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A Home Inspection vs. A Mold Inspection

In the process of closing a sale on a home, a buyer hires a home inspector to look for damages that could affect its value. Too often, however, hopeful homeowners go through this process and say “My home inspector didn’t find anything!”, only to find dangerous mold growing in their new home months down the line. While home inspectors have an invaluable part to play when you are in the process of purchasing the home of your dreams, a mold inspection looks for things that could otherwise be overlooked. 

A mold inspection is a very different inspection. As mold inspectors, we are not looking at your light switches and doorknobs, or to see if the furnace is working. We are looking specifically for mold and water damage, as well as ventilation and humidity issues. Even the slightest sign of a water stain could indicate previous or active water damage. We inspect inside wall cavities, under carpets, behind baseboard heaters and base moldings, and inside your AC unit. Home inspectors don’t inspect the furniture for mildew, but we do. These are areas that often go overlooked when diagnosing a home for mold. It’s not always about what’s obvious to anyone, but that’s only obvious to a trained eye of an experienced mold inspector.

 

Contact HNST Mold Inspections today to discuss our process.

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Quick Answers to Questions About Mold

Answering people’s questions is just part of the job when it comes to Mold Inspection. Once we’re in someone’s home, they open up and start to wonder about Mold. Maybe they’ve never had to deal with mold in their lives, it can be quite unnerving finding it in your home. With that in mind, here are some of the questions we’ve been getting lately on the job and some quick answers to those questions about mold.

What is Mold?

Mold is a fungus whose growth is propelled by moist warm conditions, especially on organic matter.

Where can mold grow in my home?

Mold can grow anywhere moisture or humidity is present. Places like bathrooms, basements, and the attic. Or on organic surfaces such as drywall, wallpaper, furniture, and damp clothing.

Can Mold make me sick?

There are some types of mold that are toxic. However, the usual exposure to mold in the home results in allergy-like symptoms such as watery/itchy eyes, coughing or sneezing, and runny nose. If you feel symptoms in your home that you do not feel anywhere else it can clue you into a probable issue.

What warning signs can I look for?

Most mold is easy to spot, it usually found as spots on the walls of damp rooms,  or by the smell of musk or mildew in a basement or attic. Pay attention to any areas with moisture and try to fix any leaks you can see.

HNST Mold Inspections provides services to New York and New Jersey. Contact us a call today for your Mold Inspection, Allergen Testing, Water Damage Assessment, or VOC Sampling.

What does black mold look like?

What Does Black Mold Look Like?

Most people know what mold looks like, we’ve seen it growing on food long expired in our fridge. However, for the average person, determining if mold is in fact Black Mold (stachybotrys chartarum) by your eyes alone is not easy. For a professional mold expert, it is easier to identify a mold as stachybotrys because of its distinguishable MOLD appearance in its mature state. A slow-growing mold, Black Mold can be thick in context and black in color. Yet, if you do not know the various types of mold, it may not necessarily look much different from other mold species, which are black in nature. The only way for us to say with certainty that a specific mold is, in fact, black mold, is for us to take a swab sample for confirmation. Read more

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Hidden Signs Of Mold

Damp basement, abandoned home and musty garage. These three places have one thing in common: the potential for mold growth. When present in any of these situations, mold can proliferate causing serious problems down the line and even triggering health issues. Be on the lookout for these hidden signs of mold so that you can take action as soon as possible and even prevent the growth of harmful mold.

  1. Do you smell something coming from your chimney? The first sign of mold growth in a chimney can come from the smell. Be sure to have your chimney swept on a recommended schedule and all repairs done in a timely manner. This will help to prevent damp or wetness giving mold a chance to thrive.
  2. Allergies symptoms in certain places. If you have allergy symptoms in a certain room or place, but they disappear when you are not in that environment, there is a potential the trigger could be mold. Track your reactions to pinpoint where your allergies really flare, contact a mold inspector if need be.
  3. Bubbling paint on your walls is another sign that moisture is a problem. Moisture gives mold the perfect place to grow, so reduce humidity in the affected room. You may need to investigate where the moisture is being let into the room, check for leaks, condensation on windows, etc.
  4. Soft or squishy floors are a sign there is moisture in the wood beneath you. This can be due to rotting wood which has been exposed to moisture for too long. Of course, the organic material and moisture are breeding grounds for mold. Get ahead of this one quick!

Don’t let mold build-up and spread, catch it quickly and erase it for good. If you’ve noticed one of these signs in your home, or perhaps another we haven’t mentioned, call your local Mold Inspector. Are you in the New York/New Jersey area? Give us a call at HNST Mold Inspections, or contact us now.

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Five things you should know about mold

As a mold inspector, HNST Mold Inspections visit many homes and offices investigating suspected mold. There are always different reasons for someone to call us, from concern due to a musty smell in a basement or something more severe such as when health symptoms persist and an allergy to mold is suspect. For those who call us in to do an investigation, there are usually a fair amount of questions that come with our visit. From what we hear regularly, we’ve put together a list of the top five things you should know about mold. These five things are important in that knowing them can help you identify, know where to turn for help, and prevent mold growth. Read more

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Vacation Home Indoor Air Quality

This time of year, many are flocking to their vacation homes, cottages and shore houses. Just as with our homes, your vacation home may have issues with indoor air quality (IAQ). Problems such as mold, and other volatile organic compounds (VOC’s) could be lurking. Here’s what to consider when heading out on vacation.  Read more

New Home - Pre-Purchase Mold Inspection

New Home – Pre-Purchase Mold Inspection

This time of year omes are selling left and right. Whether in Newberg, NY or Montclair, NJ, there is no doubt the housing market is hot.  Are you purchasing or selling a home right now? Then it’s time to schedule your pre-purchase mold inspection. Mold in the home is a common concern for both buyers and sellers during a home purchase. Just the sight of mold, no matter what kind can make potential buyers change their mind on a home, and possibly affect the resale value. Read more