What to expect
The mold inspection will usually last 1 hour. The AWA mold inspector will go through your home checking all of the common areas where mold grows. These areas usually consist of dark areas that often go unnoticed due to their location. Some of the areas may include under the sinks or behind washing machines where it’s very common to have leaks that aren’t dealt with for long periods of time. When you have leaks that go unnoticed, it allows the water to soak into porous materials like carpet pads and drywall where it also soaks through to the other side and becomes completely unnoticeable. After the visual mold assessment, the mold inspector may decide to take a visual sample of any mold that he finds growing in your home to see what type of mold it is. The mold inspector may also decide to take an air sample which will test the quality of your air and collect mold spores that will allow you to know if you have any mold in your home even when you can’t see it.
Why do you need a professional test?
The two biggest issues with not using a professional test are mishandling and equipment sensitivity. Often times people who aren’t professionally trained to test mold will mishandle the samples which can either cause a false-positive or false-negative. Meaning you may have mold spores on your hand from being outside that cause the DIY kit to go off and think there is mold in your home. This might cause you to pay for mold remediation when it isn’t necessary which can end up being very expensive. The other reason is sensitivity. Many homeowners will often go on about their life when they received a false-negative through their DIY kits. This will prevent you from quickly dealing with the mold issue at hand, allowing it to grow and become very expensive to remove.