Protect your home & health from damaging infestations

Since 1998, Mold Solutions & Inspections have been testing homes and commercial buildings in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware with our main objective always being focused on getting you a clearer picture of any potential unforeseen issues. We have performed thousands of mold inspections for general indoor air quality concerns, real estate purchases and court involved lawsuits with precision and detail that is second to none.

Our comprehensive testing methods allow us to draft safe and reliable remediation scopes if the presence of mold is discovered, all the while keeping the initial cost of said inspection affordable for any budget. Each of our inspectors are thoroughly trained and certified to perform any mold test, and can also assist you in identifying potential sources of moisture which could be the root cause of the growth. And since we are locally owned and operated, our number one priority is YOU. We are not a franchise in the pocket of the insurance company, nor are we aligned with any adjustment firm or realtor. Delivering you an unbiased comprehensive report is our promise, and the reason our level of integrity and professionalism is unmatched in the market.

Types of Inspections

Understanding the various types of inspections when dealing with mold will better assist you in coming to a decision on not only which type of inspection to chose, but also the limitations of each that could effect the results. As of today, there aren’t any protocol’s for contractors to follow when doing a Mold Inspection. This is the reason that too many companies in this business will treat a mold inspection more like a paycheck than a service to identify whether or not a home or business has mold growth. So let’s look into some various types of mold inspection services and show their pros and cons.

Air Sampling

Air Sampling is the use of a Bio-Pump which employs forced air to impact spores onto a collection media or cassette. Samples are generally best taken if visual, non-invasive examination reveals apparent mold growth or conditions that could lead to growth, such as moisture intrusion or water damage. Samples are laboratory tested and analyzed and will identify if mold is present, the type of mold and the spore counts against a control. A control is an outdoor sample taken at the inspection to measure the interior air against the outdoor air as a comparison.


  • Collection Medias or Cassettes are laboratory tested from accredited firms
  • High level of accuracy and detailed mold reports.
  • Fairly inexpensive against other forms of mold tests.
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  • Limited range or square foot coverage.
  • Multiple samples are needed for detailed analysis.
  • Limited to only collecting spores to which are airborne.

Surface Sampling

Surface sampling is a method of sampling a suspect area directly and then submitting that sample to a laboratory for results. Is can determine and identify molds actually growing on the surface sampled, as opposed to the mere presence of mold spores.


  • Great for sampling visible mold growth
  • Can reveal spores prior to becoming airborne.
  • Fairly inexpensive.


  • Only for visible suspect areas
  • Can not detect mold behind walls

Bacterial Swab Analysis

Bacterial Swabs are similar in procedure to other swab testings, but the swab itself isn’t sent to a lab. Rather, a handheld device gives an immediate reading once the swab is placed into the unit after the suspect area has been lifted. This is a great tool for food industry to insure surfaces being used on a daily basis are free from bacteria and employees are keeping up with their industry standard responsibilities.


  • Immediate Results
  • Inexpensive


  • Unable to Identify Molds
  • Unable to Separate Mold From Bacteria
  • No Lab Results

ERMI Testing

This test involves the analysis of a single sample of dust from a home. The sample is analyzed using mold-specific quantitative polymerase chain reaction (MSQPCR), a highly specific DNA- based method for quantifying mold species. A simple algorithm is used to calculate a ratio of water damage-related species to common indoor molds and the resulting score is called the Environmental Relative Moldiness Index or ERMI. The ERMI value is typically between -10 and 20.


  • Accuracy of analysis for the specific location taken.
  • Cost effective.


  • Doesn’t work well in new construction
  • Results can be skewed by “outside” dust/dirt in home
  • May miss potentially hidden issues behind walls
  • Retesting may take 4 to 6 weeks

Cavity Sampling

This method is the same as air sampling, but it used to test behind walls or in cavities. A hose is attached directly to the cassette and then inserted into the wall or cavity for direct area testing.


  • Samples collected allow to see if there is any potential growth in an unfrozen area.
  • Will determine if mold exists behind a wall where regular air testing might not be able to trap.


