You or a professional inspector have gone though your entire home and have found that your home may have a significant mold problem. What could this possibly mean for you as a homeowner and your home’s profitability if you decided to sell? How will this affect the health and wellness of your family? Before you start to panic, you should first consider your options and your need for a professional mold assessment.
A mold assessment is a service in which certified mold inspectors are specially trained in identification and removal of mold and mold friendly conditions. These inspectors will investigate the whereabouts and causes of the mold in your home for a fee. When considering a mold assessment for your home, it is always a good idea to check the credentials of the individual and company the inspector works for as fraud has been a problem in recent years and thousands of dollars were lost with no resolution to any mold issues in the homes. A mold assessment should only be performed by a specially trained and certified inspector whose main focus is molds and not as a side project or odd job. Remember, this is your family’s health and your home’s structural well being, don’t just trust it to anyone.
During a mold assessment, the inspector will first make a visual inspection to identify a possible contamination problem. When a potential problem has been found, the inspector will perform bulk or surface sampling of the contaminated area. The inspector will then monitor the air through a complex collection process in order to determine the types of fungi in the air. Air monitoring is also useful in determining the concentration of the fungal spores in the air relative to health problems the occupants may be experiencing at the time of the inspection.
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