Interpreting Mold Inspection Reports

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| 2011 Jan 31 |
Interpreting Mold Inspection Reports

Did you know that having your home checked for mold is essential for maintaining good health?

Thoroughly inspecting your entire home, from top to bottom, is the best way to locate not-so-obvious problems that can lead to mold growth and that can eventually make your home unsafe for occupancy.

Bathroom Mold Inspection
A bathroom mold inspection reveals a nasty mold problem hidden behind baseboards.

Frequent or prolonged exposure to certain molds can lead to serious health problems as well as a decrease in your overall quality of life.

It can also trigger allergic reactions in sensitive individuals, particularly those with existent allergies or weakened immune systems.

So what should you do if you discover mold in your home? The first step is to get the problem inspected by a professional.

The difference between mold testing and mold inspections

You may be surprised to learn that a mold inspection and a mold test are not equal.

A mold test is just one part of the mold inspection process, which may or may not include a visual inspection, air quality testing, surface sampling and an infrared scan.

The inspector may also check the HVAC system, ceiling, drywall, plumbing and other parts of your house that may be causing the mold problem.

Moreover, the goal of a mold inspection is not just to give you a yes-or-no answer about your mold problem, but rather to give the inspector an opportunity to assess the situation, to evaluate the extent of the problem and to prepare an effective mold remediation plan.

At the end of any Mold Busters inspection, a detailed report is given to the property owner, outlining the major findings of the inspection as well as the recommended course of action. This report is the homeowner’s key to making the right decision.