Mold may not always be obvious or easy to spot especially if you don’t know where to look or what to look for. If you’re about to make a big investment, such as a new home, this could be a problem. How do you know if the property you want to purchase has a mold problem? Does a home inspection include mold testing? The answer, unfortunately, is no. Most home inspections do not include mold testing or air quality testing.
Luckily, professional mold inspection and removal companies, like Mold Busters, are there to help answer all of your mold-related questions. Getting a mold inspection before purchasing a home can help you avoid exposure to dangerous mold and bypass the extra costs associated with structural repairs. Even if you’re not thinking of or in the process of moving, getting a mold inspection can help you locate problems in your home that are potentially making you sick.
The following are a few things that a professional mold inspector will look for during an inspection:
Mold needs moisture to develop and grow. When searching for mold, the inspector will look in areas that have had previous moisture problems. If previous water damage was not cleaned up and dried properly, there is a high chance of mold growth in that area. Leaking pipes, water-damaged walls and carpets, gaps around windows or poorly insulated attics could all be places for mold to grow. If you have a roof leaks, this can cause mold to grow behind walls where it can’t be seen.
Air Quality Tests
If you are concerned about mold growing behind your walls, you can get an air test in the suspected area to determine if there is mold. This saves you from having to cut a hole in your wall to physically check if mold is there. An air quality test will also pick up on other mold spores present in the entire room, and multiple tests taken throughout the house can provide an accurate and reliable depiction of the state of your home.
A mold inspector can spot potentially problematic areas by examining the exterior of your home. For example, if the rain gutters on the outside of the home are undersized, not installed properly, or damaged, water will not be effectively directed away from the home and instead, it will seep into the walls or foundation. If there is a lot of mud caked on the walls of the home, this could be a sign that the gutters aren’t functioning properly (excess water leaks onto the ground, causing dirt to splash onto the side of the house). If this is the case, water also can make its way into the foundation of the home.
Unfinished basements are usually overlooked, considering people don’t spend a lot of time in them. However, if you notice staining or mineral deposits on your basement floor or walls, this is a sign of water damage, which can also be a sign of mold. his issue also could point to foundation and structural damage as well as wide spread mold throughout the home.