Do I need a Microbial Inspection?
Microbial testing, what most people call mold testing, is most valuable for the potential homebuyer. Verified evidence of microbial growth can be used as a bargaining chip. You can ask the seller to reduce the asking price, to fix the problem, or you can choose to walk away from the deal.
For the current homeowner or landlord microbial testing can specify the type of mold present, it’s possible source, and help decide your course of action. If you or a family member has asthma or if a baby or an elderly person will live in the house, you'll want to be especially concerned about limiting exposure to mold.
Exposure to damp and moldy environments may cause a variety of health effects. Some people are more sensitive to molds than others. For these people, molds can cause nasal stuffiness, throat irritation, coughing or wheezing, eye irritation, or, in some cases, skin irritation. People with mold allergies may have more severe reactions. Immune-compromised people and people with chronic lung illnesses, such as obstructive lung disease, may get serious infections in their lungs when they are exposed to mold.
Mold will grow in places with a lot of moisture, such as around leaks in roofs, windows, pipes, or where there has been flooding. It can enter your home through open doorways, windows, vents, and heating and air conditioning systems. It also likes to grow on paper products, cardboard, ceiling tiles, and wood products and in dust, paints, wallpaper, insulation, drywall, carpet, fabric, and upholstery.
A microbial inspection involves checking for the presence of visible mold growth in basements, lower rooms, crawl spaces, attics and rooms with water damage. Window frames, carpets, ceiling tiles, HVAC units indoor plants, and any contiguous greenhouses will be thoroughly investigated. Any suspected microbial growth will be sampled and sent for lab analysis to identify the type of mold present.