Although mold often forms in very visual and obvious places, it can be very deceiving and it is well worth your while to get a formal inspection done. Mold treatment professionals deal with mold on a regular basis and know what to look out for which means they may identify areas of high risk that you have never noticed or thought about, and best of all – they can give you the right advice on what to do about it before it starts to cause any major structural or health issues in the home.
We’re often asked by potential customers what the process of a mold inspection entails, so we thought we’d explain. There are essentially six parts to the process:
The first thing your professional mold company reps will do is evaluate areas of your house where there is already mold growing. They’ll investigate the type of mold and determine what would be required to remove it. They may also take air samples in different rooms to see whether mold spores are actually in the air.
They’ll monitor the environmental variables in your house. Things like humidity and temperature are huge contributors to mold formation. By controlling this, especially in high risk areas, you can minimize the chances of it forming.
Identify moisture intrusions
An experienced professional from the company of your choice will go through your house looking for areas where moisture seems to be coming through. Areas in your roof, ceiling and certain walls can let small amounts of moisture through and these areas are prime locations for mold to grow, so they need to be checked.
Identify problem areas
While identifying these, they will also check the other areas of your house that they feel might be high risk. They’ll take a look in your bathrooms and laundry room to ensure there is good ventilation, and to make sure that none of the taps or pipes are leaking.
Provide photos of area
During the inspection, they will take photos of all their findings and record all the necessary information. The photos help make sure that you can correctly identify the areas of concern, and take the necessary action.
At the end of the day they’ll furnish you with a full report on their inspection. The report will include their findings of existing mold as well as areas and problems they feel you should address to prevent further mold forming. The report may also include lab results of existing mold, indicating the type of mold and possible problems stemming from it.
It’s pretty simple, and it could help save your health and your home, so if you think you have found a mold breakout in your home, you should definitely consider having a full inspection done – if not to locate other areas where mold might be growing out of sight, but also to check the mold you do know about to ensure there are no health risks associated with it.