Long Island Home Inspection Pros has years of experience in the home inspection industry across Suffolk County, NY and Nassau County, NY areas. Our vast experience includes specialty inspections such as mold and structural inspections. Specialty inspections are performed either as a result of findings from a home inspection or as stand-alone inspections. Either way, our certified home inspectors are highly-qualified to perform your comprehensive inspection.
Here are some important facts to keep in mind about mold:
1) Mold occurs naturally in the environment and poses no serious danger in that environment.
2) Mold can only grow where there is moisture.
3) When mold grows indoors, the health consequences can be serious especially for those with allergies, asthma, or other respiratory illnesses.
WHAT IS A MOLD INSPECTION?
The simple answer is: mold inspections are conducted by someone (must be certified and experienced) looking for mold growth in a dwelling. Mold inspections are a meticulous process beginning with a visual, non-invasive, but thorough, inspection of accessible spaces in your dwelling. If any evidence of mold is found, then the inspector will have to become a bit more invasive. Mold inspectors work like detectives. If they find a clue, they explore further.
— A mold inspection will look for any current or past mold growth. Past growth could mean a moisture or water issue. It’s important to conclude that there is no current mold presence as well as no current moisture issues.
— An inspector will begin by inspecting inside and outside for possible mold growth. They will also inspect crucial areas like crawlspaces to ensure there is no wood decay due to current or past mold growth.
— It’s important to note that our inspectors might find mold that is not unhealthy or dangerous. There are two molds that grow on lumber sap (especially newer lumber) but will die off once lumber dries completely. If found, however, our inspectors will take a sample to ensure they are not unhealthy molds.
— Any mold found will be tested and sent to a professional lab for identification.
— A very important part of the mold inspection is the search for possible sources of moisture or water. As stated, mold can only grow where there is moisture. No moisture, no mold. If mold is remediated but the moisture remains, then you can be assured of the mold returning. An experienced inspector knows the importance of identifying any evidence of moisture.
— Mold inspections are sometimes done in conjunction with Indoor Air Quality testing. Air tests are often looking for possible irritants in the indoor air of a dwelling
DO YOU NEED A MOLD INSPECTION?
The most common reasons for ordering a mold inspection will include obvious signs of moisture or mold in a dwelling. This evidence is sometimes uncovered by an inspector as part of a home inspection during a seller or buyer’s inspection. Sometimes a homeowner will have some concerns about possible mold in the home and will call us for an inspection.
Common reasons for considering a mold inspection include:
— Allergy symptoms associated with a dwelling or room.
— Sometimes a home buyer is aware of a previous mold problem and wants to ensure no recurring growth.
— Sometimes a homeowner wants assurance before listing their home that there is no mold growth so as not to scare potential buyers away.
If you have any concerns whatsoever that there is a possibility of mold, please contact us for a mold inspection or a home inspection. Our inspectors will be thorough in their inspection, communicate with your throughout the inspection, and offer peace of mind.