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Mold Inspection

Worried about mold in your house? Mike Holmes Inspectors use a moisture meter and infrared camera to check areas of concern for possible moisture infiltration. Testing for mold within the air is also important as mold triggers respiratory ailments such as hay fever, nasal allergies and asthma, as well as rashes and eczema when it touches the skin.  If ingested, significant concentrations of toxic bacteria can cause abdominal cramping, diarrhea and fever.

What is Mold Testing?

Every home has some mold producing mycotoxins and allergens– it’s natural. Some mold can produce toxins that can affect our health along with other issues like asthma, eczema, nasal allergies, and even abdominal cramping. You need to make sure that the mold spore count in your home is low, typically less than outdoor counts and also tackle any issues that may cause growth. Mold will thrive in the right conditions – where there’s air, moisture, and a food source. Materials in your home such as wood, drywall and carpeting, are perfect targets for mold growth. 

So how do you solve the problems with mold growth?

Start by removing the excess moisture and humidity from your home with proper ventilation, especially in traditionally damp areas like the basement, bathrooms, kitchen and laundry room. Running a dehumidifier and ensuring the HRV or ERV are operating correctly and the filters are clean as well as keeping humidity levels between 35% and 45% is a good starting point.

Also check the building envelope. Are there cracks in the foundation? Is there rotted framing around windows? Is there an issue with a leaky roof? These are all conditions that could cause mold growth.

Mold Testing by Mike holmes inspections

So you notice a musty smell in your basement but can’t see any signs of mold. Mold can be invisible to the untrained eye. If you suspect mold in your home, it’s best to call in the pros to check for possible moisture issues around your home, and to do a Mold Test. During the assessment, the inspector will go through your entire home and check for indoor air quality risks. They can also take air samples to be analyzed at a certified lab, which will give you a full report with results, including the types of mold and spore count. So if you suspect a mold issue in your home, be smart and get your home inspected.

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Benefits of a Mold Test:

Helps in preventing serious symptoms from mold exposure

Helps improve indoor air quality

Helps reduce the risk of structural damage to your home

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Inspection Packages and Services

Essential Home Inspection

The complete essential home inspection that every home must get – no exception – covering the basement to roof and exceeds industry standards.

Extended Home

Our most popular complete home inspection includes an Indoor Air Quality Assessment and Thermal Imaging, looking for heat loss, assessing energy efficiency and looking for value even behind the walls.

Premium Home Inspection

The Mike Holmes' inspection that goes even further. Protect not only your family's safety but also their health by assessing the Indoor Air Quality and Radon levels in the home.

Specialty and add on services

Breathe Easy with Specialty or Add-on services that can be added to your Mike Holmes Inspection package, including screening for radon gas, or mold testing for your family health & peace of mind.

Expert Witness Services

Our home inspectors can provide specialty expert witness services, providing neutral third party expert opinions based on his/her evaluation of a home.
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Mike Holmes Inspectors use a moisture meter and infrared camera to check areas of concern for possible moisture infiltration.
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Well Water

Mike Holmes offers packages that can help identify harmful bacteria in your Well water.
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We recommend that septic system inspections be performed on an annual basis and prior to purchasing a home.
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A WETT inspection is like a thorough health check for your wood burning appliances.
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