There are many cases where chronic issues with breathing, allergies, and sickness are caused by mold in an affected person's home. Mold can be visible, but it may also be in places that aren't seen in the home. If you suspect your health issues could be due to mold, you should consider having a professional remediation company do an inspection. Before you do that, however, you will want to be prepared in the following four ways:
Set Aside Enough Time for a Full Inspection
Similar to a general home inspection, a mold inspection will require a thorough examination of many areas of the home. If there is any mold that is seen on a wall or under a sink, an inspector may have to take time to test those areas, and he or she may need to inspect inside nearby walls and beneath the floor coverings. If you want to have a thorough inspection of all the areas of your home that could be infected, then set aside enough time on your schedule for at least an hour or longer. You will have to pay more if the inspector has to keep coming back to finish an inspection.
Locate All of the Spots You Have Found Mold
Another way to prepare and potentially make an inspection go faster is to locate any areas you have seen mold. Even spots you aren't sure are moldy but look moldy should be shown to your inspector. Being able to point out all of the areas of your home where you have seen mold will help the inspector quickly identify what kind of mold you have and how far it may have spread. Surface mold can sometimes make it easier to determine if the problem has penetrated the inside of your walls. Also, if you have had leaks in plumbing or your roof, identifying where those leaks were can help an inspector identify problem areas.
Find Entry Points to the Floor and Walls
Many homes, both old and new have entry holes where plumbers and electricians have needed access to install equipment. These spots throughout the home will usually have covers or vents on them, and they can give a mold inspector access to inspect a wall that potentially has mold. Some inspectors try and remove drywall, which can be really expensive to repair. If you can find the access points to your walls and floors in your home, you'll be able to save money and help the inspector fully inspect potential problem spots.
Have Your Payment Ready
Most inspectors expect to be paid at the time of inspection, and the cost will vary depending on the testing and time that was taken for your home. If an inspection involves a lot of testing, and if it appears you have a major mold problem, the cost you were quoted over the phone may be adjusted based on the time and extra work that was done.
Ultimately, being prepared for your inspection will help things go more smoothly, and it can save you time and money. Having your home thoroughly inspected will ensure you have all of your mold issues identified and safely removed, which will help you get your home back to being a safe and healthy place to live.Share