How to tell if you need a mold inspection
In most cases, if you already see visible mold, then mold testing is unnecessary. If the area of mold is less than 10 square feet then a capable home or business owner can remediate the issue. However, areas larger than that size should be down by a professional that follows industry IICRC guidelines.
That being said, there are still many cases where people suspect a mold problem without seeing it. In those cases and others, the situation will usually warrant mold testing.
Here are 9 signs that you may need a mold inspection:
1. You have or suspect water damage – If your home or business has had any kind of water damage, it’s possible that mold could be present. Persistent moisture or moisture that gets trapped in building materials will likely produce a mold problem.
2. Musty smell – Musty smells are often one of the first signs of a mold problem. If you notice a musty smell in your home or business, it’s possible that mold is present.
3. Visible mold – We previously said that in cases where mold is visible you most likely don’t need an inspection. The caveat is if you suspect that’s also in other places that can’t easily see like in the attic, basement, or between walls.
4. You’ve had previous mold problems – If you’ve had mold in the past and the source of the problem was not rectified then it’s more likely that you’ll have mold again. A mold inspection can help to identify the source of the mold, so that it can be corrected.
5. You have allergies or other respiratory health problems – If you have allergies or respiratory issues, it’s possible that mold could be the cause. A mold inspection can help to confirm or rule out this possibility and give you peace of mind. Some common symptoms to mold exposure include runny nose, sneezing, headaches, and rashes.
6. You have pets – Pets can often be sensitive to mold, so if you notice that your pet is having health issues, it’s possible that mold could be the cause. An air quality test can help give you better insight into the indoor air quality of your home.
7. You’re selling or buying a home – Don’t let a last-minute mold discovery, kill a real estate transaction. It’s best to test for mold in your home before you sell it. Likewise, if you’re a buyer you can ask for a mold inspection to be sure there isn’t hidden mold growth in the home.
8. You live in an area with high humidity – High humidity can create the perfect environment for mold to grow. If you live in an area with high humidity, it’s important to be vigilant for signs of mold and to have a mold inspection if you suspect that there is a problem.
9. You’re a landlord or tenant – Renting out a home with mold can open you up to problems as a landlord. It’s best to get a full analysis and inspection before a tenant moves into your property.
If you notice any of these signs, it’s important to contact a professional mold inspector as soon as possible. Mold won’t go away on its own. The source of the mold needs to be corrected, along with a professional mold remediation process.
Mold Testing FAQs
Are home mold test kits accurate?
Mold is naturally present in nearly every environment, and at-home kits will collect the spores that settle into the dish. However, they generally do not measure airborne particles accurately. This makes it difficult to determine whether the mold spores you collect are from a dangerous indoor colony or just part of the outside environment. Hiring a professional mold testing company will give you a more accurate sample and picture of your air quality.
How long does mold testing take?
Samples are sent to a laboratory after the inspection and are usually available within 48 hours. Mold inspection companies will send you a detailed report with a copy of the lab results and recommendations.
What to do if your home test positive for mold?
If the presence of the mold is limited to a small space, homeowners can often remove the mold themselves, but in most cases, it’s advised to hire a mold removal company that will follow the guidelines that the mold inspector has written up in the report.
How much does mold testing cost?
Mold inspection and testing can cost anywhere from $300 to $900 depending on the location of your home and its square footage.
Air quality testing for mold, what is a safe level?
According to the CDC, there are no established health standards for acceptable levels of biological agents in indoor air. However, when there are elevated levels of certain mold species it’s best to have them removed. You can reference this mold spore level guide for information on excessive mold spore counts.
Professional Mold Testing Services
If you hire a professional mold inspector, look for one that is licensed and certified. We’re available for service in you live in South Florida – Broward, Palm Beach, or Miami Dade Counties. This includes the cities Boca Raton, Parkland, Delray Beach, and Boynton Beach.