If you are considering buying a foreclosed home or a house that was left vacant for a long period of time, you may find a home filled with mold. The reason for this is because generally speaking, old foreclosed homes are stripped of nearly everything inside. Stripping refers to the removal of all finishes inside such as the floor boards, furniture, appliances, cabinets, etc. These stripped areas are prime locations of where mold forms. The worst part about it is that if you find mold in an area such as a wall; it is almost certain that there is twice as much mold located inside the wall. The reason for this could be that there is a lot of moisture on the wall that is brought about the lack of ventilation. This is especially true for houses whose windows have been closed for long periods of time.
Molds are dangerous to say the least. Exposure to it can lead to many health complications such as allergies, immune system deficiencies, and even severe asthma attacks to those who have pre-existing asthma conditions. If you are planning to buy an old home, one of the required actions to take is to have a mold inspection and testing service visit your home. In Philadelphia, the best mold inspection and testing service is Philadelphia Mold Testing.
When to have mold inspection
There are many times in a year that you will have your homes tested or serviced for many things. Among those annual procedures is mold inspection and testing, where experienced professionals visit your home to inspect and test for the presence of mold. To actually know when to have your home tested mold is very difficult because there are many types of mold that grow in different weather and climate. There is mold also that grows inside your appliance. The point is, it is almost impossible to determine when you should have mold inspectors test your home. There are, however, a few determinants when to have your home tested. These are:
- If you plan on selling your home. In order to get top dollar on your home, you will definitely need to have your home inspected and tested for mold. If you fail to do so before putting it on the market, your real estate agent will not be able to sell your home.
- If you wish to save money on costly renovations and repairs, you will need to have your home checked regularly for mold. When you have a mold condition that has gotten worse progressively on certain areas of your home, it would be impossible for you to have those areas simply covered. This will not protect anyone from mold exposure. To remove the mold problem, you will have to have that area completely restructured with new building material, which will cost a small fortune. This is why regular mold inspection and testing in your home is a practical idea.
- If by some chance, you or your family members begin getting asthma attacks, skin irritation, skin allergies, and respiratory problems; these are indication that you may have a mold problem at home.
- If your home has recently experienced water damage in the form of flooding, this is also an indication that you need mold testing. Mold requires a lot of moisture for it to grow. Moisture comes in the form of water which condensates into the air. This paired with humidity is the perfect growing platform for mold to grow and develop into toxic mold that is dangerous to everyone living in that home.
- When you are sitting down relaxing on your couch and you start smelling a musky odor in the air. The odor of mold is characterized by a smell that is musky and often irritating.
How we will test your home for molds
In hiring our services, you are getting the best mold testing service in the city of Philadelphia. Our roster of representatives consists only of certified individuals who are more than well-experienced at inspecting and testing for molds in your home. We will test for molds in your home by following this step by step process:
Step 1- When we visit your home to conduct testing, our service representatives will interview you on your home. We will ask you certain questions about your house’s history as well as any medical complications experienced by you and your family inside the house. We find that many times, people’s illnesses such as asthma, allergies, and skin rashes are indication that there is mold present in their homes.
Step 2- After the interview is completed; our representatives will then conduct a thorough visual inspection of your house. This includes you bedrooms, kitchens, basements, attics, and even your garage and patios if you have them.
Step 3- Our representatives will also take samples of the mold that they find on your wall, ceilings, bathroom tiles, and any other areas where there is mold growth. They will take samples of the air in those areas for a thorough testing to be conducted in a credited laboratory.
Step 4- After the inspection and testing process has been completed; our representatives will go straight to a credited laboratory where their findings will be tested so that they can make a detailed report on their findings which they will present to you in a few days.