A mold inspection can be preventative or needed as a result from a problem, such as a water leak, visual mold findings or health concerns. A comprehensive investigation includes a complete visual analysis of the premises, moisture testing with a digital moisture meter, leak detection and sample collection for laboratory analysis (also known as mold testing). This sampling includes both Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) testing (also known as air testing) and surface testing for harmful mold, allergens and other contaminants. We provide different types of sampling and are able to customize these services to the needs of our clients. To read more about the specifics of mold testing, see our Mold & Allergen Testing Page.
Our pricing is completely up-front and includes all of the laboratory fees for the samples taken, a full report, which includes the inspector’s notes/recommendations, and, if necessary when problems are found, an estimate to remediate any areas that are found to have fungal contamination.
How we are different from other mold inspectors and companies? Indoor-Restore inspectors are:
- Certified through the Indoor Environmental Association (IEA) with annual re-certification training.
- Required to complete initial and recurring classroom and on-the-job training through our company.
- Have backgrounds in such industries as building construction, home inspection and property maintenance and repair.
- Continuously reviewed to ensure that their knowledge, workmanship and level of customer service adhere to the Values and Mission of Indoor-Restore Services.
Several of our inspectors are even part-time instructors who provide training to government and commercial entities, as well as company inspectors, on the subjects of Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) and mold and water damage prevention.
These requirements ensure that the quality of service our clients receive exceeds their expectations and provides them with a peace of mind about their situation.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
What is a mold inspection?
A mold inspection is an evaluation of your property to determine if there is mild to moderate mold growth or water damage that could pose a health risk or cause structural damage to the building. Testing of the air and surfaces around the property is conducted in order to scientifically confirm the presence of mold and the types of mold present.
Why is mold testing included with a mold inspection?
Mold testing is the process of taking samples of the air or surfaces around a property. The samples are then sent to a laboratory for third-party confirmation of the presence of mold and what, if any, types of mold are present. There are various types of mold that can grow in an indoor environment. Some mold can produce allergic reactions while others can release potentially harmful mycotoxins. Mycotoxins are poisonous (some considered toxic) byproducts of mold growth that can become airborne. Adverse health effects can result in humans or animals who inhale these toxic mycotoxin spores into their nasal passages, throat or lungs, or when they come into contact with their skin.
When should a mold inspection be conducted?
A mold inspection can either be precautionary (whereby you don't suspect mold to be present in your home, but want to be sure) or warranted (where a situation has occurred that could mean mold is growing or could grow). Often the situation is a water damage event or health-related concern.
If any water damage situation has occurred, it is recommended that a mold inspection be conducted. Water damage could be something as seemingly small as a slow leak under a sink to a major household flood. When an area of the floor, carpet, wall, cabinet, ceiling or other part of a property becomes soaked with water or sewage, mold can quickly become a problem. Mold growth can begin within 48 hours of a water damage event.
Situations where water damage is not known to have occurred, but mold is suspected:
- Visual mold growth is seen somewhere in the property. The appearance of mold can vary greatly.
- Musty or moldy smell is detected in one or more areas of the property.
- Long-term, unexplained medical conditions are being experienced by occupants of the property.
- Short-term health effects are experienced when inside the property. Symptoms can include allergy or cold/flu symptoms, asthma, runny or stuffy nose, wheezing, coughing, chest pain, lung infection, nasal inflammation and others.
- Unusual stains that could have resulted from mold growth or from water damage.
Learn more about a mold inspection and mold testing:
To find out more information about our mold inspection service, call us at 866-358-3838 or submit an Online Contact Form to receive a return call or e-mail.