Mold Inspections

Are you concerned about a mold problem within your Rhode Island, Massachusetts, or Connecticut home? CMS Home Inspection offers consultations and mold inspections to ensure your house is free from mold growth. We take the proper steps in identifying any resulting discoveries to ensure proper steps are taken toward mold remediation.

If you are concerned about a mold issue in your home, please don’t hesitate to reach out to a professional mold inspector like CMS Home Inspection today.

The Health Effects of Mold Exposure

You shouldn’t leave your family’s health up to chance. Did you know the presence of a mold contamination has the potential to cause a variety of health effects, including allergy symptoms? While not all types of mold are toxic, mold spores can have an affect on your indoor air quality.

Many people fail to recognize mold for the health concern that it is, commonly leading to breathing issues and worsening of conditions such as asthma. This is especially true concerning buildings with a large amount of indoor mold growth. Just a few of these complaints involve:

  • Headaches
  • Fatigue & Irritability
  • Difficulty Breathing
  • Wheezing & Coughing
  • Runny Nose & Watery Eyes

The health issues associated with mold problems are why it’s important to conduct a routine mold inspection, if only to ensure a healthy indoor environment for you and your family. While CMS Home Inspection does make sure to inspect areas where mold could potentially grow during a home inspection, we also understand that the naked eye isn’t always enough. For complete efficiency, we utilize specialized equipment, and collect samples of our findings to send into an accredited laboratory for lab testing.

What is Mold?

There are many different kinds of mold. Naturally, mold grows outdoors and plays an important role throughout the process of decomposition, however, problems begin to arise when mold grows inside your home. In fact, this type of fungus has the potential to affect not only your home’s structure, but also the health of you and your family.

A few common types of mold include alternaria, aureobasidium, penicillium, and cladosporium. “Black mold” is commonly referred to as stachybotrys chartarum, and is a toxic type of mold that leads to severe respiratory issues. If you are suffering from the effects of mold, please reach out to your health care professional.

What Can Happen if Mold is Found?

While most types of mold aren’t toxic, they can still cause health problems if they aren’t taken care of. The most common types of health problems are allergies, allergic reactions (which can be severe), sinus infections, lung inflammation, respiratory infections, asthma attacks, and breathing problems.

How do We Test for Mold?

CMS Home Inspection offers two different types of mold tests: stand alone mold inspections, and mold sampling.

Stand Alone Mold Inspections

  • A stand alone mold inspection is specifically for mold inspection and does not include other forms of home inspection. While we only look for mold and moisture problems, we also test the air spor samples in both indoor and outdoor spaces. This is generally advised for people who already own their home and have noticed possible signs of mold, as well as homeowners who are preparing to list their home.

Mold Sampling

  • Mold sampling is performed during a home inspection as an add-on service in the event mold is found or suspected. The preferred sampling method is an air quality test, which is performed with a specialized air pump and special slides prepared for lab analysis. The results of an air quality test can confirm both the type of mold, as well as how substantial the growth is within the home, by measuring spore counts per liter of air.

Can I Test My Home for Mold on My Own?

Due to the dangers associated with mold exposure, the Environmental Protection Agency advises hiring a professional mold inspector. This is because mold testing requires specialized equipment and knowledgeable mold sampling. Improper sampling of mold and mold spores can lead to false test results or the development of health complications from inappropriate sampling.

CMS Home Inspection serves the Rhode Island, Massachusetts, and Connecticut areas as a trained and certified mold inspector and sampler. To better serve you, we utilize the latest, highest quality air testing methods available for quick, accurate lab results.