FAQ’s – Mold Inspections

1I see a bit of mold in my home. Why do I need testing done?
It is important to determine the source of the mold. What you may looking is a small area of mold, but it could be lot worse because most of it might be concealed (hidden behind the drywalled areas of the home). And remember, mold may present as a HEALTH HAZARD
2Do I need Air Testing?
Indoor Air Quality Testing will identify what you are breathing in your home. It could be hidden toxic mold that is causing you health problems. Our air quality testing will also let you know if there are other fungal and bacterial issues that you need to be concerned about.
3I have black toxic mold in my home. I am very concerned
This is one of the main question I get from my clients who express concerns about health issues. We read too much and our industry is full of scare tactics. There is a lot of misinformation about mold. The color of mold cannot tell you whether is is toxic or not. Unless samples are taken and tested in a lab , it will be premature to judge whether it is toxic or not.
4I am unsure a past mold clean up job was done properly. Can this be tested?
Yes, we can take air/surface samples to analyze to see if elevated levels of mold remain in the air. This will normally flag improperly completed mold clean – up work. If the area remediated is accessible, we can also inspect it
5What is thermal imaging and why is it part of the mold inspection?
Thermal imaging is the use of an infrared camera that is a fast, non-invasive method to discover moisture intrusion and condensation problems within a building. We can identify materials with moisture problems even when hidden. It allows us to see what the naked eye cannot. Since most indoor moisture problems will result in mold, it is important to detect and remove the source of moisture in a building
6Will I receive a report?
Yes, you will receive a detailed and easy to understand report that outlines the results of the visual observations, testing information, diagnostic data and recommendations. Our turn-around time is quick.
7Can my Indoor Air Quality inspection report be sent to a third party?
The results of your mold inspection or testing are 100% confidential. We do not release your report or any information about your building to anyone without your written approval
8How do I book a mold inspection or testing service with Arch Home Inspections?
Call us at (778) 552-8095 to talk to us. Alternatively, send us an e-mail at archinspects@gmail.com and we will be happy to answer any questions or queries.
9Easy Mold Prevention Tips
Ensure adequate ventilation in the home. This includes opening your windows and turn on exhaust in kitchen and bathrooms long enough. Avoid using carpets in bathrooms, kitchen, laundry rooms etc. These are areas where there is high level of moisture. Dry out wet areas within 24-48 hours to prevent mold growth. If there is a leak, find the source and fix it quickly
10What Kind of Air Testing Do you Offer
We currently offer the following: Indoor Air Quality Testing ( to check for Mold and Allergens). Formaldehyde Testing VOC Testing
11What is Formaldehyde and why get it tested?
Formaldehyde is a chemical used in some building materials. It may be present in your home such as flooring and cabinets. Formaldehyde is known to cause cancer and increased risk of asthma and allergies in children. There is quite a bit of information you can get online from Health Canada website. By getting your home tested, you will be in a better position to understand and take the necessary precautions for your family and you.
12I see you also test for VOC's. What's that?
Volatie Organic Compounds (VOCs) are a large group of chemicals that are present in indoor and outdoor air. Some have an odour while others do not. High levels of VOC's may cause health effects at long term exposure. There is a lot of information on Health Canada website- so do read it up. By getting it tested, you will have a better understanding of your Indoor Air Quality.