Mold Inspection and Testing
Mold Inspection and Testing
If you’re like many homeowners, you probably won’t think about mold inspection and testing services until you notice a problem. You might notice a musty odor or a change in your indoor air quality. Your skin or eyes might feel itchy, or your throat might seem a little irritated. Mold might trigger a bout of asthma, cause your allergies to go wild, or worsen other existing physical problems.
An unresolved mold problem is a deal-breaker when you’re trying to market your home. Even a slightly musty smell can force a buyer to walk away. As a buyer, even if you believe you’ve found the perfect home, a mold problem can easily change your mind. Professional mold inspection and testing is the one sure way to provide the answers you need to make the right home-buying or home-selling decisions.
Professional Mold Inspection and Testing
At Bender Inspection Services, we are licensed, inspection professionals. We understand that, even when you smell or feel mold in your home, it’s sometimes difficult to detect. We help you resolve your concerns with a mold inspection and testing process that follows professional protocols. If you suspect a mold problem, we inspect the area, determine the source, and test the area if needed.
We conduct mold inspection and testing for homeowners who want to improve their air quality for a healthier environment. We also combine mold inspection and testing with home-sellers’ and homebuyers’ inspections. When we complete our mold inspection and testing, you’ll have the information you need to make informed choices.
- Homeowners: If we detect a mold problem, you can take steps to have it remediated.
- Home Sellers: If you’re marketing your home, you can have the mold remediated and/or provide our inspection report to potential buyers.
- Home Buyers: If you’re considering buying a home, mold inspection and testing will make you feel more confident about your purchase.
Our Mold Inspection & Testing Services
At Bender, we tailor our mold inspection and testing services to meet your needs.
When we perform indoor air quality testing, you decide which rooms need to be tested. We take samples and send them to a certified testing lab. You receive results within 24 hours.
At Bender Inspection Services, we often combine our mold and home inspections. We conduct a complete visual inspection of your home interior and exterior. We search for potential mold and its related cause. Our inspection service also includes indoor air quality testing. Surface sampling can be conducted if needed.
Mold In Your Home
You might not want to think about it, but mold is everywhere. It starts out as microscopic spores that travel through the air. They’re in the air both indoors and out and they’re invisible to the naked eye. Inside your home, spores drift through the air until they find the right conditions. Mold requires four things to grow.
- Mold spores
- Nutrients (wood, paper, fabric, etc.)
- Temperatures: Between 40 and 100 degrees F
- Relative humidity near the surface: 70 degrees
Mold thrives on moist surfaces in your home. It lives on your floors, inside your walls, and just about anywhere else. As it grows, it gradually changes your indoor air quality and you can usually feel the difference.
Mold Hides in Your Home
It’s easy to discover mold when it’s in your bathroom grout or in a moist corner. It’s more difficult to detect when it’s inside your walls or under your floorboards. Microscopic mold spores thrive because they find an environment that provides everything they need.
- Roof damage provides an opening for rain
- Leaky pipes leave moisture within your walls
- Broken window seals allow rain to wet carpets and drywall
- Floods leave moisture throughout your home’s lowest levels
- Sewage backups leave basements wet
As a homeowner, it’s easy to ignore water leaks, moisture-soaked drywall, and other areas in need of restoration and repair. You plan to get the work done someday, but there never seems to be enough time. That’s how mold spores take advantage of busy homeowners. All they need is a neglected wet spot to grow.
Mold and Your Health
When there’s mold in your home, it creates indoor air quality issues. Mold-contaminated air affects people in different ways depending on their age and physical condition. Some people have an immediate reaction to mold in their environment. Others show signs after continuous exposure. Mold irritates skin, eyes, and lungs in people with and without allergies. It triggers and aggravates asthma.
If our mold inspection and testing detect mold in your home, removal and cleanup usually solve most mold problems. You must also eliminate or repair the conditions that promoted mold growth in the first place.
Contact Bender Inspection Services
Our licensed professionals provide mold inspection and testing services for homeowners, homebuyers, and home sellers. Call us at 203-376-1095 to learn more about our inspection process or to schedule an inspection. You can also leave a message on our Contact Page.