Brett Hodgdon, PE
What To Do If Your Home Inspection Reveals Mold
First, don't panic.
It's not uncommon for home inspectors to find mold issues in the Kanawha Valley. They may find visible evidence of possible mold growth. But only a mold test can confirm the presence of mold.
Kanawha Valley Engineering & Home Inspections performs a basic mold test, which includes taking samples that vary by number and type depending on the property. A mold test also can confirm the presence of mold, even if there aren't visible signs.
This is not included in a home or structural inspection, but can be performed in conjunction with either. And, it's important because mold growth in a home is one of the many contributors to poor indoor air quality. So, here's what to do:
Ask questions. Ask your inspector for details, severity and origin of the mold. You'll want to hire a professional for moisture control problems, so it's best to have as much details as you can get.
Find out how much it will cost. Getting a quote for mold remediation can help you gauge the price range. Then, you'll have an idea of what kind of impact it may have on your budget.
Fix it. If mold has been confirmed in your home, you will want to fix it as soon as possible to maintain the integrity of the home, as well as your health and safety.