Mold Inspection 101: When To Get One

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While moldy cheese is an absolute delight, moldy houses are the exact opposite. Perhaps you’ve detected a peculiar, musty odor in your crawl space. Or perhaps your basement has flooded, taking a long time to dry out and leaving some stickiness on the walls. Regardless of the circumstances, if you think mold is spreading in your house, it’s time to call for home inspectors in Gwinnett County. Let’s look at what mold is, what it needs to grow and when you should get your house inspected.


Mold is a kind of fungus that grows both indoors and outdoors. To reproduce, mold produces small spores. Spores, which resemble microscopic seeds, cause the mold to spread. Open doors, windows, ducts, and heating and cooling systems allow mold to infiltrate your house. External airborne mold can also adhere to clothing, footwear, backpacks, and pets, which can be brought inside.


Mold needs the following things to thrive:

  • Moisture can be caused by flooding, weak plumbing, doors, or roofs, and steam or humidity accumulation in bathrooms and kitchens with inadequate air qualityand ventilation.
  • Cardboard pieces, wood structures, carpets, tiles, insulation, and paper materials can all harbor mold growth.

Two inspectors looking for mold in the house

When To Check For Mold In Your House?

If you notice mold in your house, you can forego a mold inspection and move toward mold remediation. But if you’re doubtful, there are a few situations that necessitate a mold inspection service to come to your home:

  • A mold inspectionis always a good idea when purchasing a new house. Typical home inspectors will note any visible mold, but they will only perform a cursory visual inspection. Whole House Home Inspection’s mold inspectors will do a pre-purchase inspection and work on it before the mold growth threatens the structural integrity of your house.
  • If any part of your house has flooded, has water leakage, or has any water damage, you should get your house inspected for mold. Water accumulation of this scale won’t dry out so easily and could lead to mold growth.
  • When a house is closed and uninhabited for several months or years, dampness may have accumulated within and led to mold growth. This is a particular issue in hotter regions with high humidity.
  • If you have already taken the often costly and challenging steps necessary to deal with mold issues, frequent mold inspectionsare a smart option to ensure that you have completely eradicated it.
  • If you see white, green, and black growthon your walls and it gives off a musty odor then it’s mold. You need to get a mold inspection conducted to uncover all the places it might be growing.

What Can Whole House Home Inspection Do To Help You?

If our mold test is positive, we first treat the problem that initially encouraged mold formation, which is often related to moisture or water. We then talk about the mold cleanup alternatives. If mold is not an issue, we offer air quality and radon testing, pre-listing, and infrared inspection, along with tons of other services. Reach out to us for more information.