Do I Really Need a Mold Inspection or Testing

Do i really need an inspection

Every home has a certain level of mold, and therefore mold spores in the air. The mold tends to grow in areas where there’s a high level of moisture, so those living near the coast are more likely to have mold in their homes. Rooms such as the kitchen, bathroom, and basement are more likely to contain mold, as are any areas that have recently flooded. While the appearance of mold changes depending upon the type, you can usually see little spots, or green and black growths on counters or walls. Mold can also hide in hard to see places, such as behind wallpaper or underneath laminate floor. In that case, a musty smell .

Health Hazards

While a tiny amount of mold is unnoticeable, a larger amount of mold can present serious health problems to those inside the home. The symptoms of mold exposure vary among individuals. While some may experience no side effects, others can have severe allergic reactions that could lead to death. The average individual will likely have an irritated throat, stuffed up sinuses, coughing, and eye or skin irritation. The longer you’re exposed to mold, the more damage it can do to your system. The Center for Disease Control has found several links between mold exposure and respiratory problems in children.

You Don’t Always Need an Inspection or Testing

If you can see mold, you don’t need to test for it. Instead, call a professional to remove the mold as soon as possible. Some people believe that in order to properly remove mold, the substance must be tested to determine what type of mold it is. This is false. The removal process is the same for all types of mold.

Inspections and testing fees should be expected if you cannot see any mold but do suspect there is an air quality problem, or where the source of respiratory symptoms are in question. Thorough visual inspections and/or testing by certified mold inspectors are very helpful.

There are some times when you will require an inspection to confirm the presence of a substance IS actually mold. Not all stains that appear to be mold are really mold. They could be simply normal discolorations due to the aging process of building materials.

When would be a good time to call for an inspection and/or testing?

  • The area smells musty. A musty smell in a humid area means there could be mold hidden somewhere beyond where you can see.
  • You’ve had plumbing issues. Mold grows where it’s humid; if there’s been a leak and the area has not been dried out and ventilated properly, there’s a chance mold will grow.
  • Showing symptoms of exposure to mold. Sometimes, a doctor will be unable to find a good reason why a patient may be exhibiting certain symptoms. If these symptoms are synonymous with exposure to mold, the doctor may suggest you get your home tested.

There are reasons to test for mold. However, if you have visible mold, save yourself the money and get it removed before testing.