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Category: Mold Inspection

What Does a Mold Inspector Do?

[ 0 ] June 21, 2010

Mold Inspector

A mold inspector is a professional who is trained and licensed to identify mold problems in a home. Most of them are licensed by state agencies or by private organizations. Mold inspectors often work together with home inspectors. He may be a specialist who only does mold inspections full time.

Because of the potential health risks, it is important to keep your home is free from mold. You can often take care of this problem on your own. However, professional help is often needed. This is where an inspector can help.

Here are things that a mold inspector can do:

1. The inspector will come to your home and asses the situation. This includes a thorough visual inspection using a flashlight. If there is a visible mold problem, the inspector will be able to spot it and decide the best course of action. It may be necessary to look inside insulation or walls as well.

2. After locating the mold, the inspector should be able to determine what type of mold it is. He can then make recommendations about its removal or mediation. Normally, inspectors do not perform mold removal. They only inspect the home for problem areas. However, they may also offer removal if they are licensed to do so.

3. Inspectors can take samples of the air present in your home. They can do this by using sophisticated gears such as a machine that pumps air samples for spore count analysis.

4. He may also take swab samples and send them to a mold laboratory to determine if it is toxic or non-toxic.

5. Inspectors can also give you advice on ways to minimize dampness and moisture in your house to keep the mold from coming back.

Do You Need a Mold Inspector?

Mold inspectors are called in for different reasons. You might be in the market for a new home, and want an inspector to check the place before you buy it. There have been cases where people have purchased homes, only to end up with serious mold problems. If you’re selling your home, you might want an inspector to make sure everything is fine. You could also request an inspection if you suspect a family illness is caused by mold.

How to Find a Good Mold Inspector

Unfortunately, not all mold inspectors are the same. Although there are many certifications around, you should be able to determine if they are certified or not. You can check out the references from national organizations, like the American Indoor Air Quality Council.  Check out the trade organization that they are involved in. Look for at least three different mold inspectors and find out what they have to offer. Choose the one with the most comprehensive knowledge and experience.
 
Your home is one of the most important investments in your life. You should make sure that it is protected from infestation. Most importantly, you should also protect the lives of your loved ones. Investing in hiring a mold inspector to address your mold problems is a worthwhile investment.

How To Tell if There is Mold in Your Basement

[ 0 ] June 18, 2010

Basement Mold
 

There are a lot of things lurking in your basement. Aside from snakes, the worst thing you can have is toxic mold. Any type of mold, in fact is undesirable. You can initially sense its presence in your basement if there are musty odors around your house. Basement mold is usually hidden away in a crack or corner, but the smell is a great determining factor of its presence.

Here are some ways to determine if there is a mold infestation in your basement:

1. Check the floors and walls of the basement. Black mold appears in streaks or patches. It appears slimy and colored black or green or sometimes white with orange spots. Look for stains with yellowish tint, which is an indication that you have a mold problem. Check underneath sinks and around pipes as well.

2. Determine if there are musty or mildewy smells every time you go into the basement. You might also notice this smell in your house. Be alert if you smell these odors when you turn on the heating or air-conditioning units. There is a small possibility that mold has infested the systems. However, that rarely happens.

3. Check your basement using a mold-testing kit. They can be readily purchased from any hardware or home improvement store. You can also buy them online.  Have the kit tested in a mold laboratory to determine the type of mold present in the basement and the extent of its growth.

4. Look out for signs of black mold poisoning. Black mold is also known as toxic mold. It creates dangerous conditions in the home. Exposure to this can cause poisoning. Symptoms also include respiratory problems, coughing, headaches, and nausea, dizziness and skin rashes.

5. Look closely at organic surfaces in the basement such as evidence of water entry. Most probably, mold has grown on moist surfaces in the basement. Floor stains or remains of cardboard boxes that were wet and removed are important clues.

6.  Check out the backside of the basement stairs, most particularly those in the lower risers or treads. You will probably find mold growing in these areas.

7. Make sure to inspect furniture and other materials stored in the basement. Check out underside of game tables or furniture.

8. Check the insulation for mold and inspect further for dry wall mold. There is a great possibility that the cavities of a roof leak could cause mold growth on the hidden drywall surfaces.

9. Determine if the paint or wallpaper is peeling. This is a good moisture indicator and should warn you of the possibility of mold growth in these areas. If you do your laundry in the basement, keep in mind that un-aired clothes dryer can attract mold growth due to its humidity.

10. Check the shelves and closets in the basement for mold presence, especially if you keep partially dry clothes in the basement.

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