Mold Inspections

Millions of homes across America have hidden water leaks that promote mold growth and can expose homeowners to mold  spores.  Mold has a potential to cause health problems like allergies, irritation (to lungs, eyes, skin, throat, nose) and are potentially toxic. Inhaling and touching mold spores may cause allergic reactions in sensitive individuals and otherwise normally healthy individuals may become sensitive to mold after exposure.


A good mold investigation begins with a thorough visual inspection of the home. Mold damages what it grows on. The longer it grows the more  damage it can cause.  Mold may be undetected, growing from concealed water leaks, and can develop  into a potentially large problem if not caught in time.


The visual inspection should include the attic, crawl space, HVAC system, any stains, discolorations, or signs of moisture intrusion; as well as, around appliances such as dishwashers and other appliances that may be a source of moisture.


Taking surface samples and/or air samples is sometimes required to provide a better assessment. For example,  surface samples of discolorations can determine if the discoloration is mold growth or just  water stains. Air samples can help identify whether there are hidden reservoirs within walls that are  leading to human exposure in the home.


A typical residential inspection consists of the following:

  • Visually inspecting the property for signs of water intrusion and mold growth
  • Measuring moisture in the air (Humidity)
  • Measuring moisture in the walls, ceilings etc. to locate any sources of mold growth
  • Taking biological surface samples of any visible mold
  • Taking air samples in areas of concern. A standard inspection would be two indoor air samples and one outdoor air sample. The outdoor air sample establishes a reference or baseline for what normal mold levels should be for the indoor areas.

A mold investigation enables the buyer to feel confident about closing the real estate transaction.

The use of Certified Mold Inspector will help lead to accurate, cost-effective, and useful conclusions.


HouseFacts Home Inspections also offers additional inspection services such as: Complete Home inspections, termite inspections, pool and spa inspections, inspections of any outbuildings on the property, and commercial or multi-dwelling properties. Take advantage of our additional services so you can further minimize post-sale problems or hazards in your new home.