Microbial growth may be noticed during an inspection. A sample can be taken during the inspection only and cannot be taken once the home inspector departs the property. If we notice microbial growth, we will inform the home buyer or seller or real estate agent or representative. The customer will then have the option for the inspector to take a sample and send it to a professional lab for testing to determine what the growth may be. The lab results will determine exactly what the growth is. This will help determine the best mediation for the issue. Lab fees are not included in a home inspection and are an additional cost.
We are trained and certified to test the sample and use a strict chain of custody protocol to ensure proper sample, transportation, evaluation and return results in a timely manner.
There are several types of mold common to Florida. Most are not harmful in small amounts. We do highly suggest that samples be taken especially when there are small children and allergic or sensitive people or animals moving into the home. Some types of mold may trigger asthmatic reactions. Some may trigger allergic, respiratory, and/or sinus issues.
Microbial growth is common on air handlers in garages and sometimes in homes/closets. There are several mitigation procedures including an ultra-violet light installed on the interior of the unit.
The only way to find out what type of growth, is to have it evaluated by a professional laboratory. That’s where we come in. We can take the sample and within a week, you should know what type the growth is and also included in the report are the steps and procedures for possible mitigation for the particular growth. Keep in mind, there may be more than one type of growth. There is also a rush evaluation if needed and will be an extra expense.
We are trained and certified in mold sampling, but Florida law restricts home inspectors to taking samples during the home inspection only. A mold remediator may be used after our inspector departs, but it will be much more costly.