*Mold*- 4 Letter Word of The Inspection World

Mold can be beneficial to humans in many ways. Think tasty mushrooms on your pizza, penicillin to treat your infection, or yeast in your favorite bakery items. However, when mold is found during your home inspection it becomes a four-letter word. Mold can cause serious health issues for home occupants including pets. Some common health effects of mold include migraines, chronic cough, sinus problems, difficulty breathing, and many more. In some cases, it takes time to develop these symptoms. However, if a person is allergic to mold the effects may be noticed almost immediately. So, what happens if your inspector suspects mold? Should you run away from your dream home? The quick answer is NO, not necessarily. It does not mean that the deal is dead, but it does mean some more investigating needs to be done, especially if the source is not found during inspection. There are specialists who may need to be called out and testing that needs to be done. If an inspector suspects “toxic” mold they will suggest a mold test to be done. Most inspection companies can do the test themselves at a cost around $300-500 depending on how many areas must be tested. There is always a minimum of two cartridges tested; one outside the home and one in the area of suspected mold. If there are multiple levels in the home, then more cartridge tests may need to be done. Some inspectors may recommend having a mold specialist come out and test for mold species and suggest remediation steps. Here are some suggestions of questions to ask different mold specialist before choosing who is right for your situation.

Questions to ask your Mold Inspector

Q:What technology and techniques are used for detecting mold?

Q: What is your hourly rate?

Q: What is the cost of each mold sample?

Q: If mold is detected what is your process that occurs to remove it?

Q: Is the mold analysis done by your company?

Q: Who is your mold lab and how long have you used this company for business?

Q: Who performs the mold remediation?

Additional information on Mold can be found at the following links.

For more information about mold from CDC click here

For for common information from Realtor Magazine click here

The National Association of Certified Home Inspectors check out this info click here