A common Frequently Asked Question is when do you need to test your home for mold. The answer is going to depend on a couple of different factors. First, the only way to be certain if there is mold growth in your home is to perform a mold test with air samples. The mold inspection consists of a visual examination of any areas of concern along with the air samples. The average cost of a mold inspection with air samples is between $300-$400 for the average home. The cost can increase due to the home being over 3,000 SF or if there are multiple areas of concern.
At Home Shield Environmental we offer our Mold Inspection for a base price of $325 which includes two air samples. We always take a minimum of two air samples. One sample is taken outside as a control and the other sample will be taken inside the home. When you test your home for mold the air samples will provide information on the amount and type of mold in the home.
Do you think there is possible mold growth in your home? Have you experienced recent water damage? If so, the best decision you can make is to hire a professional to perform a mold inspection. Time is of the essence when dealing with a potential mold problem. Above all, mold can cause structural damage and impact the health of the occupants living in the home. Performing a mold inspection can also save you money because mold remediations cost thousands of dollars. Another reason to hire a professional inspector is because of the tools that can be utilized to detect moisture.
When you hire a professional inspector they will conduct a visual inspection. Therefore, Moisture Meters are a great tool to inspect for signs of moisture intrusion. They can help detect where the source of the mold growth could be present in the home.
Infrared Thermometers are similarly utilized during a mold inspection to check for any temperature differential in the home. This will help locate areas that could be related to moisture intrusion and mold growth.
Let’s go back to the question of When Do You Need To Test Your Home & have a mold inspector come in? If any combination of the following issues is present in the home you should Schedule a Mold Inspection as soon as possible. Just ask yourself these questions:
- Is moisture intrusion currently occurring in the home?
- Are there active or previous plumbing leaks?
- Does the home have previous issues with moisture intrusion?
- Is there a musty odor present at specific locations of the home?
- Can you visibly see any apparent mold growth?
- Has the property had confirmed mold growth in the past?
- Is anyone living in the home experienced recent health issues including asthma or allergies?
Hence, If the answer to any of these questions is “YES” you should schedule a mold inspection at your earliest convenience. Some common areas you can check for possible mold growth include underneath sinks, window sills, and crawlspaces.
Plumbing leaks can often lead to mold growth. Make sure to periodically check for leaks and mold growth under every sink in your home.
Windows can be another common location for mold growth if moisture finds a pathway into the home.