If you have been suffering from mold symptoms, you will want to schedule a mold inspection for your home. The presence of mold can be toxic to both people and animals and is responsible for many diseases. Mild to severe respiratory problems, including asthma and sinus infections, are caused by exposure to mold spores. Mold inspection is necessary when you suspect mold in your home. A thorough mold inspection of all rooms in your home is the best prevention. This inspection will inform you if there are problems with your home and help you determine if any repairs need to be made.
Many mold inspectors specialize in the inspection of mold. The services offered by these mold inspectors include:
Determining the source of moisture in a room.
Identifying species of mold.
Testing for resistance to cleaning chemicals.
Evaluating radon levels in indoor air quality and assessing for structural damage.
Depending on your circumstances, a mold inspection may be the first step in dealing with the problem. A professional appraisal may be necessary if your home is currently rated as “low risk” for mold infiltration. An inspection conducted before any demolition of the home is highly recommended.
If you have just moved into your new home or have purchased a home that has just been built, then it’s likely that you will have mold testing done. This is not a problem that should deter you from moving into a new home. Many inspections are free or cost very little. Even if your new home is “high risk,” obtaining a mold inspection costs less than three hundred dollars. Mold inspections on homes that have already been built can be costly. The cost of removing mold and drywall covering will be even more.
There are many benefits to mold inspection and remediation. If there is visible mold growth, the moisture levels must be addressed. If the mold issue is not resolved, the damp areas must be sealed off from the rest of the house so that the mold growth does not spread to other house areas. A certified mold inspection specialist will assess the damage and recommend a remediation plan that addresses both the moisture issues and mold growth.
In many cases, visible mold may be only the beginning of a mold problem. In these cases, mold removal clearance testing will be required before the home is deemed safe to occupy. Often, mold inspection professionals will use special instruments to identify all areas of concern visually. If the building is being sold, the inspector can also use a sellers’ history to determine whether previous owners had any health problems and current occupants were allergic to mold.
In all cases, it is essential to address moisture concerns as soon as possible. Water damage and humidity will cause most mold to grow. However, the mold may have originated from water damage or humidity issues years ago in some cases. In these cases, it is essential to locate the source of the water damage to be addressed and removed before a new home is occupied. A mold inspection specialist can help with this process.