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Without question, mold is one of the most understood threats to a home.  Mold can almost always be found in the air that we breathe and the buildings we live in. Mold typically reproduces by means of airborne spores. These spores are present in the air and only need the right conditions to cultivate. Most molds grow better in dark, damp environments.  Examples of locations for mold growth would be in basements, behind walls or HVAC ducts.

Mold can be harmful for two reasons. First, mold can feed on and destroy most of the organic materials found in buildings with plenty of dark places and organic substances for mold to feed on. By adding water, you have created a perfect mold breeding ground.

The problem of mold in buildings is one that no building owner or manager can afford to ignore. As noted, the buildings can readily supply the conditions that mold needs to flourish; namely a satisfactory temperature range and moisture.

What Is A Mold Inspection?

A mold inspection is when a person looks for mold growth in a building. To give you a better understanding of what mold inspections should and need to include, here are important factors to consider for mold inspections.

Four Important Things You Should Know About Mold Inspections

  1. Mold inspections need to be performed by a qualified mold inspector who has formal training and experience with mold inspections. Training and experience are necessary.

  2. Mold inspections should look for evidence of past or current mold growth. Past mold growth may indicate a water problem which will come back when certain conditions return such as a recurring leak. Past mold growth may also cause sensitized individuals to have an allergic reaction or, conceivably, cause some individuals to start becoming sensitized to mold.

  3. Mold inspections should look for mold within the building, inside walls, and in other areas where mold growth is undesirable, including areas where mold growth could be causing structural issues such as wood decay in crawl spaces.

  4. It is very important that the mold inspection look for sources of moisture. Water is essential for mold growth. Without a source of water, you will not have mold growth. Consequently, if there is mold growth, it must be associated with a source of moisture. If this source of moisture is not found and eliminated, the mold growth will return and remediation efforts are of negligible long term value. The importance of looking for sources of moisture cannot be overstated and must be included.

You may want to verify your building has mold if you have an allergic reaction, such as sneezing, runny nose, and/or itchy eyes, while associated with a certain room or building. A mold inspection will help verify the sources of moisture have been successfully stopped and that no residual mold growth has been left following known water and mold problems have been fixed.

An inspection will also confirm there is not an existing moisture or mold problem associated with a new building or home you plan to purchase or rent.


Criterium- Peters Engineers can investigate mold problems and determine the cause. Contact our office today at (570)752-8044 to request a free mold inspection estimate.