Testing for mold can give you peace of mind and allow you to make an informed decision regarding your home purchase.  Front Gate offers three types of mold testing services to best meet our clients' needs and budget.  Our goal is to provide you with unbiased information to allow you to make smart decisions.  To avoid any potential conflict of interest, Front Gate does not offer or perform any mold remediation services .

Our most requested service is a limited sampling.  This service is appropriate when a potential mold growth is detected by sight or smell.  The service includes taking one air sample outdoors to establish a baseline and a second air sample in the area where the mold is suspected.  A swab or lift sample of the suspected mold will also be taken.  The client or client’s representative must be present to point out the suspected mold.  The conditions contributing to the mold growth in the suspect area will also be evaluated. 

The second service we offer is mold screening.  This service provides an assessment of the entire house, identification of any ‘red flag’ areas and limited sampling.  The service includes lab analysis of the samples taken and a report on conditions noted which contribute to microbial growth.  Up to four mold samples are included with this service, one air sample outdoors to establish a baseline and a second air sample indoors.  Additional samples may include air, swab or lifts.

After mold remediation has been performed, clearance testing is recommended.  This service includes an inspection within the containment area for signs of visible mold and typically requires up to four mold samples per containment area, three air samples and one swab or lift sample as needed.  An air sample is taken in the containment area where the mold remediation was done; another air sample is taken immediately outside of the containment area and a third air sample is taken outside of the house as a control.

* Additional sampling is available at a per-sample cost. Basic services are limited in scope and do not include evaluation or testing of areas of the house not specifically contracted for and/or specifications or requirements to effectively remediate.  Further testing and evaluation may be recommended.

Mold on framing and drywall in a basementMold growing on a door to the basement.  This mold is the result of a flood which occurred when the sump pump failed.  The house vacant and the flood was not attended to for many days.Flowering mold or fungusEquipment used to take an air sample which will be analyzed by a lab for moldMold growing in a closetMold growing behind a mirror was not readily visible before removing the mirror tileMold growing behind paneling installed over drywallA air sample is being taken inside of a wall cavityMold on floor joists in the basement.  Note the gray color.  Contrary to popular belief, the color of the mold is not an indicator of whether the mold is a problem or not.Mold on rafters in an attic.  Generally, when mold is present on rafters, but not on the plywood sheathing it is likely that the mold was present since the time of construction and is not actively growing.Mold on plywood roof sheathing likely is growing in the attic due to excessive moisture and lack of ventilation in the attic.  Excessive moisture and consequently mold growth typically will occur during the winter.Mold in a kitchen cabinet below the sink.  In this particular case, additional mold was discovered when the cabinet was removed.