Picture this: It’s been raining incessantly and you find your home flooded by rising waters. You are helpless, and you must wait for the floodwaters to subside before you assess the damage to your home and your belongings. Water damage, whether it’s due to floods or to faulty plumbing, can result in the formation of mold in your home. Mold is a by-product of water damage and must be taken care of immediately. Mold in the home can lead to serious health complications if left unattended. Molds can be a taxing problem for homeowners and insurance companies – especially if they are toxic. If large amounts of mold are detected in your home after you report to the insurance company, your claims may stand to be rejected and you will not receive any compensation. To have your insurance claims processed successfully, have a mold inspection done by professional mold inspectors.
Mold inspectors are specially trained in mold inspection. They know exactly where to look. They will not only show you where the molds are, they will also offer solutions to eradicate them, and they will give you useful information on how to keep mold at bay in the future. Since mold eradication is a tricky business and mold prevention requires ample precautions, it’s advisable that you seek professional help from a mold inspector.
Mold inspection involves a thorough examination of places that are likely to have mold in a building. A certified mold inspector will inspect areas where mold is likely to be present, collect samples, and send them off to laboratories for testing and analysis. You might wonder why mold inspectors are required to collect and send these mold samples to testing laboratories; this process is mandatory procedure for insurance purposes. If you have a home insurance policy that covers water damage, it is important that you have a mold inspector come and examine your premises for mold.
It’s the job of the mold inspector to check the structure, be it a home or an office building, for mold growth and water intrusions. Mold inspectors have special gadgets that can detect water leakages in the walls, floors, and ceilings of buildings. Mold inspection is also essential in that it indicates the level of mold formation in the structure. Inspectors have access to technology that can measure moisture content or humidity. They also look for signs of moisture in ceilings, walls and other places where mold is likely to grow, and take samples from those places for lab testing. They may also take air samples both indoors and outdoors in order to determine the growth of molds.
Mold inspectors charge a standard mold inspection fee, as well as a fee for mold sample collections. Separate fees are charged for lab testing and analysis. However, hiring mold inspectors to look for mold formation due to water damage is a necessary expense. Only when the mold inspection has been completed and samples have been collected and sent for lab tests and analysis will you be able to seek water damage compensation from your insurance company.