Mold and mildew growth inside your home is never a welcome surprise. And whether your home is new or old, and you have lived in the home for many years or you are just buying it, you want to make sure you do all you can to avoid mold and mildew growth issues. However, whenever you suspect mold or mildew growth or just want to rule it out as a potential problem, you can hire a professional mold inspection to do a thorough evaluation of the home. Here are some occasions in which you should hire a professional mold inspection.

When Buying a New House

Anytime you buy a new or existing home, it is important that you check into all the different areas of the home to inspect its condition and get to know if there are any problems within or the home needs essential repairs. In addition to all the other areas of the home, you should hire a mold and mildew inspection to determine if mold spores are present within specific areas of the home, which can indicate there is mold growing somewhere unseen or behind the walls, for example. 

Once you are under contract to purchase a home, hire a mold inspector to complete a mold inspection in the home. Make sure you complete this before the inspection deadline so you can renegotiate on the home's purchase if your inspector finds the presence of mold. Your mold inspector can complete a test on surfaces within the home or through areas within specific rooms. They can also test specific mold spores to find out what type of mold it is, and if it is toxic black mold.

After a Moisture Leak in Your Home

Another time you should hire a mold inspection is after you have had a moisture leak inside your home. If you have not found any visible mold growth on surfaces in your home, but you find there is an odor of earthy-smelling mold, you may be inclined to hire a professional mold inspection. 

If, for example, you have had a moisture leak in the kitchen upstairs that leaks down through the floor and into the basement below, you may suspect mold is growing within the ceiling of the basement. Basements are notorious for being dark damp areas in a home, so if mold were to thrive anywhere after moisture has leaked down through the kitchen floor, this is a logical place for it to occur. Hire your professional mold inspection and they can check the interior air of the space behind the drywall of your basement ceiling and also in any areas surrounding the moisture leak.