Molds are fungi that can be hazardous to our health in many different ways. They are present in the air we breathe and on surfaces within our homes. Common indoor molds include: Penicillium, Cladosporium, Alternaria, and Aspergillus. The Institute of Medicine suggest 10,000 to 300,000 different types of mold exist today. Many people are sensitive to mold and can suffer from symptoms such as skin/eye irritation, lung infections, and nasal stuffiness. In extreme conditions, over prolonged periods of time, these symptoms can increase in severity and pose serious health threats to those exposed. Early detection and removal are key to avoiding such risks and maintaining a healthy life and home. Certified Home Inspections offers mold inspections and testing to help you achieve and maintain good health within your home.
We begin our visual mold inspection on the exterior of the home to identify any areas that could be conducive to high moisture and water infiltration. Poor lot drainage, improper gutters and downspout extensions, improper attic/crawlspace ventilation, negative grade, foundation cracks, and exterior construction gaps are some of the main exterior causes of mold growth. Next, the interior of the home is evaluated and all surfaces tested with a digital moisture meter (Protimeter). Moisture levels measuring above 20% are considered dangerous and are documented in the inspection report with photos and a written description of the location and severity of the moisture damage.
Upon request, Certified Home Inspections does offer surface swab sampling and air testing for mold. Our inspectors are dedicated to providing our clients with accurate test results by following proper procedure and using high quality testing equipment on each and every mold inspection. Following the visual inspection, air/surface sampling, and building moisture evaluation, Certified will promptly deliver the mold inspection report and recommendations for prevention and removal, if necessary.