Do you have a mold problem? We have professionals ready and waiting to help! Do you need to see if your mold problem has been fixed? You might need a mold inspection. If you know or even suspect that mold could be present in your home or with a home are thinking of purchasing, then you should bring in an experienced and certified home inspector.
Even as dry as Colorado is, mold is still a common health risk in many homes and businesses in the Colorado Springs, Denver, and Pueblo areas. AmPro Inspections offers mold inspection in addition to our other services to help homeowners and buyers deal with this very real issue. Poor ventilation, leaky plumbing or roofs, and other conditions can cause mold to grow rapidly. This puts family members and occupants at risk.
Each day you wait to have mold tested is another day you or someone around you are at risk. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends contacting a provider immediately if you find mold.
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There are certain measures you can take to avoid mold problems such as keeping your home’s interior dry, repairing leaks, and ensuring proper ventilation throughout your home to prevent. However, most of the time mold will grow and spread unseen long before you see the signs. This is why it is important to get a professional inspection to check for mold and mold damage
What Is Mold and How Does It Get in the Home or Business?
Mold is a type of fungus that spreads through its own spores and particles, some which can be as small as a single cell. These spores are everywhere in the environment, but only turn into the actively-growing mold when they find a moist or damp surface to thrive on. Mold is a normal part of the environment, but it becomes a major issue when it begins growing indoors. It grows in small spots that form “colonies,” most so small they go unseen. In conclusion, the key to controlling and stopping mold from growing is to control moisture and to turn to a professional before a potential mold problem escalates.
When Should You Have Your Home Inspected for Mold?
Due to the fact that mold has the ability to grow rapidly unseen before you may even see it, a mold inspection should be done every few years even if there are no showing signs. Being proactive can help find and stop a mold issue before it becomes a major problem requiring a good deal of work. A good rule of thumb is that any place in your home that gets significantly wet and wasn’t properly dried and aired out within 24 to 48 hours should be inspected for mold.
Some specific situations where a mold inspection should be completed include:
- Water damage such as roof damage that leads to a leak, basement flooding, a broken pipe, or a broken appliance that leaked a large amount of water
- When you are buying a new home. There is no way to tell if mold is present or if there was past water damage
- If a house has gone a significant period of time without being occupied. Even if there was no specific water damage general humidity could have spurred mold growth
- You notice there is something “growing” in an area in your house that is usually white, green, blue, or black in color
What Is a Mold Inspection?
Mold tends to grow in places you can’t see, such as between walls, around pipes, or in your home’s duct system. A standard mold inspection consists of a trained and licensed mold inspector performing a thorough audit of your home to find existing mold as well as areas with moisture damage that have the potential for future mold.
First, the inspector will speak to you as the property owner or manager about areas where you may have seen mold, signs of mold, moisture problems, or water damage. Then, they will perform a detailed visual inspection of the entire house. The inspector relies mostly on a flashlight and their training to identify mold and potential areas for mold to be growing. If needed, they will use specific tools to perform checks on areas like inside HVAC ducts or behind closed-off areas. If the inspector believes mold is likely growing in a place that can’t be accessed, they will get your permission to do things like remove paneling or open up a small area in the drywall.
After the mold inspection, your home inspector and their team will create a remediation plan to remove the areas mold is growing and remove the source of moisture. Aside from a professional mold inspection, there is also mold testing. This is a process done after mold is found in your home that identifies the specific type of mold so it can be treated most effectively.
Why Is It Important to Do a Mold Inspection?
It is important to have your home inspected for mold because the accumulation of mold can lead to serious health problems and can also negatively impact your investment in your home. Exposure to mold spores can lead to a variety of health issues that can negatively affect your quality of life. Some of the most common include asthma which ranges from mild to severe, coughing, breathing issues, sneezing, coughing, headaches, and fatigue. Finally, mold inspections are important because consistent mold exposure will only increase your sensitivity, worsening symptoms over time.
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