Does a Michigan Home Inspection Check for Mold?
If you’re a homeowner or potential homebuyer, you may be wondering “Does a home inspection check for mold?” The short answer is yes. At Thumb Home Inspection, our home inspectors are trained to identify visible signs of mold, moisture damage, and other potential health risks.
Mold is a type of fungus that can cause health problems, including allergies, asthma, and other respiratory issues. Mold is commonly found in damp, dark areas of the home, such as bathrooms, basements, and attics. It can also be found under carpets, behind wallpaper, and in other hard-to-reach areas.
When our home inspectors perform an inspection, they will look for visible signs of mold in all areas of the home. Our inspectors are trained to look for water damage, warping of wood and other materials, and discoloration that could indicate mold growth. In addition to visual inspection, they may also use moisture meters and other tools to help identify potential issues.
If our home inspectors find visible signs of mold or other moisture-related issues, they will make note of it in their report. They may also recommend further testing or remediation by a qualified professional. This is especially important if the mold is in an area that is hard to reach or too dangerous to inspect.
With all that being said there is a difference between a mold inspection and a home inspection. So much so I would never perform the two simultaneously. A home inspector who is trained in mold also is the best person to perform a mold inspection. Knowing building sciences in depth is a necessity to be able to identify areas of risk when it comes to mold. A mold inspection will take swabs from air filters, samples of the air, and lift tape samples to check for spores. This is not standard in a home inspection. At Thumb Home Inspection LLC we are always looking for mold during the inspection but you should know there is a difference between the two inspections. Typically if I find what looks like mold I use a lift tape sample during a inspection. It is a low cost and effective way to identify mold. Swabs and air samples cost more and are used in more specific situations to look for mold in a home typically.
At Thumb Home Inspection LLC, we take mold and other moisture-related issues seriously. We understand that these types of problems can have a major impact on the health of a home’s occupants. That’s why we take the time to thoroughly inspect all areas of the home, including those that are often overlooked.
If you have any questions about our home inspection process or how we check for mold, don’t hesitate to contact us. We’d be happy to answer any questions you may have. We take pride in providing thorough, reliable home inspections that protect our clients and help them make informed decisions about their homes.