Is there a musty odor in the home you wish to purchase? Perhaps you should consider mold inspection.
A home inspection is one of the most vital steps you can take to ensure your home is a sound investment and a safe residential space.
It involves the examination of a home’s condition, frequently in connection with its sale. However, numerous people don’t understand what the process entails or what they should do to capitalize on it.
If you’re thinking of purchasing a home, ensure you don’t forget to check for mold. Here’s why mold inspection is important.
What Does Mold Inspection Involve?
Mold can be concealed and home inspectors aren’t remediation specialists. Furthermore, they lack the necessary expertise to identify possible mold issues. For this reason, it’s imperative you invest in a home and mold inspection before buying a house, especially if there’s any indication of moisture problems.
A good inspection starts with a methodical visual examination of the home by a qualified mold inspector. The process is similar to a home inspection except the whole house will undergo inspection (exterior, attic, interior, basement, and crawl).
With a mold investigation, the emphasis is on water intrusion and indications of microbial growth. The investigation is usually thorough, intense, and may take longer than a home inspection.
What You Should Expect from a Mold Inspection
Upon visual assessment, the inspector will document moisture/water intrusion. If assessment reveals microbial growths, documentation will take place and the investigation will reveal the location of the moisture/water intrusion.
The inspector will also recommend and document any discovered growth while test outcomes will indicate whether the microbial growth is mold and if it’s cosmetic, pathogenic, or toxic.
Why Mold Inspection is Necessary
A certified inspection is necessary for all real estate transactions. At a minimum, inspection should take place when you smell or see the fungi. An inspection will prevent the costly cleanup and possible health risks associated with contamination.
If the investigation reveals the presence of mold, you can ask the seller to clean up before you purchase the home. Other reasons why you need inspection include:
- Mold remediation is expensive
Mold remediation describes the process of removing the fungi from a home, making it livable and safe. The process is expensive because the removal of contaminated materials must take place.
Bear in mind that you simply can’t spray the fungi with chemicals. You should also note that the remediation cost will vary depending on the affected area and the type of materials. You’ll discover that mold experts undergo special training and follow particular procedures to prevent the fungi from spreading.
It’s also important to know that the success of any remediation project will be lasting provided there’s proper management of moisture issues.
- Inspectors are not Experts
The issue with mold is that it can hide beneath items such as a carpet or even baseboards. Inspectors will typically check for visual issues with the home but may not necessarily identify a mold problem.
While a credible inspector may offer some warning signs of mold development, the inspector won’t verify the presence of mold and may not state this in their report.
It’s also important to know that numerous inspectors depend on referrals from real estate agents and this could potentially cause conflict of interest.
Since extensive invasion can make a home virtually unlivable, paying for specialized inspection can result in considerable savings.
Why You Need a Certified Inspector
A license isn’t necessary for inspection, so anybody could claim to be an inspector. However, certification is what differentiates a professional.
A certified inspector holds special training and education in sampling and inspection. Moreover, a certified inspector will offer meticulous inspection with an emphasis on mold detection. It’s also important to hire a certified professional and an accredited lab to process your samples.
Mold is a problem that could have far-reaching consequences on your home and health. Consequently, you must be willing to pay for inspection by a certified professional to avoid unnecessary costs in the future.
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