Mold Inspection in Portland, OR

Where is there mold in your house? The experts at Alpha Environmental will thoroughly inspect all areas of your home or building, including your attic, basement and crawl space. As a part of the inspection, we will also take into account moisture levels, which can indicate where mold may be a problem and need to be treated, even if it isn’t visible.

If you see or suspect mold growth inside your home, the first step in remedying the problem is scheduling an inspection. Our certified mold inspections can confirm whether mold is present, assess the size of the problem and diagnose the cause of the mold growth to help you prevent it from coming back after it’s removed.

What Is Involved in a Mold Assessment?

Mold is common in homes regardless of location, but it is especially prevalent in the Portland area thanks to our wet and humid climate. Mold grows easily on paper products, ceiling tiles and wood, but it can also grow on paint, dust, insulation, wallpaper and carpet, among other materials. This means that a proper mold assessment needs to be thorough to ensure any potential problem areas are found and remedied.

When it comes to inspections for mold, it’s important to work with a professional team that understands how buildings work – including where they leak – and what conditions create an ideal environment for mold to grow. In our more than 20 years of service to the Portland area, Alpha Environmental has become well-versed in where mold likes to hide and where moisture commonly collects.

Even if you can see mold and already know that it is present, inspections are still recommended to ensure the problem hasn’t spread to other areas of your home. Mold assessments can also help find the root of the problem, which will need to be identified and fixed to prevent recurring mold growth.

Our Mold Inspection Process

Once you’ve scheduled your certified mold inspection, one of our expert inspectors will come to your home to tour the premises. Here’s what you can expect during our visit:

  • Consultation: Before performing a visual inspection, we’ll talk with you about any areas where you’ve noticed mold growth or moisture. We’ll also ask about any past water damage to your home, such as flooding, leaks or broken pipes.
  • Visual inspection: We’ll search your home from top to bottom for signs of mold, including hard-to-reach areas such as attics, crawl spaces and HVAC systems. Because mold grows best in damp areas, we’ll pay special attention to any potential leaks around your roof, windows and pipes, looking for signs of water intrusion. We’ll also thoroughly inspect your bathrooms, kitchen, laundry room and other areas where moisture may be created for any ventilation problems.
  • Moisture survey: Our inspectors may use a specialized moisture meter to help us determine whether an area is wet or if moisture may be trapped in inaccessible areas, such as between walls or in your insulation. Aside from mold growth, a mold issue can cause structural damage to your home if it’s not detected and fixed.

Once we’re confident that we’ve analyzed every inch of your home, we’ll complete our mold assessment by discussing the findings with you and answering any questions you have. 

What Are Next Steps in the Mold Inspection Process?

Mold Testing

If our assessment finds that mold may be present in your home or business, the next step is mold testing. While an inspection can help to identify whether mold presence is possible, mold testing can determine the specific type(s) of mold that are growing inside your home (such as aspergillus, cladosporium and stachybotrys chartarum, or black mold), and the potential dangers they may pose. A professional mold test can also give us an estimate of how many mold spores are in the air, providing insight into the size of the problem. 

Mold Remediation

Regardless of the type, all mold should be removed as soon as possible to prevent further spread or damage to your home. Having a firm grasp of the situation will allow us to develop the remediation plan that best suits your home and environment.

Mold testing should also be repeated after mold remediation to make sure the mold was successfully removed.

Schedule a Certified Mold Inspection 

Whether you’ve found mold in your home or you’re looking for peace of mind during a home purchase, our certified inspections for mold can bring you the answers you need and help you avoid costly damage to your health or home down the road. Contact us today to schedule your mold assessment.

Frequently Asked Questions

A mold bid is free of charge.  An estimate based on an inspector’s or homeowners findings and will focus on those areas.  An inspection is an investigation or further investigation of the possibility of mold in a home or building and its potential cause.

