Mold is all around us, but not all mold is created the same. Some mold is beneficial, and other mold is harmful. You don’t want the second type in your home. If you’re facing a mold issue from poor ventilation or flooding, you’ll need the help of a mold abatement expert.
If you think you’re finished once the mold abatement process is finished – hold up. Though mold abatement is a common procedure, you should always have a secondary inspection once the abatement is done. We’ll walk you through the post-abatement inspection to illustrate how the typical process goes thanks to the experts at ServPro.
Having Your Home Inspected After Mold Abatement
The inspection team will begin with a visual inspection of the affected area. The visual inspection both includes checking for visible mold and checking that the containment procedure is working as it should. The company will take careful care in checking all parts of the affected area and areas of concern like windows, vents, and portions of the home that were hit hardest.
After your home passes the visual inspection, or areas are noted from the visual inspection, the team should conduct a moisture survey. This includes testing various materials around the abatement area for moisture including drywall, carpet, and timber. If moisture levels are acceptable, the inspection company will proceed to the last step. If excess moisture is found, recommendations on abatement will be made before continuing.
A visual inspection and moisture survey tell us a little about the success of the abatement but not the whole picture. To be certain that the air and home are safe again you need to test the air for mold and spores. In this process, the inspection team gathers samples both inside and outside the affected area and sends them to a third-party testing facility. Once you have the results back, you can get the okay to get back into your home, or if the counts are too high, you must continue abatement.
You may think you’re in the clear once the mold abatement team has finished, but moisture has a tricky habit of sticking around and causing further damage. To make sure you’re in the clear you need a post-abatement inspection which includes a visual inspection, a moisture survey, and lab sampling if you pass all three – congratulations! You’re mold free, and your home is once again safe for you and your family.