There has been a lot of media hype regarding household mold growth in recent years. News reports and local papers, including the Berwyn area, report stories of those who live close to us that depict indoor mold as debilitating, and forcing families out of house and home. And on top of that, you have the national reports and studies revealing just how dangerous mold can be for your health. Naturally, after hearing all of this information, you might be a bit panicked, and you may want to make an investment in a mold inspection for your Berwyn home. And if you suspect mold growth in your home, you are completely right in investing in a mold inspection.
It is important for you to know what to expect during a mold inspection so you are properly prepared. Because of this media hype, many companies who are inexperienced and looking for a quick payday have entered the mold inspection market. This can often lead to incorrect practices and to an inaccurate result as to the condition of your home.
Mold Inspection Berwyn: Where Do I Start?
So naturally, the first step in getting a mold inspection in Berwyn is to select a mold inspector with proven experience. There are review sites and resources that you can use to get information on different contractors and companies so that you know the inspector you select will do a thorough, honest job. A good mold inspector will interview you prior to booking the inspection to make sure that your home is actually at risk for housing mold growth. He or she will ask you about potential leaks or moisture in the home that could cause mold to appear. If your home does not display any of the symptoms of a home afflicted with mold, a good inspector will be honest and tell you this before you make the investment, saving you time, and money.
I Need a Mold Inspection, Now What?
But, not all of us are this lucky, and unfortunately, you may have a mildew musty smell odor or a leak, or even visible growth on walls or in a bathroom. After you have booked your inspection, you can expect a few things to occur during the time that the contractor is in your home.
- Thermal Imaging –An accurate mold inspection will utilize a thermal imager, much like the ones seen on investigative television shows, to determine the source of moisture without being invasive. Not every thermal imager is the same and the same goes for the expertise of the Thermographer. Thermal imagers allow us to see another small slice of the electromagnetic spectrum in addition to visible light. For example, let’s say you have moisture in your wall or ceiling from a plumbing leak, but you can’t see it. After a building material has gotten wet it will cool the building material as the evaporative cooling process occurs. It will show up as a cooler temperature then the rest of the surface and that is defined as a thermal anomaly. Well, in most cases, when there is a bit of visible mold, there is a lot more beneath the surface that you can’t see. A mold inspector can use the thermal imager to see the overall temperature of everything behind the walls, and in many cases, the location can be determined based on these temperature patterns (anomalies).
- Sampling – Most of the time, sampling isn’t necessary which is a little known secret that most mold inspectors don’t want you to know. Sampling generally only needs to occur if you’re trying to define the condition of the spaces adjoining the damaged area. Another scenario would be if there was to be litigation or from a health perspective. Some mold inspectors will take samples of the mold spores and send it to a lab for further analysis. This helps determine if the mold is present in the home’s air, as well as what kinds of mold are present and if they are harmful to your health.
- Need for Further Work – A mold inspection is simply that, an inspection. And if a good inspector has already ruled out the possibility of you not having a mold problem at all, a mold inspection generally means that you are assessing just where and how much future work your home may need. This is no reason to be discouraged, but it is important to keep this fact in mind before you invest in a mold inspection. In order to remove the mold from your home, a contractor will have to remediate the area in most cases to properly remove the mold and prevent it from returning.
One thing to keep in mind if you are dealing with a home that is suffering from mold growth is that mold can spread very quickly. Mold spores travel over the air looking for moisture sources, and mold thrives on the organic materials that make up our homes, clothing, and even our food. So if you suspect that you have a mold issue in your home, don’t delay on scheduling your mold inspection. The longer you wait, the more risk you run of your mold problem spreading throughout other areas of your home.
If you are looking for a mold inspection Berwyn residents trust, call Advanced Mold Diagnostics. Advanced Mold Diagnostics is the area’s proven accurate, and trusted mold contracting company with decades of experience in the industry. Our staff is trained, certified, and caring, and is ready to help you with your mold inspection needs.