There are technically over 250,000 known species of mold, all of which are considered allergens.  A person with a healthy immune system and no allergies will not be affected by low to moderate concentrations of mold. Each individual is different and will react differently.  Alpha cannot responsibly give concrete advice on potential health risks.

1 to 2 business days for tape lift and air samples. 2 weeks for a culturable sample.

Air Sample: $150 per sample with a minimum of two samples.  One indoor and one outdoor for a control.  Will tell airborne mold types and concentrations.  Mold air samples are mold specific, (do not identify other airborne particles).

Tape Lift Sample: $150 per sample.  Will identify the type of mold collected.

Bulk Samples: $150 per sample.

Yes, Alpha can improve ventilation and bathroom fan ducting issues in an attic.  Some issues regarding Attic design and the height of a structure may be beyond Alpha’s abilities but we can provide recommendations.  Mold growth caused by plumbing leaks, foundation issues or other building issues will have to be corrected by a general contractor.

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Why Choose Alpha Environmental

Our goal is to get the job done right while protecting our client. We are committed to ensuring you are safe in your residence, no matter what. We are fully licensed, bonded, insured, and here to help with all of your environmental needs.

Family Owned & Operated

We pride ourselves on strong company values that translate into service levels which go above and beyond average service providers

21+ Years Experience

For over two decades we've been doing the dirty work, serving residential and commercial customers in the greater Portland area

Care & Ownership

Our entire team is committed to ensuring your home or place of business is safe and every job gets done the right way

David D.
Lake Oswego, OR
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My wife and I experienced a hot water pipe busting in the crawlspace. It has been a total nightmare. However, Chris and his team provided expert quality care, with timeliness and the greatest degree of professionalism. I would HIGHLY recommend Alpha Enviornmental!
Zhanna S.
Beaverton, OR
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Can’t say enough about Alpha Environmental! Their costumer service is 10/10, they have really good systems in place, responsive, and professional. The gals in the scheduling department are always so kind! As a real estate agent, I use Alpha’s services numerous times a year. Either it’s for Mold bids, oil tank decommissioning, radon etc. They always do a fantastic job! Thank you for all the work you do!
Kristen L.
Portland, OR
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Wow where do I even begin?? We’re absolutely thrilled by the work Alpha has done for us and we’re eternally grateful to them for ridding our house of asbestos tile! They’re polite, kind, professional — from estimator Filo to manager Dame to Jake, Melvin and the other two guys on the crew (so sorry we didn’t get your names) — you guys are awesome and we so appreciate your help. Our house looks amazing. The peace of mind you’ve given us is priceless. We can’t thank you enough. We’ll certainly be in back in touch if we ever need any of your services again. Thank you thank you!!!
Jeff S.
Salem, OR
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Alpha environmental's employees were punctual, pleasant to work with and there services are reasonably priced. I highly recommend them because I would use them again in the future.
Lea C.
Tualatin, OR
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Took a water sample in for lead testing and they were so fast and helpful. Rodolfo was so nice and informative in explaining the testing and what it meant! Would definitely recommend everyone to go there and will go to them for any future needs!
Claire B.
Portland, OR
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Alpha environmental was extremely helpful in navigating me through the process of testing some leftover construction debris for asbestos so I could take it to the dump. Their office manager spent time with me on the phone discussing the options for sample collection, and was extremely friendly in answering my many questions. Sample drop off at the office was easy and the results even came back a few days earlier than expected. Will definitely return if I need more sampling done!
Jeff C.
Tigard, OR
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I would highly recommend anyone wanting, quick efficient services relating to environmental testing to check out Alpha Environmental. Not only was the staff friendly and responsive, but also professional! If I could 6 stars out of 5, I would!
Jotham P.
Portland, OR
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We used Alpha Environmental Services to conduct our home inspection, radon testing, sewer scope and oil tank decommissioning. Every part of their service was really professional. They took so many great photos of the house during the inspection and offered lots of explanation on what they found. Great team. Highly recommend!

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