Mold Inspection and Detection Services

Professional Mold Inspection - Mold Busters

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 platform, 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

evidence of water intrusion
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

indoor air quality testing
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

Mud caked on the walls of the 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.

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.

Published: February 25, 2014, Updated: