Do you need a black mold inspection of your home? You need to know if this potentially hazardous form of fungus is lurking in your home. Black mold, technically known as stachybotrys chartarum, has many known health risks and can also cause serious damage to your house. You can read about the many black mold health risks and you can learn more about how mold can damage your home by following the links. It’s bad stuff and if you have it in your home, you need to get rid of it.
We’ll tell you when and how to inspect your home for black mold and how to find qualified black mold inspectors.
We suggest thoroughly inspecting your entire home for black mold if:
To perform a thorough black mold inspection of your home, you need to look everywhere. And by everywhere, well, we mean everywhere.
Places to look include:
It may also be necessary to look inside walls and under floorboards. To do this, a small section of drywall or floorboard is cut out and removed. Then a flashlight and a small mirror on a long handle are used to inspect the inside of the wall or the underside of the floorboards. It’s often necessary to cut out multiple sections, every few feet or so, in order to inspect an entire wall or floor.
If this all sounds time-consuming and somewhat complicated, it is. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency suggests having professional black mold inspectors assist with home mold inspections, especially if it is necessary to do things like cut holes in drywall that might be moldy, because that process can stir up hundreds of thousands of mold spores that are easily inhaled and can make you ill.
You may already know you have mold in your home. Maybe you see the mold.
But is it stachybotrys chartarum or one of several hundred other strains of mold sometimes found in homes in the United States? You can’t tell by looking at it. If you need to know what kind of mold is in your home, you can arrange to have the mold tested. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website says that in most cases, it’s not important to test mold to determine what kind of mold it is, since all types of mold can be harmful and need to be removed from your home. You can opt to have the mold in your home tested, however, if you want to know if it is stachybotrys chartarum. You can read more about black mold testing here.
The Environmental Protection Agency recommends hiring a mold inspector that follows the protocols established by professional agencies like the American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists. Mold remediation professionals often offer free home inspections for black mold. After inspecting your home, they will provide a written estimate for the cost of any mold removal that needs to be done. There’s no obligation on your part, though, so you can decide whether or not you need professional assistance with mold removal. You can read more about the mold removal process here.
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