What is mold and when to inspect for mold?
Mold is a fungus that grows in damp environments and can be found both inside and outside your home. Mold produces spores that float through the air as it grows. These spores are normally innocuous in little amounts, but when they land on a moist surface, they multiply and become more hazardous (dependent on the strain of mold). Growing mold in the correct atmosphere has the potential to spread further into your home, causing damage, health risks, and costly repairs.
Mold, on the other hand, cannot thrive in the absence of moisture. Homeowners and homebuyers can take preventative measures to limit the danger of mold formation by keeping their homes dry. Early action to remove moisture and provide good ventilation in the kitchen, bathroom, and laundry room can prevent mold growth.
When to inspect:
One advantage of mold is that you can see it. Mold developing and spreading spores in the crevices and corners of your walls is a sure sign that it is growing and spreading spores. Remember that mold can grow in places you can’t see, like your ducts or between your walls. It may also establish colonies that are so small that they are invisible to the naked eye.
A few circumstances should prompt you to investigate any mold issues in your home.
- There has been water damage. You should check for mold if your basement flooded, your roof leaked, or a busted pipe sprayed water all over your kitchen. Mold can infect any area that has been moist and has not been dried rapidly (within 24 to 48 hours).
- Buying a new house. There’s no way of knowing what kind of water damage may have occurred in the home you’re considering purchasing. A mold inspection is the only way to find out if mold is present.
- After a home has been vacant for a period of time. Humidity may have built up inside a house that has been closed up and abandoned for months or years, causing mold to grow. This is a particular issue in hotter climates with high humidity.
- Following mold removal. If you’ve gone through the often costly and time-consuming process of dealing with a mold problem, frequent mold inspections are a smart idea to ensure you’ve completely eradicated the problem.
- Mold is visible. If you discover something green, blue, black, or white developing in your home, conduct a mold check to ensure that you have found everything. It may not be limited to a single location.
Mold Inspection vs. Mold Testing: What’s the Difference?
The home inspector or mold inspector does a visual evaluation of the residence during the mold inspection. The inspector will also discuss any water damage, leaks, moisture issues, or areas of mold that have already been detected with the homeowner.
Mold testing is done in a laboratory using samples collected during the mold inspection. The gathered materials are evaluated under precisely regulated settings. Mold varieties are recognized, as well as the number of mold spores circulating in the home’s air. Mold testing may be included as part of some mold inspections.
During a mold inspection, what happens?
The inspector will start by looking for any areas that have already been exposed to mold. They will also do a visual assessment of the rest of the house, paying special attention to locations where mold is known to form.
To identify the presence of moisture in drywall or other inaccessible regions, the house inspector may utilize moisture meters or an infrared camera. It’s also possible to figure out where the moisture comes from. This will aid in the development of a solution to the problem.
After that, the inspector will make a recommendation. The first step in the approach is to address the moisture issue. The source may have been detected by the home inspector (a leaky roof, for example), or more inquiry may be required. Attempting to remove mold without addressing the moisture issue is futile since the mold will simply return over time.
You may be able to tackle the cleanup alone if the mold does not affect a wide area. A mold cleanup specialist is recommended if it contaminates a wider area. The professionals will be equipped with the necessary safety gear and equipment to complete the task safely and correctly.
CPR24 Restoration is a full-service mold remediation company and more. We offer our services all over the Greater Toronto Area. Our skilled technicians will give you a proper home inspection to reveal if there is a presence of mold and what types of mold have developed. Call us today or whenever you might need our assistance at (416) 551-8287 or email at [email protected].