How to Avoid Being Swindled during A Mold Inspection

By David Touchton
http://nationaldisasterrecovery.org
servprobartowlakelandhighlands.com

Have you recently experienced a natural disaster in your area and are now worried about mold in your home? When big storms strike, they can leave microscopic evidence behind in the form of mold. While you may not have a large hole in your roof that is causing mildew and mold problems, small cracks may be the culprit. Although mold is not dangerous in every case, when it is, it can cause serious health problems for you and your family. When you order mold damage inspectors, you will want to protect yourself from shady mold inspectors. Thankfully, there are a few ways that you can avoid being swindled during a mold inspection.

Check your sources
One of the best ways to hire a contractor of any kind for your home is through a personal referral. However, when it comes to mold inspection, you also want to check for certifications, references or credentials. You may need to pay close attention to the certification that the mold damage inspectors offer because it could be a fake or outdated certificate. After you check it out online or make a few phone calls, you will have all you need to hire someone that will do a professional job with the correct knowledge required. This will greatly reduce the number of potential variables that could go wrong in the mold inspection process.

Be wary of inspectors that work too quickly
If you want to protect you and your family from mold, you need to have your home thoroughly investigated. If the mold investigator is in and out of your home within 15 minutes, you should feel suspicious. To complete a thorough investigation, they will need to do moisture and temperature readings behind walls, in the ceilings, in the floors and in your duct work. On average, it takes about two to three hours to complete a mold inspection.

There are some mold inspectors that will argue that if they see mold, no testing or sampling is necessary. Despite this, true professionals will do mold testing anyway.
There are some mold inspectors that will argue that if they see mold, no testing or sampling is necessary. Despite this, true professionals will do mold testing anyway.

Understand that you might need more than one sample
There are some mold inspectors that will argue that if they see mold, no testing or sampling is necessary. Despite this, true professionals will do mold testing anyway. This means that you will see them using swabs on the wall to collect mold that may not be visible to the naked eye. If a mold inspector refuses to do this at all, you need to take your business elsewhere.

A good inspection has multiple layers
Many times, mold inspectors will begin the process of inspection by looking for mold on the outside of your walls, floors and ceilings. If they cannot find the mold, they will do deeper investigations. What you do not want is for a contractor to come into your home looking for mold and knock down wall as the very first thing they do. This is not only unnecessary, but it is also absurd. Nevertheless, this type of unprofessional behavior has happened to more than a few homeowners.

Get your home inspected for mold the right way
Now that you have a better idea of how to hire a good mold inspector, the next step is to pick up the phone and call the one at the top of your list. You will be offered a price range for services, and some of the costs apply to remediation and not inspection. When you schedule your appointment, be sure to pick a time where you have about four hours to be on-hand for the inspection process. When the mold damage inspection is over, ask for a few business cards to give to your friends and family. If mold is detected, the inspector can help you find a reliable mold remediation (AKA removal) service to restore your home to its previous glory.

David Touchton

Mr. Touchton is the President and owner of ServPro of Bartow/Lakeland Highlands. He has 4 years of experience in the field and holds Water Damage Restoration Certification from IICRC. His office is certified in applied structural drying, water damage restoration, and lead-based paint activities and restoration. His favorite part of the job is helping people who have experienced a stressful event and our ServPro team can make it “Like it never even happened”.