mold inspection guide

Is That Black Mold? A Guide to Mold Inspections

It is never a bad idea to have a mold inspection done before buying a new home. If you spot mold in your existing home, you can run a couple of tests to identify the presence or type of mold. The size of your home will determine the cost of the inspection. 

Here is the 4-1-1 on Mold

Mold gravitates to the moist places in your home, like the bathroom, basement, or anywhere that has potentially flooded. It is a fungus that emits spores until they find a place to land. It would be nearly impossible to remove all the spores in your home. Just make sure that your house stays dry to avoid the continual spreading of the mold spores. 

Time for Mold Inspection

For many, allergies begin to flare up when mold is present in the home. That might signal that it is time to check the house for mold. Other reasons to check for mold would be:

  • When you spot a section of mold, the bathroom might begin to have mold after a lot of long, steam-filled showers with no ventilation.
  • If there was recent water damage or flooding. Maybe the basement flooded, or a pipe burst you did not know about. 
  • When purchasing a new home, you may not know the full history until you have a mold inspection done. 
  • After a house has sat unoccupied for months or years, humidity can build up inside the home, especially if you live in a warmer climate. 
  • After mold remediation, it is not a bad idea to continue checking for mold after it has been removed. 

Inspection vs. Testing

There are two questions one should ask when it comes to mold. Mold inspection asks if mold is present, while mold testing asks what type of mold it is. However, many contributing factors can affect test results. It is best to contact a professional to conduct these types of tests. Always look for a contractor with experience in mold inspection and remediation. 

For the most part, there is no special equipment involved in a mold inspection. Some inspectors might use a moisture meter if there is a particularly wet area. Places prone to mold growth are typically the first to be checked.  

Mold Be Gone

Now comes the most important question: how do you prevent mold? The best way to prevent mold involves a few housekeeping tasks. 

  • Don’t wait to fix leaks. This gives mold a head start. 
  • Clean up the right way. Don’t cut corners when cleaning up after a flood or burst pipe. Make sure to dry everything within 24-48 hours. 
  • Control your house’s humidity. Make sure vents have been installed in places like the bathroom or kitchen. Run a dehumidifier in the basement.  

Remember: mold needs moisture to grow. Make sure you are keeping your house dry and checking for mold often. If you recently purchased a new home or thought you spotted mold, call HS Restoration and request a mold inspection today.