At HNST Mold Inspections, we offer different services depending on our customer’s needs and requirements. One question we get a lot is about the difference between mold testing and mold inspection. Read on for the main differences between the two, so that you can determine which service you’re really looking for.
Mold Testing vs Mold Inspection
Mold Testing is a technique used to identify the specific type of mold that is in your home, the number of mold spores in the air. Generally, mold testing is performed as the result of a mold inspection where mold issues were identified in order to further investigate the type of mold present and the potential danger it may pose.
Mold Inspection is a thorough visual inspection of a home or building. During the inspection, the inspector will investigate all areas of the home or building from the top to bottom and even places you may not usually access such as crawl spaces, attics, HVAC systems, basements etc. The inspector looks for visible mold as well as moisture issues such as leaks, wetness or previous water damage.
If mold is identified during an inspection, mold testing may be performed in order to determine the type and extent of the damage. Further investigation may be performed in order to determine the source of moisture causing mold and help to develop a remediation plan in order to remediate the issue.
Although some do not recommend mold inspection if you have visible mold and suggest testing is the way to go, there is a possibility that the problem may be in one or more parts of the home, or that remediation may not address the actual cause of the issue such as moisture leakage.
Mold is a serious issue, and if you’ve spotted visible mold it is best to get an inspection immediately in order to address how advanced the situation is (by mold testing) and to take active steps to control and remove it.
If you’ve noticed visible mold in your home, are getting a home inspection on a new property, or if you’re convinced the moisture issue in your home may be a bigger problem than you initially thought, give HNST Mold Inspections a call in New York or New Jersey for your Mold Inspection and Testing needs.