Des Moines Mold Inspection
Whether you are planning to buy a home or sell your property, opting for a mold inspection is one of the wisest decisions you can do. Molds are extremely sneaky. Perhaps you were not able to see them during the open house but upon moving in, black and gray patches are now visible. Impossible? No! The presence of mold is not an overnight buildup but is a combination of damp and moisture left unattended. So if you’re wondering if you need our Des Moines Mold Inspection, the answer is a BIG YES.
What are the impacts of the presence of mold?
Mold can be a total nuisance. It is a type of fungus that grows in multicellular structures called hyphae. It can be seen as patches of black, white, orange, green or purple. While some types of mold are actually harmless, mold spores are released into the air you breathe which can cause several health issues especially in highly sensitive people. Common ailments associated with exposure to and inhalation of mold include throat irritation, nasal congestion, sneezing, asthma attacks, headaches, itchy eyes, and even skin rashes, especially when exposed to large colonies.
Health issues aside, mold can seriously damage your home. Mold feeds on organic materials. It can eat away wood, paper, fabrics, glue, drywall, carpet, floorboards, ceiling tiles, and other structures. When left unchecked or unattended, mold can cause damage great enough to lead to the collapse of ceilings or walls. Our Des Moines Mold Inspection and test may help confirm suspicions of mold presence by looking for evidence or indications of mold. Schedule your Home Inspection Des Moines Iowa Today!
What areas in the home are prone to Mold buildup?
Mold requires three things in order to thrive – food, surface to live on, and water. Some of the areas prone to mold buildup are:
- leaking pipes (accumulation of water is a great breeding ground for mold)
- tightly sealed places without proper ventilation (this traps excess moisture)
- areas previously exposed to flood that did not thoroughly dried up such as floors and basements
- areas with poor ventilation
- areas with overly watered houseplants
- mold in HVAC can be particularly damaging because the mold inside the air ducts can quickly spread to other areas
What happens during a Des Moines Mold Inspection?
The biggest part of solving a mold problem is finding out where it comes from. It’s important to get rid of the root system. Sure you can cover it with paint or just wipe it off but the main problem will still be there and will still grow back.
During our Des Moines Mold Inspection, we thoroughly investigate the possible existence of moisture and breeding grounds of mold. Surface sampling is necessary to determine if the home has been adequately cleaned. Remember, sampling should only be conducted by professionals who are experienced and we guarantee our Des Moines home inspectors are certified to do so. After testing and the result comes back from the laboratory, the report will indicate the types, health effects of each and whether the situation is elevated or not. This report is significant for mold remediation companies as they have different types of attacking mold. Once done, we do the final test. When the results come back and it’s not elevated, it means we have success. Schedule your Home Inspection Des Moines Iowa Today!