What is Mold?
Mold inspections are the key to ensuring good air quality and a healthy environment in your home or business. Mold is another word for fungi. Mold thrives in moist and dark areas. Mold spores are in the air and can easily travel into your home on your clothing and shopping bags, or in your car. If mold spores enter a dry home, then mold spores are not a problem. However, if there are moisture issues such as water leaks or damage, mold will grow in your home.
Mold can appear green, brown, or black and has a “fuzzy” appearance. Indoor mold does not usually have a strong odor, but you may notice a musty smell if you have a mold infestation.
Fungi, including black mold, also thrives in humid environments. Mold can cause health problems and major damage to the home or office building. Not all mold is visible and may hide in the walls and drywall and so a mold inspection completed by a BBB mold inspection company is an essential step in guarding against mold.
There are nine types of mold that are commonly found in homes and buildings. Some molds can make allergens, which cause allergy attacks. Other types of molds can cause health problems also, and so it is crucial to check for mold contamination to protect yourself and your family or employees.
When to Inspect for Mold
First, you should call a professional mold inspection company if you have had a leak or water damage on your property. Any moisture issues mean that there is a good chance there is mold contamination.
Second, when purchasing a new home, there is no way to know for certain what kind of water damage may have occurred in the house you are planning to buy. While the seller should advise of any water damage restoration or known mold growths, they don’t always know. The key to knowing if there is a mold issue is to perform a mold inspection. This is especially true if you have family members who are very sensitive to poor indoor air quality or even low levels of mold. Your family’s health is worth the extra cost and peace of mind of knowing if there’s mold in your house.
Third, a mold inspection should be done after a house has been unoccupied for months or years. In this case, humidity could have built up inside and caused mold to grow. This is particularly important in areas of the United States with high humidity.
Although some mold is visible, mold can lurk behind walls, in the attic, crawlspaces, and on roofs. Not sure? If you just want peace of mind, call us and We will send a highly qualified mold inspector to perform the necessary mold assessment and mold testing. A mold remediation professional knows the most common places mold lurks and how to find it quickly and efficiently.
Mold Inspection & Testing
There is a difference between mold inspection and mold testing. Mold inspection detects the presence of mold. Also, it generally identifies the size of the problem, which is measured using square footage. Sampling and laboratory analysis are recommended based on our visual inspection and the history of the property.
Mold testing identifies specific types of molds is in your home as well as the number of mold spores in the air. This is a crucial step in ensuring healthy air quality, especially if you have loved ones with asthma or other illnesses.
The Mold Inspection Cost
Usually, a mold inspection costs about the same as a regular home inspection. A reputable BBB-rated mold inspection company will offer you a free estimate. On average, mold inspection costs $300 to $400 below 4,000 square feet. Above 4,000 square feet, the cost increases to the $700 to $900 range. Keep in mind that these costs are for inspection only.
Professional Mold Inspectors
When buying a new home, many people have allowed the home inspector to inspect for mold. However, it is best to hire people who have been trained to assess and inspect for mold on the property.
The initial investment of hiring a mold inspector can save thousands of dollars in mold remediation services. And there is the priceless peace of mind when test results show there are no mold problems, or a mold is non-toxic. If we find a mold issue, we can begin the remediation process with our comprehensive procedure to ensure the job is done right the first time.
If the mold inspection shows mold in your home, the next step is to make a remediation plan. This always begins with removing the moisture source that is allowing the mold to grow. If you fail to remove the source, the mold will just grow back. After the mold removal, hard surfaces can be scrubbed and washed. Soft surfaces like carpets or foam tiles must be cut out and replaced.
This can be a DIY job if the affected area is small. However, if mold contamination is more than 10 square feet, the EPA strongly suggests calling an experienced mold remediation company. The remediation phase is typically much more expensive than inspection, largely due to the labor and precautions that need to be taken during the process.
Typically, mold remediation costs can range anywhere from $500 to $6,000. The cost depends on a variety of factors such as the square footage of the area being treated, mold spore containment, the technology used during the process, home and building reconstruction, air duct cleaning, and the duration of the remediation process.
Precision Environmental Services is a BBB-certified company. Our professional mold inspectors are trained to take care of your home during the mold inspection and testing., We are the leading mold inspection and testing company in Flower Mound TX. Call us now to set a time for us to test and inspect your home or business.