MOLD INSPECTION

MOLD INSPECTION 2018-05-23T17:19:12+00:00

Do you think mold could be growing somewhere in your house? If so, you should conduct a mold inspection before it ends with your home and the health of your family.

There are two goals in an inspection. The first is to find where the mold is growing in your home. The second is to find the water problem that caused the appearance of fungi.

Why should you do a mold inspection?

The obvious reason to do a mold inspection is to think that you have a mold problem in your home. Even if you already know where mold grows in your home, it is a good idea to request a mold inspection, because often visible mold growth means that there is more mold growing somewhere out of sight.

Signs of fungus and moisture

Some of the common reasons to suspect that you might have a fungal and moisture problem include:

  • You are suffering from allergic symptoms
  • Note a musty smell
  • You have had a problem with water like: flooding, leaking pipes or leaking roof.

It is always better to hire a professional mold inspector to do an inspection for you. Thanks to the experience of Green Environmental Testing and our knowledge of the most common places where mold is hiding, you can be sure that if there is any mold in your home, we will find it.

We also use special equipment, such as humidity and fiber optic meters. This allows us to find hot spots where mold is most likely to be and look into the most hidden areas, such as behind walls. In this way they can find all the hidden mold without hardly disturbing your house.

History of water damage

When you have to prepare for a mold inspection it is important to think about the recent water problems you have had in your home.

When you hire us to do a mold inspection, it is a good idea to let us know about leaks, floods or any other moisture problems you have had in your home. That will give us clues about where mold is most likely to be found.

There may even have been water problems that you never heard about. Look for signs of moisture, such as bulging surfaces, water spots or peeling paint, to find the recent water problems that have caused mold growth.

We will also identify the areas with the greatest potential for water problems, such as where the pipes go, the exits of the air conditioning, roofs with possible leaks or places where water accumulates after a flood.

Find mold during inspection

If you want to do a quick mold inspection yourself before calling a professional, then you need to thoroughly look for mold in every room in your home, including the attic and the basement.

Special attention should be paid to areas near the water outlets, such as near the shower or bathtub, washbasins or pipes. You should check with special care the areas that have had some problem of humidity. When you look for mold, if you find any water leaks, this can tell you where the mold is growing.

Some of the most common places where mold often grows are substances with a high cellulose content, such as drywall, under carpets, in insulation or in ventilation ducts.

Hidden mold

If you can not see the mold in a room, this does not mean there is nothing there. Mold often grows hidden from view behind walls, above ceilings, under the floor or in air conditioning ducts. If you find small patches of mold on a surface, this could mean that there is a much larger mold colony growing hidden on the other side. Don’t risk it and call an inspector. We can help you be safe.

In addition to using the eyes, pay attention to the smells. The smell of a mold colony can help you narrow the area where mold is hiding. Any health problems you notice when you are in certain areas of your home can also alert you to the presence of mold nearby. Symptoms such as sneezing and pain in the eyes or tearing may be telltale signs of mold growth nearby.

Do not alter the mold

If you find large areas of mold during the inspection, be careful not to disturb them, if possible, as this can spread spores or mycotoxins throughout your home. Large mold colonies should only be altered once adequate containment has been put in place during rehabilitation. We have the adequate equipment to do the job while keeping you and your family safe.

Recognizing mold

Sometimes you can find something similar to mold, but it could really be dark soot or just dirty stains. Look closely to make sure it is mold, altering it minimally if necessary to physically examine it.

If you are not sure, we recommend to call a professional. In Green Environmental Testing, we can set an appointment to help you. The tests can also be useful if for some reason, you want to identify the mold species you have found in your home.

Find water problems

The second stage of the inspection after finding mold is finding the moisture problem that caused the mold. There is no point in bothering to find and eliminate mold in your house

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