Mold Inspection Vs. Testing: Inspection Basics

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There are a few threats to home interiors where multiple different approaches may be used to identify and remedy the issue, and mold is a great example. Both mold inspections and mold tests may be carried out for a given home, particularly one that’s changing ownership – how do these differ, and which might you require for your needs?

At Aerolite Consulting, we’re here to offer a huge range of home inspections and environmental contaminant testing for clients around Salt Lake City, Provo, Orem. St. George and other parts of Utah. Our home inspections include a variety of different formats, and we also offer specified options like mold testing, asbestos testing and other forms of direct contaminant testing to ensure any home is healthy for occupants. In this two-part blog series, we’ll compare mold inspections with mold tests – part one will focus on the former while part two will go over the latter, with some tips in each on which might be ideal for your needs.

Mold Inspection Basics

As the term indicates, a mold inspection refers to a physical inspection of the home, which is carried out in an effort to identify any visible evidence or signs that mold might be present. In most cases such inspections refer to physical examination of both indoor and outdoor areas for any signs of moisture (which can then lead to mold growth), as well as exterior walls and roofs that may have become compromised due to age or weather damage.

Steps of a Typical Mold Inspection

While this may vary somewhat depending on the structure in question and a few other factors, here’s a general layout of how a mold inspection will go:

  • Initial interview with owner or occupant: If possible, an initial interview with the home’s occupant or owner should be carried out prior to the inspection, so that any known issues with water leaks, flooding or other moisture-related incidents can be discussed.
  • Visual examination: The inspector will then begin by visually examining both interior and exterior spaces of the home for any signs of mold growth, as well as dampness in walls, ceilings and other spaces.
  • Moisture meter: In some cases, a moisture meter may also be used to check for any unseen moisture in walls, ceilings and other areas that can lead to mold growth with time.
  • Infrared images: In other situations, infrared images may also be taken in order to better identify moisture and potential mold-growing spots.
  • Documentation: The inspector will document any evidence of mold, such as pictures or descriptions, for future reference.
  • Written report: At the end of the inspection, a written report will typically be provided to the homeowner that details any signs of mold present, plus any recommended actions.

Mold inspections are often carried out as part of a home inspection prior to sale, or before an occupant moves in. They can also be done on a regular basis for existing occupants, in order to identify any issues early and ensure overall health of the home’s environment.

In our next post, we’ll look at how mold tests differ from inspections – stay tuned! And for either of these activities, or for any other home inspection or environmental testing needs you might have, be sure to reach out to the team here at Aerolite Consulting.