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Integrity Inspections of AZ
39506 N. Daisy Mountain Dr.
Anthem, AZ 85086
ASHI #243973 * BTR #41111
Mold Inspection & Detection Services
Phoenix Valley Home Inspection Services
Mold is everywhere and constantly drifts through indoor and outdoor air. Those with mold allergies, asthma or other respiratory conditions can spot it in concentration anywhere. In homes, it can be harder to find if it is hidden behind walls, under carpet and flooring or in the framing and sills. Wherever excessive moisture accumulates, mold can grow and reproduce.
Since mold is naturally occurring, there’s no way to eliminate it entirely, but it can be managed through moisture control. Reduce humidity, be vigilant about checking for leaks, and don’t install carpet in high-moisture areas. Left untreated, mold can and will eventually destroy a home, rendering it uninhabitable.
Where there is water damage, most likely there will be mold. The tell tale signs of water damage are standing water, buckled floors, discolored, stained or crumbling drywall, stains around windows, doors or anywhere on the ceiling. To inhibit mold growth, the source must be found and steps taken to correct it. Signs of water damage can indicate anything from a minor leak to a serious failure in the plumbing system, window flashing or roof. Until the source and the amount of the damage are determined, don’t be overly concerned. If the source was corrected in a timely manner, quite possibly, mold was deterred. However, only an air sample and lab test can determine for certain.
Watch this informative video to learn more about mold, black mold, mold remediation and mold airborne testing by the home inspection professionals at Integrity Inspections of Arizona:
As a Phoenix Valley-wide home inspector with many years in the profession, I know that it is certainly a concern if I find evidence of mold. But it is not necessarily detrimental to your health or reason to jump the gun on cancelling the purchase contract.
Integrity Inspections of Arizona provides a FREE VISUAL MOLD INSPECTION in conjuction with our comprehensive home inspection. In addition, on or before March 1, 2012 we will be offering mold air sampling.