First of all, mould inspections have to be properly performed by experts backed up with proper training and experience through past inspections. Not everyone can perform mould inspections and it’s not exactly the best DIY project out there. Signs of mould growth in the past and the present are some of the first factors that mould inspectors look into. Any mould growth in the past may be an indication of underlying water problems, thus the mould may return during recurring leaks. People who are already allergic to mould will have health issues when they stay at places with mould, but what you may not know is that a person who wasn’t allergic beforehand can develop sensitivity to mould if they’re exposed for lengthy periods.
Mould inspections have to be conducted within the building, inside the walls and other areas where we wouldn’t want any mould growth going; these areas include the frame of the house. Do take note that a handful of mould growth in buildings are considered perfectly normal. Ophiostoma and Ceratosystis are two of the most common mould that are found in structural framing within buildings, lumber and two by fours; they can also be referred to as lumber yard mould. These moulds grow on wood sap but they stop growing the moment the wood’s dry, but they cause no further damage than a few black stains on the wood here and there. When the mould inspector sees black staining on the wood, they take a few samples and send it back to their lab; by doing so, they can determine if the mould is an immediate cause of worry.
It’s crucial for the mould inspector to pinpoint the cause of the excessive moisture; water is one of the main causes of mould growth, without water no mould will survive. By failing to pinpoint the cause and source of the moisture, expect regular recurrence of mould growth in the future; all the attempts and efforts in getting rid of the mould before would be put to waste. We can’t stress enough how important it is to find that source of moisture, searching for it is a priority.
Why are Mould Inspections Crucial?
Some of the most common reasons for mould inspections are listed below:
1. You have inexplainable allergic reactions like a runny nose or itchy eyes whenever you’re in a certain part of the house.
2. In order to be certain that the source of moisture has been removed and there are no residual mould.
3. To check if the building or house that you’ll rent or purchase doesn’t contain mould and moisture problems.