professional certified remediation firm.

Please note your results are confidential.

Verbal Explanation of the Reports

Once remediation has been performed, if necessary, we will come back to your home and take a final sample set, called Clearance Mold Testing or Post Remediation Verification Testing. This will verify that the proper removal of mold has in fact taken place, and reassure you that your home no longer possesses the health and structural threat of mold.

Sources / Health Risk: Mold

Generally, it should be noted that the most common symptoms from exposure to mold in indoor environments are runny nose, eye irritation, cough, congestion, aggravation of asthma, headache, flu-like symptoms, fatigue, and skin rash.  However, Not everyone experiences allergic reaction; the susceptibility to exposure varies with the individual’s genetic predisposition, age, state of health, and concurrent exposures.

People’s reaction to mold exposure is quite varied, and although anyone can be affected, some people may be more susceptible and at greater risk, including:
- Infants and children
- The elderly

  • Pregnant women
  • Individuals with respiratory conditions or allergies and asthma
  • Persons with weakened immune systems (e.g., chemotherapy patients, organ or bone marrow transplant recipients, and people with HIV infections or autoimmune diseases).
Mold Air Testing / Clearance Testing

Once remediation has been performed, if necessary, we will return to the property and take a final sample set, called Clearance Mold Testing or Post Remediation Verification Testing.  This will verify that the proper removal of mold has in fact taken place, and reassure you that your property no longer possesses the health and structural threat of mold.

Compliance

 

The OHSA sets out, in very general terms, the duties of employers and others to protect workers from health and safety hazards on the job.  These duties include:

taking all reasonable precautions to protect the health and safety of workers [clause 25(2)(h)]

ensuring that equipment, materials and protective equipment are maintained in good condition [clause 25(1)(b)]

providing information, instruction and supervision to protect worker health and safety [clause 25(2)(a)]

acquainting a worker or a person in authority over a worker with any hazard in the work and in the handling, storage, use, disposal and transport of any article, device, equipment or a biological, chemical or physical agent [clause 25(2)(d)]