Why Home Inspectors Should Test for Molds

Why Home Inspectors Should Test for Molds

The most common problems associated with homes in Auckland include leaks and dampness due to harbouring damp or moisture, mould testing Auckland on outside walls and in the ceiling cavity, and wood rot on the timber framing of the home. With a large number of private home owners owning a property in Auckland, mold testing has become increasingly popular among building professionals. Mold testing will identify the source of moisture so that it can be prevented by fixing any cracks or leaks in the home’s construction and/or using effective drying methods. A professional team of mold specialists will also be able to advise on the most effective remedy for black mold and how to clean it safely, without causing damage to the structure of the property.

In areas where there is heavy rain, especially during the winter months, excess moisture can build up in the basement and crawl spaces (under the house), leading to the growth of molds, mildew and a number of allergic reactions from family members. The basement of a property may be an ideal place for the development of molds as it is usually darker than other parts of the house and more prone to damp conditions, which allow the molds to thrive and breed. A good test for mold in the crawl space or cellar of your home will involve the use of a special device that simulates the growth of molds in real-life. The results of the test are often displayed in a report which you should read thoroughly before taking action. If the report concludes that molds have formed in the home, you must then take measures to remove and eradicate the molds. These measures could include sealing off the area, applying anti-fungal paint, or using bleach solutions or other chemicals to kill the mold.

As more homes are being built in urban locations, the risk of developing mold in the home is higher for home owners. In addition to requiring more work, the discovery of mold will lead to fines and possible legal action if the offending party is unable to remove the molds. If the home inspectors detect the presence of molds in your property while they are on a check, they are required by law to tell you within seven days of the discovery. It is recommended that all home owners to carry out routine mold testing in the basement of their homes at least once a year.

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