New List Item The home buying process should involve a multitude of inspections, e.g. home inspections and mold inspections. Typically, a home inspector or real estate agent, when coming across water damage, water staining, musty odors or what may visible mold in basements, bathrooms, attics or any other area within the home, they should encourage the home buyer to have a mold inspection. Mold inspections frequently involve indoor air quality tests for mold along with surface samples to determine if visible mold on a surface is active and know what species of mold is growing on that surface. A visual inspection is often not sufficient because it is impossible to understand the impact on the air in the living space and the potential for cross contamination to another area within the home of office.
If the future occupants of that home, i.e., family members, have health issues, they may be even more susceptible to mold exposure. Once the home is purchased, there is little recourse for the home buyer. From a practical perspective, having a mold inspection before closing on a property may provide the prospective buyer with significant benefits, e.g. diagnosing the mold problem if it exists properly, resolving the mold problem prior to occupying the space and preventing an adverse impact on the occupants help.
PowerBees provides mold inspections for home buyers. Mold inspections for home buyers consist of the following:
PowerBees will send a certified professional to the prospective home to conduct the mold inspection. The mold inspection consists of gathering an available history of prior water damage or mold and any other information about the prospective home buyer’s concerns related to the indoor air quality. PowerBees collects information about affected areas such at moisture readings, humidity, water staining, visible mold and possible causes of the mold problem in exists. The building’s exterior is also examined for potential issues that may contribute to water damage. PowerBees will take air samples and surface samples during the mold testing process, although in circumstances PowerBees may take only air samples or surface samples – there is not always visible mold. An outdoor baseline control sample is taken for comparative purposes. PowerBees seals and sends all samples to a third-party independent lab for processing. Samples can be rushed and available within 24 to 36 hours for an extra fee. When the results are available, PowerBees reviews all the data collected during the inspection and produces a detailed report that includes the following: investigation background, expressed concerns, visual observations, a summary of the results and a recommend detailed mold remediation protocol. If air quality is very problematic, additional testing may be suggested in those cases. PowerBees will also provide additional recommendations to prevent mold in the future and keep the property dry.