Spartanburg Mold Testing

Having mold in your home can create major issues with indoor air quality that leads to health issues. Mold is a result of excess moisture being trapped in or on surfaces. Some of the common culprits that are highly susceptible to mold are bathrooms, garages, and basements. These areas usually have water sources, or are an area where runoff or evaporation are difficult. If you believe you have mold in your home, contacting a home inspector in Spartanburg, SC that specializes in mold inspection and testing is a great start.

At Carolina Inspection Associates, we start with an all encompassing inspection of the home, looking closely at common areas where mold is known to grow. This substance can often spread, creating larger problems if left untreated for extended periods of time. A certified mold inspection professional in Greenville will take a sample of the suspected substance and report back the results to advise next course of action. Self testing kits are available at retail stores or online, yet it is not recommended. We have outlined some information below about the process, and when to call a mold inspector to your home.

Are Store Bought Mold Testing Kits Accurate?

  • Mold test results from DIY home mold tests are often misleading or simply wrong (i.e. due to sampling error). It’s best to have a professional take the test and interpret the results.
  • Home Mold Test Kits don’t include a visual inspection conducted by a mold professional which is very beneficial! A professional mold inspection includes not only sampling, but a comprehensive visual inspection to detect issues and problems related to mold that are not apparent to most people without training in building sciences and mold inspections.
  • Mold is everywhere. Yes, all homes have small amounts of mold. Therefore, when a petri dish from a home mold test tells you that you have mold, it is not telling you anything particularly useful since every home has mold!
  • If you suspect a mold problem but do not actually see it or smell it, these test kits do little to help you locate the problem or tell you how serious it is.

Does Bleach Work For Removing Mold?

There is rumor that has been around for ages that bleach can kill most. This is actually not accurate. Although bleach can hide the appearance of mold, this will cause the mold spores to bury deeper inside of the surface causing a more severe mold problem.

When Should I Consider A Mold Inspection?

  • When visible mold is not present, but the smell of mold is. Here a mold inspection and mold test can reveal whether there is indeed elevated mold, and where it is located.
  • There have been plumbing leaks or water issues and there is a suspicion that elevated mold may exist in the air and/or behind walls.
  • Post Mold Removal Clearance Testing to ensure that the previous mold issue has been resolved and mold counts have returned to levels found in normal environments of the same type.
  • Health Concerns: In some cases, a doctor or the patient has a health issue that they cannot pinpoint the cause but seems to be related to mold symptoms (coughing, sneezing, headaches, etc). Here, a mold inspection and test may help to confirm whether the doctor’s or patient’s suspicions that a mold problem exists.
  • For real estate transactions for the protection of Buyers and Sellers.
  • Landlord/Tenant disputes as to whether there is a mold problem.
  • Someone thinks they see or smell mold but are not sure.
  • Someone is interested in a general Indoor Air Quality test of their environment.
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