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Are you worried about black spots, wall discoloration or moisture build-up in your home? Do you notice an earthy, damp or musty smell in the basement? What about condensation on your walls and windows?

All of these are typical, yet often overlooked, signs of a mold problem. As a property owner, you need to be aware that black mold spreads easily and presents a danger to your health, so ignoring it is not a safe or effective solution.

Any evidence of mold should be looked at by a trained and experienced mold inspector, who will be able to take a mold test on site to confirm the presence of mold. He will also be able to inspect the affected area with a thermal imaging camera and to take moisture meter readings in order to identify potential moisture problems that are causing the mold growth. With all of this information, you will be provided with a detailed inspection report and, if needed, a scope of work and quote for mold removal.

Need a same-day mold inspection? Get an inspector fast either by calling or using our online chat, where there is always an agent available to book your appointments and answer customer questions.

Why Mold Busters?

Mold Busters was one of the first companies to offer specialized inspection, testing and remediation services for mold and mildew in the Ottawa and Montreal areas. For over 10 years, we have been providing homeowners, businesses and the public sector with professional mold services that are unparalelled in terms of quality, speed and customer service.

Our mold experts are certified with the National Association of Mold Professionals (NAMP) and the Régie du Bâtiment du Québec (RBQ). In addition, they have all completed thermal imaging courses and water damage restoration training. When it comes time for removing the mold, we strictly follow ANSI/IICRC S500 and S520 guidelines for mold remediation and water damage restoration.

At Mold Busters, we believe It’s not mold until it’s tested, meaning our mold inspections help you find out–through a certified lab–exactly what you’re up against. If you find black spots on your drywall, wooden materials, insulation, carpets or window frames, it is very likely that you have mold growing in your home. To be sure, you need to get the proper testing and inspection services.

Along with comprehensive visual assessments, we also offer infrared inspections and express mold and air quality testing.

So if you suspect mold growing in your home, don’t panic. Instead, book with Mold Busters today for same-day service and fast reports.

Why Get a Mold Home Inspection?
Why Get a Mold Home Inspection?

Common hot spots for toxic black mold

Black mold loves moisture and fibre-rich materials like paper, drywall, wood and fabrics. That’s why the following rooms are the most common places for mold growth:

  • Bathrooms
  • Basements
  • Attics
  • Kitchens
  • Cold storage rooms
  • Crawlspaces

Toxic black mold is not always easy to spot. It can form behind basement walls and underneath bathroom tiles, invisible to the unsuspecting occupant. But there are signs, which is why you need expert help.

How does a certified mold inspection work?

During a typical home inspection for mold, the inspector will:

  • Examine the area of concern,
  • Talk to the homeowner about the history of the building,
  • Measure moisture levels,
  • Perform a particle scan,
  • Locate potential sources of excess moisture,
  • Conduct additional mold tests, if necessary,
  • Evaluate the overall extent of the contamination, and
  • Develop a remediation strategy, if necessary.

 

What is the purpose of a mold test?

As mentioned above, during a mold assessment, homeowners are presented with the option of getting a mold or indoor air quality test. What is the point of this extra testing if you’re getting a professional inspection?

Indoor air quality tests are important for several reasons:

  1. They confirm the presence of mold
  2. They identify the exact species of mold and the concentrations in which it is found indoors

This information is essential to developing an effective mold removal strategy. Without it, remediation technicians would be going in to a job blind, not knowing what to expect.

Mold inspections are essential to home maintenance

Regularly checking your home for mold (for example, every spring when moisture intrusion is most likely to happen) can save you money by identifying sources of excess moisture early on, before they lead to costly water damage and toxic black mold.

In most cases, major problems in homes are revealed only after a certified mold inspection has been carried out. Commonly found issues include past flooding, leaking pipes and roofs, serious water damage, cracks in the foundation, poor ventilation, bad insulation and high humidity.

How mold is affecting real estate

As awareness about indoor air quality continues to rise, mold inspections are actually becoming more and more common in real estate as well. While almost all home buyers these days insist that a house pass a home inspection, a growing number of buyers are also starting to request mold inspections as a condition in their offers to purchase.

This comes as no surprise as regular home inspectors are NOT mold specialists. They will often identify any discoloration as mold automatically, without performing the proper testing and diagnostics.
 

How mold affects your health

Mold is one of the most common indoor air pollutants of homes, schools and office buildings; unfortunately, most people are mistakenly not as worried about mold as they are about carbon monoxide or radon.

The truth is that mold exposure–especially long-term exposure–can cause persistent and severe symptoms that can get in the way of your ability to lead a normal life.

As such, checking your indoor space regularly for signs of mold is both a precautionary and a remedial measure if you want to ensure good health.

At Mold Busters, our mold home inspections are fast and affordable so that money or time does not get in the way of your ability to lead a healthy life. Your satisfaction is guaranteed. So whether you’re in Ottawa or Montreal, call us today to book your mold inspection.