3 Reasons You May Need A Mold Inspection
There are many reasons to hire a mold inspector, but if you find yourself in any of these three situations, you should have a mold inspection right away.
Reason #1: Protecting Your Health
Are you getting sick in your home? Do you smell a moldy/musty odor? Do you see something that looks like mold? No one wants to get sick in their own home. Your home should be a place of rest and security.
If you seem to be chronically sick, notice that your asthma is worse at home, or realize that you feel better when you are away from your home, you may have a mold problem.
A mold inspection can determine if there is a mold problem, identify the appropriate solution, and get you on your way to feeling better in your home.
Reason #2: Water Damage Restoration
If you have a water damage event, you may want to verify that mold did not grow as a result. If your toilet, tub, or washing machine overflows, you may think you can simply mop up all the water. But what about the water that soaks into the subfloor or wicks up into the baseboards, drywall and wall studs?
If wet building materials are not dried quickly enough or discarded, then mold may begin to grow. Mold can grow undetected below flooring, inside wall cavities, or above ceilings. A mold inspection can determine if there is a mold problem that needs to be addressed due to a water damage event.
Reason #3: Buying a Home
Are you about to buy a house or investment property? Are you sure you are not about to acquire a mold problem from the previous owner? Although required by law, sellers do not always disclose previous mold or water damage issues during a real estate transaction. While most home inspectors will report mold they see through the course of their inspection, they aren’t going to go out of their way to find it and they aren’t going to take any responsibility for it.
Be especially wary of homes with a crawlspace or basement and homes that have been foreclosed on or sat vacant for a period of time. Stagnant, humid air can build up inside a vacant home, leading to a mold problem in an otherwise perfectly good house.
Don’t get stuck with an unforeseen mold remediation after the closing. Instead, consider a mold inspection prior to closing to identify potential mold problems. This will allow you to factor the cost of remediation into the purchase price. To learn more, see our post titled: When Home Inspection Misses the Mold.
How Branch Environmental Can Help
If any of these situations apply to you, our team can clear up your concerns. We perform mold inspections and remediations as part of our whole-home indoor air quality approach, and we’re happy to answer any questions that you may have.
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