How Is a Mold Inspection Done?

Man in a safety vest performing a home inspection.

If you’re worried about mold in your home, you’re probably considering calling a professional for a mold inspection. But is an inspection something you need, and what does the process actually look like? Let’s pull back the curtain on mold inspections to see if it could be right for you.

Mold Inspection or Mold Testing?

You can learn more about the mold issue in your home in two ways. The first is through mold testing. Testing usually involves collecting air samples to check for the presence of mold spores and surface sampling to identify what kind of mold you could be dealing with.

Testing is often a good first route if you’re sure you have mold in your home, and it’s usually a wise follow-up after your inspection. Inspections are much more general and involve multiple steps. An inspector will have multiple tools and approaches to get a complete view of your home’s mold issues and give you a report of their findings.

The Steps of a Mold Inspection

You can break down mold inspections into multiple steps. Here’s how an average inspection with a mold remediation professional might shake out.

First Meeting

Background information about the home and your mold experience is vital to an inspector. So before they start combing through your home, they’ll meet with you and do a quick interview. They might ask if you’ve seen visible mold or moisture damage, if anyone in the home has allergy symptoms, or if you’re noticing odd pockets of humidity.

The more information you have for them, the easier it will be for them to pinpoint the exact issue. They’ll take the information you gave them to inform the next step — the visual inspection.

Visual Inspection

A mold inspector will then use their expertise to find areas of the home most susceptible to mold. They’ll examine the spots to see if they can confirm any growth, including any areas you mentioned in your interview.

The visual inspection also involves the inspector searching for signs of moisture. Moisture often leads to mold growth, and following the path of condensation or water signs can help them find mold. During the visual inspection, they’ll mark down any problem areas to recommend for testing.

Moisture Detection and Thermal Graphic Imaging

This step is where the experts break out their specialty tools to look inside your walls, flooring, and infrastructure. The moisture detection meter will tell the inspector how much excess moisture could be hiding within your walls.

Knowing the amount of moisture you’re dealing with is not only good for finding and stopping mold growth. It’s also crucial in protecting your home from structural damage caused by prolonged exposure to water.

Sometimes, experts will have another tool that uses thermal imaging technology. This technology helps them discover damp areas in your home they can’t see through visual inspection.

Inspectors will run the thermal imaging camera throughout the home and analyze the findings. If there are abnormal conditions, they’ll mark those down as potential problem areas they must address.

Final Report

With every I dotted and T crossed, the mold inspector should have a thorough report summarizing their findings. The report will include areas with visible mold growth and any spots that could benefit from mold testing or potential remediation, including any that could be lurking within the home’s infrastructure.

You can then take your report and use it to inform your next steps, whether calling for more testing or hiring a professional to manage your mold issues. Testing is almost always recommended if they find anything they can’t visually confirm, as these areas tend to grow out of control relatively quickly without intervention.

Take Your First Steps Toward a Mold-Free Environment

Mold is a common but serious problem that many homeowners contend with. But they often struggle because they don’t have the whole story surrounding their mold problem. It’s important to understand where the mold comes from and why it is crucial to eliminate it from your home.

Both mold inspection and testing are vital pieces of the mold remediation puzzle. Now that you have a better idea of how they are implemented, you can decide how to proceed. Professionals recommend an inspection even if you can see mold growth yourself since that’s often an indicator that you have mold elsewhere in your home.

Don’t keep yourself in the dark any longer. Contact the experts at Palmetto Environmental Solutions for guidance today.