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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 Company?

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, fast reports and affordable cost.

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 temperature, humidity and 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 and quote, if necessary.

Mold Inspection Checklist

mold inspection checklist
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 in Ottawa or Montreal 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:

1. Moisture

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.

2. 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.

3. Exterior

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.

4. Unfinished Basements

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.

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.

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.

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.

Why Mold Inspection is Important Before Buying a Home?

9 reasons to get mold inspection
Moving into a new house should be an exciting time in your life. But you shouldn’t let these happy emotions cloud your judgement. To avoid making a decision that you’ll later regret, be vigilant and don’t rush into buying because you could miss huge and costly problems.

One of the most common issues found during a home inspection is mold.

Not familiar with mold?

Here are some basics. Mold encompasses many different species of fungi that come in various shapes and colours. They thrive in damp, dark places and feed off of cellulose-rich materials like wood, cardboard and drywall.
Some types of mold are toxic while others cause allergies; however, all molds can affect the structural soundness of your building, the quality of your indoor air and thus your overall health.

Where does mold grow in a house?

  • Typically, mold is found around wet, damp or humid conditions, such as in bathrooms, in basements (which are prone to flooding) and around leaking pipes.
  • Wallboards, drywall, carpets, insulation, wooden beams and almost all construction materials can be a good place for mold to develop if there is a source of moisture nearby. Humidity is the reason that mold loves basements and crawlspaces.
  • Sometimes mold is visible to the naked eye, but many times it is not. In our experience, most times we find mold growing where there was no obvious, physical sign of it.
    Even home inspectors often don’t realize where mold could be hiding because they are not mold specialists. For this reason, it is important to invest not just in a home inspection, but also in a mold inspection if you are considering buying a home.

Still not convinced? Here are 9 more reasons to have a professional mold inspection before buying a home:

1. Protect your health

Mold can cause health problems, including rashes; seizures; respiratory problems; and severe fatigue in some people. Infants and toddlers, as well as the elderly, are very sensitive to mold and may experience much worse symptoms than the average person. A mold inspection before buying a house will reassure you about the air quality in your new place for you and your family.

2. Protect your investment

A new house will not only be your home, but it will also be one of the most important investments you will ever make. No wonder that buying a house is considered one of the most stressful events in life, even more than bankruptcy or divorce. It makes sense then to protect it from the start.

A professional mold inspection will ensure that you buy what you see; in other words, that there are no hidden mold problems that could cause significant expenses in the future.

In the long run, mold can and will eat away at construction materials and cause structural damage to a building. Because the underlying cause of all mold problems is moisture, mold will keep growing in the home until the cause of the moisture problem (typically, a leaky pipe, flooding or foundation cracks) is addressed.

And if you look at the bottom line, fixing a moisture problem is most certainly more expensive than a mold inspection.
Mold Inspection Before Buying a Home

3. Catch condensation before it becomes problematic:

Condensation (yet another form of moisture) can develop as a result of temperature differences between the warm indoor air and cool surfaces like poorly insulated walls and floors. And as we already know, mold thrives in moist environments.

This difference in temperature causes the warm indoor air to cool to its dew point when it touches a cooler surface (i.e. an uninsulated wall). The result is condensation on the surface, which creates the perfect environment for mold to grow.

4. Get extra information that you may not get with a standard home inspection:

A standard home inspection is a non-intrusive survey of a property that does not always include a thorough check for mold. This is because a home inspector’s job is to assess the structural integrity of a house. As such, major problems like mold, which may lie hidden behind walls and therefore not be visible during the home inspection, can be easily missed.

Furthermore, home inspectors do not have mold-specific training, experience and certification. They cannot perform mold testing, comment about the extent of the mold problem or recommend a remediation plan because they are not mold experts.

5. Protect yourself as a buyer:

Unfortunately, there is no clear regulation that compels real estate agents to follow any specific action regarding the existence of mold in a house. Even if they suspect its presence, they are not mold experts and are therefore not the best people to rely on for advice.
As a buyer, you need to be cautious, especially because sometimes sellers will try to hide information related to previous mold or water-related problems in order to get a higher price.
Mold Inspection Before Buying a Home

6. Some things people just don’t like to talk about…

Home buyers will often talk to their potential neighbours about a home they’re interested in. However, let’s be honest, mold is not a good conversation piece. So while you may learn juicy details about the seller, you likely won’t hear anything about any prior mold problems.

7. Get the upper hand in negotiations:

If the mold inspection reveals the presence of mold, you as a buyer now have the upper hand. You can use this information to bargain down the price (to reflect the cost of mold remediation and repairs) and ultimately get a better deal.

8. Save yourself the trouble:

If you do find mold before becoming the owner, you can simply choose not to close the deal and keep looking for a house with a healthier environment.

But if you ever discover mold after purchasing the house, it will be virtually impossible to get the seller to pay for the work that would need to be done to clean the mold. Why? Because mold can develop as quickly as 48 hours in the right conditions. So, even if mold was there before the sale, it would be hard to prove (and you can bet that the seller will deny it).

The best way to avoid this kind of situation is to get a professional mold inspection before buying a home.

9. Save your relationships:

Dealing with a mold problem, especially after moving into a new home, is devastating and can take a toll on you and your family in many ways, not just financially.

In addition to having to pay for costly repairs, you also have to spend time and energy solving the issue, finding a contractor and dealing with toxic mold. Your health and your relationships are bound to suffer.

Refrain from putting a strain on a happy relationship with a mold inspection before the transaction is closed.
With all of these reasons in mind, we hope that you will approach the home-buying experience with an open, albeit cautious, mind. After all, it is one of the most exciting times in a person’s life!
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