Mold Testing for Home Inspectors
Moulding is a by-product of the breakdown of organic matter, such as plants, wood, and even food and certain beverages. The problem of the solution posed to humans by mold is their spores, which can be released into the air and land on damp surfaces indoors, where they will continue to grow if the conditions are right. Mold spore cases left unaddressed can quickly spread and result in damage to the structure of a home. More importantly, mould can compromise the respiratory health of susceptible individuals. Although testing for mold falls outside InterNACHI’s Residential Standards of home inspectors can benefit from getting trained in mold testing and offering this valuable – and sometimes life-changing – service to their clients.
Mold Inspections and Home Maintenance
The scope of a molar checking requires particular knowledge of HVAC systems, roofs, the exterior, and plumbing systems.
Homeowners must be vigilant about checking for leaks both inside and outside and making sure their home is free of conducive conditions – the main culprit being water. Leaks should be fixed as soon as possible.
Mold testing is two main methods: air sampling and surface sampling. Both types require analysis by a certified laboratory. But it’s more common for a private lab to perform the analysis and generate the results in a report, and the cost is usually included in the price of the test kit.
• moisturize meter: This basic tool is used to detect moisture in structural components. There are invasive and non-invasive models available.
• This measured the humidity level inside a room or building. Problem areas will show up as dark gradients.
Air sampling is conducted indoors and outdoors using spore cases or canisters. This common method is used for homes in areas suspected of having high concentrations of mold spores. The outside samples are used to create a control or baseline to determine the level of contamination, and then the control is compared to the indoor samples.
The surface sample is the more common and easiest method for testing for indoor mold.
Sampling kit is typically sold by the laboratories that test for mold and send back the results of their analysis.
which can quickly lead to mold growth. Home inspectors can get training to identify mold, as well as conducive conditions and where mold likely to grow. To know how to remove mold from walls, read here!