Whether you just bought your home, you've been in it for years, you rent your home out, or your house is your forever home, mold can be a problem. Nearly any home can be at risk of a mold infestation, so mold inspections are necessary at times.
Luckily, you can tell when mold inspections need to be done so you don't have to wonder if one is necessary. However, you don't want to wait until you have a serious mold problem to have mold inspections and remediation done, so use this guide to help you know if you need to have a mold inspection done on your home.
Your Home Has Experienced Any Kind of Water Damage
It doesn't matter how mild your home's water damage may be, if you have any kind of water issue in your home, you're at a greater risk of a mold infestation. Your mold inspections should be scheduled as soon as you notice a water problem in any area of your property, including the garage. Your mold inspection will likely include mold testing if any discovered mold is thought to be toxic — a rarer occurrence than you'd think — for the safety of your family and home.
Your Home Has a Strange, Musty Odor You Can’t Identify
Do certain rooms in your home smell musty and weird? Have you looked everywhere yet you cannot find the source for any of the strange smells in your house? It could be that you have a mold problem and you just haven't identified it yet. Mold and mildew don't need lots of places to hide and they don't need much to thrive; just some moisture, heat, and an easy food source are all these spores need to thrive and grow.
Mold inspections will identify where your mold issue is coming from and will also help to identify why mold and mildew are growing in certain areas of your home and not others. Knowing where your mold issues might be coming from will be your best defense in keeping mold from returning. If you'd like, you can pay for mold inspections, identification, and removal all in the same appointment.
Mold inspections vary in cost depending on how large your home is and other factors. An average cost is just under $650 for a mold inspection, which is still far cheaper than the costs of doing repairs on mold that has existed without being treated for long periods of time. Your mold inspection professional will give you a custom quote for their services.