A mold inspection generally takes several steps to complete. Mold is usually found in damper areas of the home, such as the basement, crawl space or bathroom, but it can also be found where there is constant moisture. Usually, improper drainage, leakage or high humidity causes mold infestations. If you begin to smell a musty odor, or you otherwise suspect you have a mold infestation, getting a mold inspection done may be your first line of defense to ensure both the safety of your family but also that further damage is not done to the home. A mold inspection will figure out exactly where the mold is, what kind of mold it is, and also the causes and potential solutions to the issue. Springfield Missouri
Usually, a homeowner has a couple of options when it comes to mold inspection and tests. There are a number of tester kits out there that you can find at either home improvement stores or on the internet. However, these do not usually provide the sort of report that you may be needing when faced with a mold problem. There will be many questions that you have, which can usually only be answered by someone professionally trained to deal with mold and mold related issues. Getting an inspection done by a professional will not only assure you that the tests are done properly, but also, give you the answers you need to be able to have a complete inspection and also find out what your options may be.
You can also have a mold inspection included in a routine home inspection. Make sure though that the person doing the inspection is certified to do those sort of inspections because not all home inspectors are, and this is information you will have to verify yourself. If you only want a mold inspection done, it is usually best to go with someone who is certified and very experienced in the field.
Understand that mold does need moisture to develop and to grow. During the inspection you will find that the inspector examines not only the problem areas that would promote mold growth but will also check the foundation for leakage, any drainage issues, air quality and humidity levels. This will be added to samples of visible mold, and the inspector will have the different tools needed to look for and inspect mold that may be hiding in duct work and behind walls.
One the inspection has been done, the inspector will tell you the results and discuss the report with you. Any questions you may have, you should ask at this time. Inspectors will usually help you to identify the causes of the mold in your home and how it is best to go about removing the mold itself, but also repairing the causes. The written report will tell you all of the methods that have been used in the location of the mold, determining the cause, and what recommendations they may have for you in dealing with it. Usually, a mold inspector does not clean the mold at this time but many out there offer comprehensive services that will involve not only inspection but remediation as well.