Mold testing by Anchor Home Inspections can help you determine if your home contains hidden black mold and other toxins that could put the health of your family in jeopardy. Our certified home inspectors give comprehensive mold inspections as an additional component to a whole home inspection and as a stand alone service.
Our certified home inspectors look for moisture in homes (the number #1 culprit for mold growth), but by ordering mold testing and mold sampling you can help find hidden sources that could impact your families health.
Protect yourself and your family from the damaging effects of excessive mold spores in the home with mold testing could not be easier.
What is Mold?
Mold uses spores to reproduce and only grows when there are high levels of moisture present. Mold can develop indoors, and when that happens it can be problematic to the home itself as well as the occupants living there. There are different kinds of mold, and some cause more health risk than others. Since mold spores cannot be seen with our eyes and travel through the air, it is important to test your home with mold spore traps if you have allergies or if you suspect there are high levels of moisture in your home.
Action Levels for Mold and Health Concerns
The Environmental Protection Agency has not currently set any standard levels or regulations concerning mold. Depending on the person, mold spores can cause allergic reactions and other health problems. If you see mold or even smell wet or dampness in an area that may be an indication that there is a mold problem.
It is rare and unusual to find black mold in houses, but it is not impossible. Black mold is not common, but when found can be seen as a health risk. If you have further concerns, it is recommended you contact the state health authority or local health departments.
What Types of Mold Dod We Test On?
1. Stand Alone Mold Inspection
Like a home inspection, we have certified inspectors to offer a standalone comprehensive mold home inspection. A stand alone mold inspection includes a comprehensive review of the home for mold and moisture related issues. Air spore samples are taken both inside and outside of the home to determine relative risk levels. Clients receive a Mold Lab Report and a Property Assessment Report along with a thorough lab report that describes the types of mold found in the home and the exposure levels for the occupants. Our inspection report identifies areas of the home conducive to moisture penetration and ideas on how to reduce the level of moisture entering the structure.
2. Mold Sampling
Mold sampling is only done while performing a whole home inspection. Your regular home inspection will identify key areas of concern for moisture penetration into the home, and the mold sampling will give evidence on the amount of mold spores found in the home at the time of the inspection. This evidence can be crucial when negotiating for repairs as there will be no question of whether there are mold spores are actively in the air or not. While general home inspections will only report on what is visually accessible at the time of the inspection, it’s extremely difficult to hide the presence of mold spores in the air. Obtaining mold spore sampling at the time of your general home inspection can reveal hidden areas of mold that would not be visually accessible, but could still impact the safety of your family.
How Does Mold Grow in Homes?
It isn’t possible to get kill of all mold spores in every area since it naturally grows in the environment. There will always be levels of mold spores in the air outdoors, but it is important to do what you can to reduce mold growth inside the home. Since mold grows when spores attach to wet areas, it is important to take steps to reduce it inside the home. Moisture causes the spores to grow and if your home is known to have that problem, there is a chance mold spores will grow. Mold can grow on any surface and cause damage to more than just the house structure. Your personal belongings and furnishings can be exposed to high amounts moisture and cause mold growth in those areas of the home as well.
Why Should I Choose Anchor Home Inspection To Inspect For Mold?
While there are some reputable companies that properly mitigate mold affordably, there are also a lot of companies that prey on new home buyers, causing them to spend a lot of money on unnecessary or ineffective mold treatment or mitigation.
At Anchor Home Inspection, we are Internachi Certified Home Inspectors. We are driven by the passion to help home buyers and their families make safe, financially sound, and environmentally friendly decisions. If there is a problem with mold in the home you want to buy, we won’t try to sell you unnecessary and ineffective treatment options. If there is a problem we will inform you of the necessary ways to fix the problem. Knowledge is power, and requesting a mold sampling in addition to your whole home inspection can help protect you and your family from the damaging effects of mold.
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