Annual Mold Inspections: Healthy Home

If you live in a humid and warm area, it is a good idea to have an annual mold inspection performed on your home. Mold can form almost anywhere in your home, and when it does, it can be very dangerous to the health of your family members. It is very important to identify any mold growth in your home so you can get it treated quickly. Mold can cause allergic reactions, and several other health-related situations. When you schedule a mold inspection, it is important to choose the right type of inspection service.

What is Involved in a Mold Inspection?
A mold inspection involves some things. The mold inspector will do a complete inspection and identify any areas which need to be addressed. The inspector will not only identify and areas of mold growth but will also identify any areas that could pose a problem in the future. Common problem areas include odors, water damage, and any signs of fungal growth.
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The inspection should include both the interior and the exterior of the home.
Exterior Inspection
Exterior signs of water damage are also important because these can lead to mold growth. Anything that could cause a leak such as broken gutters, broken pipes, cracked foundation or cracked brickwork could result in a water damage that can lead to mold growth.
After first performing a visual check on both the exterior and the interior of the home, the mold inspector will then take measures of the moisture levels in the home’s walls at specific intervals of about every two feet. The inspector should pay close attention in certain areas such as around water heaters or under sinks. The inspector must carefully observe any place where water is present. The desired moisture measure is less than 15 percent.
Interior Inspection
If the mold inspector finds high moisture levels anywhere in the home, he will most likely recommend taking air samples in any areas of water damage or visible mold growth. The inspector will usually take more than one sample. They will take an air sample near where the mold is visible or near the area where mold growth is possible. The inspector will then take another sample outside.
The outside sample is used to determine which molds are commonly found in the air near the home. The outdoor sample is compared to the indoor sample to determine if the mold present inside differs from the common molds found in the area. This measurement can also determine if the mold growth inside is significantly higher than what is commonly found in the air.

Mold Testing

It will take up to four days to get the results of the samples. As soon as the mold inspector receives the results, they should call the homeowner and let them know if they have a mold problem. The mold inspector should be able to clearly articulate the results and discuss possible options with the homeowner.
If you live in a  warm climate, it is important to get an annual mold inspection. If you do have a mold infestation, you should get it treated as quickly as possible.  Check your insurance policy for coverage levels and if you have mold coverage, file a claim with the help of a licensed public adjuster.