Home Insights, LLC is dedicated to the detection of mold and other microbial contaminants in indoor environments throughout the Tampa Bay area and provides removal instructions.
When buying a new home, you should consider getting a mold inspection. Mold inspection is a different process from typical housing inspections. The cost will vary depending on the number of samples taken.
There are a few different situations in which you might want a mold inspection. Let us look at when a mold inspection is needed, what mold testing does and the average cost.
When to get a Mold Assessment Done
Mold can not always be seen. A few situations should make you look for any mold problems in your home.
- Water damage – If your roof leaked or a broken pipe sprayed water all over the kitchen, you need to inspect for mold. Any area that got wet and was not quickly dried (within 24 to 48 hours) could become contaminated by mold.
- Purchasing a pre owned home – There is no way to know what kind of water damage may have happened in the house you are planning to buy. The only way to find out if mold is present is to do a mold inspection.
- After a house has been unoccupied – If a house has been closed up and unoccupied for months or years, humidity could have built up inside and caused mold to grow. This is especially a problem in warmer areas with high humidity.
- After mold remediation – If you have gone through the often expensive and difficult steps to deal with a mold problem, a mold inspection is a good idea to make sure you really got rid of it all.
- You see some mold – If you notice some green, blue, black or white stuff growing in your house, do a mold inspection to make sure you find it all. It might not be restricted to one location.
What happens during a mold inspection?
Air, swab or tape samples may be taken of possible affected areas in the home. A moisture meter and/or infrared photography might also be useful in determining if a particular area is wet, especially after remediation.
A typical mold inspection involves us talking to the property owner about any areas where they have seen mold, or where there have been moisture problems or water damage in the past. We will go over the house thoroughly, looking in places known to be prone to mold growth. If there is a chance mold is growing in an inaccessible space, the inspector may have to damage a section of drywall or remove paneling to get a better look. If mold is detected, the inspector will try to find the source of the moisture that is causing the mold and talk to the homeowner to develop a remediation plan.
In some municipalities, mold inspectors must have a license or certification. Always look for a contractor with experience in mold inspection and mold remediation.
Why Choose Us
Home Insights LLC is a home inspection company serving the greater Tampa area for over 8 years. Based in Brandon FL we are a proferssional licensed home inspector. Our full home inspections include free wind mitigation and four point reports. We can provide roof mitigation, mold inspections and much more.