Certified Mold Inspections

Written by Seth Cotterell
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A mold inspection by a certified professional is an excellent idea for home buyers in southern California. The potentially harmful effects of mold in your household are well documented. Mold is shown to adversely affect the health of people, plants, and animals. The elderly and the very young are especially at risk from the presence of mold in the home.

When you buy a home, a certified mold inspection should be included in the process. Though there is no law that mandates it at this time, the cost is low and the benefits are well documented. It is important not to put you and your family's health at risk by trying to save a few dollars on a certified mold inspection. You cannot perform the necessary evaluation yourself, only a certified home inspector is qualified.

To find a certified mold inspector, start by examining ASHI resources. ASHI stands for the American Society of Home Inspectors. ASHI provides education and training on all things related to home inspections. ASHI also sets strict ethical and practical guidelines its members must adhere to. ASHI certified mold inspectors have the know-how and tools to perform a thorough, comprehensive mold inspection in your home.

IESO and Certified Mold Inspection

Certified mold inspections are not unnecessarily time consuming. An inspector can perform the entire evaluation in just a few minutes or hours. Mold and air quality inspections should meet or exceed the guidelines and restrictions set forth by the Indoor Environmental Standards Organization, or IESO. You will probably want to ask your inspector ahead of time if the inspection will be conducted according to IESO standards; these standards have been accepted by the California Department of Health as comprehensive. Knowing that your new home is a healthy place for you and your family to grow is an important part of the home buying process, and therefore, a mold inspection should not be skipped.

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