Is Mold Inspection / Testing neccesary?
One of the frequently asked questions by concerned homeowners is whether mold inspection is necessary. When mold is left alone, mold can damage building materials and expose specific people, i.e. allergy sufferers to health risks such as sinuses and exacerbation of asthma. The growing concern over mold growth across the country, especailly in Oklahoma has allowed for a number of misconceptions and confusion about various aspects pertaining to mold.
The necessity of mold testing entirely depends on the goal of the mold inspection process. The truth is that if you can see mold in your house, you probably do not require hiring a mold inspector to come and inspect but may want a mold test to determine for the presence of mold in other areas of your house. Most of the time, the cause of mold growth is the presence of moisture and the only cause of action to take is to eliminate the source of moisture.
Sometimes indoor mold growth is obvious and visible. However, sometimes it is not, especially if the mold is growing behind walls and hidden cavities. Often it is not easy to determine whether the hidden mold growth are extensive. This may call for mold inspection procedures to determine where the mold growth is. At other times, what may appear as mold may not necessarily be a mold outbreak; a good way to determine this would be through professional mold inspection and mold testing.
Another goal of mold inspection is to determine the cause of mold growth. Most of the time, you can tell when there is a mold growing in your house but you may be unsure of the precise cause of this mold growth. A certfied mold inspector have experience and tools, i.e. hygrometer, to inspect your home for possible sources of moisture.
A mold inspection may also be necessary if you are looking to find out if building structures, i.e. crawlspaces, attics, have been infested by the mold growth. As mentioned earlier, some molds grow in hidden spaces and only a professional mold inspection may be able to detect these hidden mold growths. By catching hidden mold growth early, you can remediate the mold to keep the house from further damage.