Once mold takes a hold of a home, it can be hard to find all of it.
It can be even harder to get it all out. Before you start the process of removing mold from a house, you'll need to know where it is.
If you're not sure how to hire for mold testing, follow these basic tips:
1. Value Thoroughness over Thriftiness
While it might be tempting to work with the cheapest mold inspectors around, it could be better to hire a company that gives you a pricier estimate. If you want to make sure that your inspector doesn't miss any mold in your home, only a thorough job will do, and the most conscientious mold inspectors simply cost more to hire.
2. Be Aware of Hidden Costs
Some mold testing companies might offer free initial inspections, but these services are often bundled with costly add-ons. Also, if a company offers both mold inspections and mold remediation services, they might have more incentive to exaggerate your situation, which means you might want to have these services done separately.
3. Quiz Them on Their Mold Know-How
The EPA has laid down strict guidelines for mold testing and removal, and the right mold inspectors will be well-versed on all of these government standards and regulations. If mold inspection licensing is required in your state, the right company will have their paperwork in order, and they'll also be more than happy to provide free estimates and referrals. Also review these types of molds found in and around the home.
Aspergillus, Cladosporium, Fusarium, Penicilium and Stachybotrys are Toxic Molds
Aspergillus, Cladosporium and Stachybotrys are Common Household Molds
Ask a Mold Inspector about these Types of Household Molds:
- Alternaria: this black/white mold typically develops in the kitchen, bathroom or other areas with moisture and a lack of sunlight.
- Aspergillus: typically airborne it doesn't cause major issues, but when it gathers in areas of the house it forms toxic colonies.
- Aureobasidium: this pink/black mold gathers on surfaces such as wood, caulk, paint and wallpaper. It's very common.
- Chaetomium: this dark mold builds in sheetrock or drywall that has been exposed to water.
- Cladosporium: found in household fabrics such as upholstery and older carpets as well areas where wood boards meet, such as cabinets or flooring.
- Fusarium: also found in household fabrics such as upholstery and older carpets.
- Penicillium: this fast-moving mold grows in insulation that has been exposed to water or flooding.
- Stachybotrys Chartarum: this is also called Black Mold or Toxic Mold and develops around wet pipes, air ducts and tubes.
- Serpula Lacrymans: rarely found indoors, this yellow mold loves wood. But it can sometimes appear on wooden surfaces in the home.
- Trichoderma: this mold can be found across most absorbent household surfaces (wallpaper, carpets, particle board) exposed to repeated water.
- Ulocladium: more common outdoors, this mold typically develops indoors after a flood