Usually, we recommend a visual inspection before you spend the money on mold testing. If visible mold is present, testing is probably a waste of money. Check out this fact sheet from the Minnesota Dept. of Health, or visit our Mold Testing page to see why.
What is Involved in a Visual Inspection?
A visual inspection is what it sounds like. You, or your inspector, should take a close look around for any sign of damage or potential for water intrusion. See the list below for some common things to look for.
- Visible mold growth
- Visible water staining
- Water in the crawl space
- Improper grading around house/office
- Irrigation systems too close to building
- Improper attic insulation or ventilation
- High humidity levels
- Leaks under sinks or in other areas
Keep in mind that this is only a partial list. A good visual inspection should give you a good idea of what is going on in your home or office with regards to water & drainage, air flow in the building, and the general state of any appliance or equipment that is likely to be an issue.
Free Mold Inspections
We currently offer free visual inspections in Boone, Hamilton, Hancock, Hendricks, Howard, Johnson, Marion, Morgan, Owen, Shelby, Tipton, and Putnam counties as our schedule allows. For some issues we are often able to provide pricing more quickly by email.