Professional Mold Inspection and Testing
Inspecting a Home For Mold Before Buying
If you’re buying a new home, home inspections will be a major part of the process. Before you put down thousands on a house, you, and your lenders, want to be sure it’s in tip top shape. While you may be familiar with general inspections of the roof and foundation, there is another aspect of home safety you might not have considered, but one that could prove costly if overlooked: mold damage.
Unfortunately, typical home inspections don’t include thorough checks for mold and the excessive moisture which could lead to mold. While the inspector might note any obvious discoloration, water damage, and other blatant signs of a mold problem, he won’t do a thorough check to ensure the property isn’t at risk. To have your future home properly inspected for mold, you’ll have to hire a water damage and mold expert.
Why have a mold inspection?
Aside from the unsightly black, green, or brown staining mold leaves in its wake, it can also indicate much more serious problems for a home.
It compromises air quality: Mold spores cause allergy symptoms for many, and when severe, it can cause more severe respiratory distress. This isn’t healthy for anyone, but it is particularly dangerous for infants and young children who have fragile lungs. It’s also potentially harmful for those with asthma and other preexisting lung conditions.
Even if you don’t have a condition, however, mold is still a pain to deal with when in excess. You might experience trouble breathing, watery eyes, congestion, runny nose, and other allergy related symptoms if exposed to a high mold count indoors.
Mold can indicate structural problems: Excessive mold in a home is often indicative of a much larger problem in the building’s integrity. In some cases this will be a simple fix, like mold caused by moisture in the bathroom where there isn’t a working exhaust fan. Other times, it can signal more serious problems, such as a leaky roof or frequent flooding in or around basements. These problems not only lead to mold growth, but over time, they can damage the building itself and compromise the safety of inhabitants.
What will a mold inspector look for?
A good water damage and mold inspector will check for several things. For one, he will do air quality testing in the home to measure levels of mold and other potential contaminants. He’ll also check for obvious signs of mold, and ensure that there is no water damage, especially in vulnerable areas around pipes, on the roof, and in basements. Some mold specialists also offer cleanup and repair to remedy any water damage or mold related issues, should you decide to go through with the sale in the event mold is found.