When buying a new home, getting a mold inspection should be a top priority. Mold inspections are a different process from typical housing inspections, and the cost varies depending on the square footage of your home.
A thorough mold inspection is a crucial starting point for any potential mold-related issues. Without mold testing, there’s no way to accurately determine how serious your mold problem is. Conducting a mold inspection will allow us to determine if you have mold, how serious it is, how to properly eliminate it, and how to prevent mold from returning. If you suspect you have mold in your home or are concerned about black mold or toxic mold, contact MCJ Home Inspection LLC today.
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What you should expect from your Mold Inspection
1. Visual Inspection – A thorough visual inspection is the starting point for every residential or commercial mold assessment. A certified inspector will identify conditions that promote mold growth.
2. Digital Documentation – Our mold inspector will prepare a detailed report documenting our findings through digital imaging. We will take photographs of all problem areas so you can see exactly what our inspector saw during the mold inspection.
3. Thermal Imaging – Thermal imaging cameras allow us to detect temperature differences in and behind building materials. This is important because damp or wet building materials are almost always cooler than dry materials. Thermal imaging is a crucial asset in the detection of moisture sources that cause mold growth.
4. Moisture Mapping – Since mold needs moisture to develop and grow, identifying the source of moisture is crucial. Moisture mapping allows us to locate building materials that are damp or wet enough to support mold growth. Testing for moisture also helps us determine if any water leaks are present and locate where the water damage begins and ends.
5. Airborne Mold Testing – A mold inspector may need to take air samples to determine if your indoor mold spore levels are higher than normal.
6. Surface Mold Testing – Surface testing with mold swabs or bio tape lifts will help us determine if mold is present, or if it’s just water staining. In many cases, surface testing isn’t necessary if mold growth is visibly obvious.
7. Inner Wall Mold Testing – When mold is suspected behind a wall or above a ceiling, those areas need to be tested. Today’s mold testing technologies and techniques allow mold inspectors to take air and surface samples from wall or ceiling voids without causing unnecessary damage to the property.
8. Mold Inspection Summary Report – Your mold inspector will present their findings in an easy to understand mold inspection report.
10. PRV Testing (Post Remediation Verification Testing) – Also referred to as clearance testing. This is a mold inspection after remediation is complete. Since we’re removing a bio hazard, it’s important to confirm that the job was completed correctly. PRV Testing will determine if cleanup efforts were successful or if further cleanup is required.