  • Holes made large enough for the hose to fit into will have to be later repaired by a third party company.

Petri/Test Plates

When exposed or opened, gravity will allow airborne mold spores to settle on the mold food placed on the plate. The plates are then closed and incubated from 3 to 7 days to see the mold rate and then analyzed.


  • Gives accurate details of the specific mold grown with the plate
  • Inexpensive


  • Inaccurate for cultivation of certain molds due to time lapses.
  • Can be cross-contaminated if used incorrectly
  • Placement can be off and thusly giving you inaccurate results.

Mold Dogs


  • Can smell both live and dormant molds
  • Able to locate sources within their reach.


  • Can only detect a handful of molds.
  • Not able to differentiate levels of molds.
  • Harmful to the health of the dog itself.
  • Inhumane and not a choice for most mold companies.

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Frequently Asked Question

This will depend on the size of your home, the total amount of areas needed to be sampled, and what type of inspection you need. Basic inspections can range from $400 to $600, whereas comprehensive testing for large homes or buildings could cost significantly more.

The most common reasons to get a mold test is if you have had water damage, humidity issues, are suffering from allergy like symptoms, had mold remediation completed to ensure its effectiveness, or when you are purchasing a new home.

Some symptoms of mold exposure are headaches, sneezing, runny or stuffy nose, cough and postnasal drip, itchy eyes, nose and throat, watery eyes, and dry, scaly skin. More serious side effects are coughing, wheezing, shortness of breath, chest tightness and asthma flare-ups.


Sandy LaSandy La
17:38 06 Mar 24
We cannot say enough great things about Joe and his whole crew. Professional, patient, thorough, and honest. Will hands down recommend this team of professionals for any remediation or inspections you may have!
Todd O'LearyTodd O'Leary
14:43 05 Mar 24
I can't recommend enough - Joe the owner was great at explaining everything in detail over the phone and really took extra time to make sure he was giving the best service possible.In addition to top notch customer service they were quick, clean, careful and very fairly priced. HIGHLY recommended if you have any mold issues.
Matthew ScobellMatthew Scobell
13:50 13 Jul 23
Joe is amazing. He is easily the most helpful and reliable person I've used for any kind of home services. He responds quickly to all my questions and goes above and beyond to help. I have a very old stone basement that is prone to water and humidity issues and I'm very grateful that I have Joe to help me out with it. I can't recommend him and MSI enough.
Joe TenutoJoe Tenuto
16:23 20 Sep 22
Alice DAlice D
23:11 10 Sep 21
After Ida left our basement floor soaked I called several businesses to try to get the remediation process started before the mold went out of control. Joe, the owner of MSI, called me back within the hour, explained that (understandably) they were very busy, but did arrange for someone to assess the damage that day. Joe kept in communication with me, promised he'd get me on the schedule within a couple of days, and did so. Joe and his team were professional, up-front and thorough. The service from MSI was exceptional. There are not many businesses that are still run this way.
Kevlin KauffmanKevlin Kauffman
12:12 02 Feb 21
Joe is the owner and truly cares about the quality of his work. Joe is professional, punctual, knowledgeable, honest, fair. Joe showed up on time and educated me on the whole process as he performed it. Joe personally called me when the results were in and explained the results. Thank goodness no mold was detected! I (and my friends and family) will be using MSI for all our mold issue!
Michelle HongMichelle Hong
15:32 27 Sep 20
I have called on Joe and his team at MSI three times over the past 7 years. Each time, they were prompt to respond, extremely professional, friendly, quick and thorough. This last time we had a water leak from our third floor bathroom that seeped down to our first floor kitchen. It actually was a great relief in the back of my mind to know that I already had a great contractor in mind. I emailed Joe at 4 am on a Sunday morning and he was on the phone with me by 10 am. He squeezed me into his calendar even though he was already booked solid from a hurricane that had blown through our region the previous week. He is just one of those people who you want to have on your speed dial as a homeowner, even if you hope never to have to use his services. Highly recommend him.