Mold Inspections

Molds are part of the natural environment.  Outdoors, molds play a part in nature by breaking down dead organic matter such as fallen leaves and dead trees, but indoors, mold growth should be avoided.  Molds reproduce by means of tiny spores; the spores are invisible to the naked eye and float through outdoor and indoor air.  Mold may begin growing indoors when mold spores land on surfaces that are wet.  There are many types of mold, and none of them will grow without water or moisture.   (EPA guide to mold)

So, what do I do about it?

Homespect LLC can help! We are an IAC2 certified mold inspection/testing company.
The first step is to identify the type of mold and the International Association of Indoor Air Consultants Mold Certifiedcause of the mold. We can perform our complete mold inspection. This inspection provides you with an evaluation of common and potential problem areas conducive to mold growth. Samples are also taken (4 samples) and sent out for laboratory analysis and identification. You the client, can then present this information to a remediation contractor. An informed decision can be made as to what remediation steps can be taken.


Causes of Mold

Where mold grows easily---

Attics with roof leaks or inadequate ventilation;
Basements with dirt floors or water problems;
Behind and under showers, tubs, toilets, and bathroom walls;
Books, magazines, newspapers;
Carpeting and padding;
Ceilings [from roof leaks];
Ceiling tiles;
Crawl spaces;
Drywall in ceilings and walls;
Garbage disposal;
Heating/cooling equipment & ducts;
Humidifiers & vaporizers [inside];
Leather items;
Paper, cardboard & other paper products;
Plants [house plants];
Upholstered furniture;
Walls [from siding, roof, & plumbing leaks];
Wallpaper & behind wallpaper; and
Wood products

Frequent Causes of Mold Growth---

Basement flooding and water intrusion
Closeness to lake, river, or ocean
Clothes dryer exhausting into walls, ceiling, or attic
Construction defects + poor workmanship
Crawl space flooding and water intrusion
Firewood stored indoors
High indoor humidity [60%+]
Humidifiers & vaporizers
Inadequate ventilation
Indoor plants
Lot grading downward to home
Overflow from tubs, showers, sinks, & toilets
Leaky roof
Sewage pipe leaks
Siding water leak
Venting inadequacies in kitchen & bathrooms
Water supply pipe leaks