Mold is a fungus mostly related to damp and musty areas such as
bathrooms, basements and attics.
Mold can grow and take hold within 24-48 hours following a water
intrusion, can be difficult to identify, and if left unchecked, can result in
property damage and health issues including:
Why Get a water intrusion(mold) Inspection?
There are number of reason you should consider water intrusion (mold)
inspection services. For example:
1.Health – The existence of mold can cause serious health issues,
especially for the young, elderly and those with existing respiratory
problems. Professional mold inspection services can spot and prevent the
further spread of mold, protecting you and your family.
Most susceptible to these infections include children and babies,
pregnant women, the elderly, people with respiratory problems,
individuals with weak immune systems, and patients who are undergoing
certain treatments as well as people who have undergone organ
Common symptoms attributed to mold infections include severe coughing,
difficulty in breathing, wheezing, irritated eyes and noses, sore throat,
nasal and sinus congestion, and skin irritations. Fever might also occur,
including vomiting, nausea, diarrhea, and dermatitis. Constant headaches
could also be experienced if infected, as well as memory problems and
mood changes. Fatigue, aches, and pains can also be experienced.
Having these symptoms are indicative of mold infections so proper
detection and mold removal should be performed
2.Real Estate Transactions – Regular home inspections may not detect
mold growth behind walls, ceilings and insulation; humidity levels and
differences from room to room that may cause hidden moisture problems;
the moisture content of drywall, hardwood floors, window sills, and other
3.Former Flooding – Regular home inspections may not detect previous
flooding, known leaks, suspected leaks and/or the chance of re-flooding;
all that may lead to mold growths.
A visual inspection is the most important initial step in identifying a
possible WATER INTRUSION (MOLD) problem and in determining
remedial strategies. The extent of any water damage and mold growth
should be visually assessed and the affected building materials
identified. A visual inspection should also include observations of hidden
areas where damages may be present, such as crawl spaces, attics, and
behind wallboard. Carpet backing and padding, wallpaper, moldings
(e.g. baseboards), insulation and other materials that are suspected of
hiding mold growth should also be assessed.
Ceiling tiles, paper-covered gypsum wallboard (drywall), structural wood,
and other cellulose-containing surfaces should be given careful attention
during a visual inspection. Ventilation systems should be visually
checked for damp conditions and/or mold growth on system components
such as filters, insulation, and coils/fins, as well as for overall cleanliness.
Equipment such as a moisture meter or infrared camera (to detect
moisture in building materials) or a borescope (to view spaces in
ductwork or behind walls) may be helpful in identifying hidden sources of
mold growth, the extent of water damage, and in determining if the water
source is active.
The presence of mold growth, water damage, or musty odors should be
addressed quickly. In all instances, any sources of water must be
identified and corrected and the extent of water damage and any mold
growth determined. Water-damaged materials should be removed or
cleaned and dried.
DASH Home Property Inspection Services
David Ash - RHI, CCI, IAQ
Registered Home Inspector
National Certificate Holder
Canadian Certified Inspector
OAHI - RHI - Registered Home Inspector
ASHI - CCI - Canadian Certified Inspector
NCA - National Certificate Holder - NCA00351
InterNACHI - AM - Associate Member
Electronic Engineering Technology Degree
Carson Dunlop - Home Inspection Graduate
George Brown College - Electrical, HVAC & Plumbing Home Inspection Graduate,
CMHC - Indoor Air Quality Investigator Trained
ESA - CMA/CMI - Certified Mold Inspector/Assessor
Carson Dunlop - Commercial Inspection Trained
FLIR - Thermal Imaging, Building Sciences Trained