A mould inspection will check the inside and outside of your home. Mould tends to grow in poorly ventilated areas and is often the result of water damage. If your home was any continuously damp areas, it is possible you have mould growing.
Mould is most commonly found in bathrooms, tiled areas, carpets, and ceilings. However, you can also find mould on walls covered in wallpaper, structural wood, and insulation. If you have mould in your home, it can affect the health of any residents, and it may be costly to remove. Common health concerns caused by mould in the home include skin, eye, or nose irritation, asthmatic attacks, and wheezing. In some severe cases, people have developed mould infections in their lungs.
At Owner Inspections, we can visit your home and conduct a mould inspection using specialised equipment. If we detect mould, we’ll take a sample and determine the type of mould present. After the inspection is complete, we’ll prepare a report that details what is causing the mould growth and the steps required to rectify the issue.
How do you inspect mould?
Checking the wet areas of your home is the best place to start when looking for mould. Pull out all the items from your bathroom cupboards and examine the wall near the water pipes. You’ll notice black or green patches if you have mould in these areas. The mould may still be present even if you can’t see anything. Mould has a distinctive musty or earthy smell; if you notice these, you may have mould growing in places you can’t see, such as behind the walls.
If you suspect you have mould in your home, it is best to get the advice of professional mould inspectors, such as those from Owner Inspections. Our team will use several non-destructive methods to inspect your home and find the cause of the mould infestation. These devices can include thermal imaging cameras, wall cavity cameras, hygrometers, and dust particulate counters. If the mould growth in your home is extensive destructive measures (with the owner’s permission) may be required to locate the sources and assess the repair costs.
What is a mould report?
A mould report is provided after an inspection is completed. At Owner Inspections, our report will detail what mould was found and where it was located. The report will also identify the cause of the problem and what repairs are required.
The mould reports will provide enough information so the owners can fix the problem and cease mould growth. You’ll also receive photographs that detail the extent o the mould for your reference.
What are the first signs of mould?
When you have mould in your home, the first signs can be that the occupants are experiencing allergy-type symptoms. If you’re unsure if the home is causing your symptoms, you can see how you feel when you’re away from home. After you’ve been out of the house, are your symptoms better or worse? If you feel better, it is likely something inside the home creating the issue.
Where to get a mould inspection?
You can book a qualified mould inspector at Owner Inspections. We’ll visit your home (or the home you’re buying) and complete the mould inspection. Your inspection takes 1-2 hours, with larger homes requiring additional time.