When do you need mold testing?

Molds are fungi that thrive in damp and humid conditions and are commonly found in areas of the home such as bathrooms and basements. Mold is considered an allergy-causing substance and can release a toxin proven hazardous to human health. There are several incidences when you need a mold inspection done by a professional to protect the health of your family and maintain the value of your property.

Health Concerns
Hire a certified inspector if you have concerns that occupant’s health is being compromised by unseen mold. In a recent study, the Institute of Medicine found substantial evidence to link the presence of mold to upper respiratory infections, coughing, and breathing problems. There are also many studies that have tied mold exposure to the development of asthma in young children. Some people are extremely sensitive to mold and can develop severe reactions when exposed; Including fever and shortness of breath. If someone has seen a doctor about respiratory issues and the physician can’t seem to pinpoint the cause, your problem could be mold.

Real Estate Transactions
When buying a home, a mold testing should be conducted prior to contract. Purchasing a home with a mold problem can prove costly. Not only will the mold need to be removed, but you must resolve any underlying issues that are causing the mold. Before selling a home a mold test should be conducted to protect both you and the buyer.

Warning Signs of Mold
Not all molds are easily visible. Instead, you may find clues that let you know of the possible existence of mold in your home. Often, you can smell mold before you see it. Also, if you had any water issues in your house, those areas are prone to mold growth. During an inspection, the company will check around faucets, windows, and interior roofing to find where the mold could be growing.
Following a Mold Clean-Up

If you have previously found mold in your home and scheduled remediation to remove it, you should have a mold inspection afterwards. A final inspection will protect you determine if the mold has been removed.

By Amir Sachs | Posted in Mold Inspection