The only way to properly identify mold is through a mold testing that’s performed by professionals. It’s a dangerous toxin and should be removed as soon as it’s discovered. This means that if you suspect mold, you should call a service provider like us, Brothers in Grime, for immediate testing. With the use of thermal imaging equipment, testing shows how much moisture is present in your home and where mold is hidden. However, there’s more to the mold inspection process than just testing. Below are four things to expect during a mold inspection.
Measure Humidity Levels
High humidity is a major cause of moisture problems in a home. So, during a mold inspection, your inspector will check the relative humidity and temperature in every room. Higher humidity levels in certain rooms could indicate the presence of mold, so most likely, the inspector will test rooms with the highest humidity levels more than once.
Look for Visual Signs of Mold
A mold inspector will check every part of your home for mold. In fact, they’ll examine the exterior walls and other structures for visual signs of mold before they even enter the building. Even the drainage system and landscape will be inspected for seepage to check if the water is flowing away from or towards your home. Fascia, eaves and drain spouts will also be inspected to determine if there are any areas where water could enter your property. This is all to rule out any external sources of moisture.
After the exterior inspection, the interior of your home will be checked for visual signs of mold. The inspector will check for water stains, window condensation and mold spore collection on the walls, the ceiling, behind baseboards, underneath sinks, behind appliances and more.
Inspectors ask lots of questions because questions help with the inspection and removal processes. You must answer important questions about any events that may have led to mold growth, the history of your home and the health of all occupants. This will help the inspector better assess the potential for mold growth and origins of moisture. Remediation can’t begin until the underlying issues are fixed. For example, a malfunctioning sump pump that’s causing water backup will need to be replaced before the mold removal process can begin.
Take Samples from Possible Infested Areas
During this step in the process, the inspector takes tape or swab samples. They’ll also recommend an IAQ (Indoor Air Quality) test to measure the spore count in your home compared to the count outside. The samples from these tests are sent to a third-party lab for evaluation. If the lab finds high levels of mold spores, the inspector will initiate the removal process. If you suspect mold, don’t delay! Contact Brothers in Grime to perform a thorough mold testing and removal.