We do Mycotoxin Testing. Got mold? We can fix that.
Being exposed to mold in your home can lead to various kinds of sickness. Health problems caused by mold are often difficult to track back to mold. But you don’t have to let it go that far. While it is a good practice to inspect a home when you purchase it, you should especially consider contacting the experts at Gulf Coast Home Inspection to get a mold inspection done when you notice a musty odor, water stains, known water damage or see mold (incl. discoloration of wall) in our SW Florida home.
Sources of Moisture:
The short answer is maybe. Mold is Fungi a living organism that needs two things to live, water and food. A leak in the roof or wall will provide the first thing, water. The material itself, gypsum, wood etc. provides the second, food. The third unknown is time. Mold can grow given the right conditions but does not always grow given its two needs. So does a stain mean the home has mold? It’s not known usually unless it can be confirmed visually and or a mold sample is done and sent to a certified lab. Gulf Coast Home Inspection utilizes the latest tools and equipment infrared imaging, smoke pens, data logger, moisture meters are just some. The inspection might take some time to get the correct results, such as lab results, data logger info, moisture changes in the building. Gulf Coast Home Inspection can provide a mold inspection on your home if you feel it’s necessary.
If mold has been visually identified or a leak is identified that could be a source of mold or a musty smell is evident its advised that an inspection of the home be conducted. This will be done by one of Gulf Coast Home Inspection licensed and trained mold assessor. A inspection will include air samples when needed. Photos and descriptions of the suspected areas will be conducted and the mold samples shipped to a lab with a chain of custody to determine what if any mold may be present. Gulf Coast Home Inspection has partnered with Priorty Labs to then further analyze the results and produce a written report outlining the the lab results.
Mold inspection can range from a few hundred dollars to as much as a thousand dollars depending on the homes size and the number of areas needed to be inspected. Most inspections are in the lower half of that range and Gulf Coast Home Inspection will provide you with a cost estimate prior to conducting any mold inspection.
Gulf Coast Home Inspection will provide mold tests in the state of Florida.
Mold growth can happen behind walls, under floors, in the attack, and crawl spaces. So not seeing mold growth does not mean there was no mold. That is why it is very important to have the total picture of the home and your concerns. Then the inspection can be conducted with the best information and concerns addressed.