Even though you might save money by trying to collect your own samples for mold rather than hire a profession mold inspector, you will not be able to collect samples from all the locations where mold could possibly be growing. Mold inspectors are trained in the current guidelines and practices in testing for mold including mold that could be hidden in between your walls, in your attic, or in your basement.
If you try to sell your home in Washington, DC and previously detected mold, you may be required by law to disclose this information to potential buyers. Knowing there had been a mold problem in the past could affect a buyer’s offer or may change their decision to buy your home. After you have a mold remediation, you should contact a mold inspector to evaluate the remediation process and provide you with documentation that your home was found to be free of the mold problem. It will allow a potential buyer to feel comfortable about purchasing your home if you can provide them proof that the problem was taken care of by a professional.
Even if you are not selling your home in Washington, DC, you should contact a mold inspector if you notice any of the following symptoms:
• Moldy or musty odor especially after heavy rainfalls.
• Excessive humidity during hot and humid weather.
• Stained or discolored ceilings or walls.
• Leaky windows.
• Evidence of chronic leaks.
Other mold symptoms could be health-related issues. You might have heard the term “sick building syndrome.” This is when an indoor air environment is experiencing mold-related issues, and everyone is feeling sick because of it.
When a professional mold inspector comes to your home in Washington, DC, he will test many different areas for mold such as floors, ceilings, walls, attics, basements, wall cavities, rugs and carpets, and the air. If excessive mold is found, you will need to hire a mold remediation company in the Washington, DC area to remove the mold completely and safely. After the remediation process, you should have your home reinspected to make sure the remediation was successful.