Mold Testing in Kalamazoo, MI
The experts at HomeSpec provide mold testing in Kalamazoo, Battle Creek, Portage, Three Rivers, Niles, St Joseph, Marshall and cities throughout the greater Kalamazoo area.
Why Mold Testing?
Being exposed to mold in your home can lead to various kinds of sickness. Health problems caused by mold are often difficult to track back to mold. If left unchecked, mold can also cause costly damage to your home. But you don’t have to let things get that far. Detecting mold early on can help you avoid complications later.
When You Should Have Your Kalamazoo Area Home Tested for Mold
Contact the experts at HomeSpec to get a mold test done under these circumstances:
- When you purchase a home.
- When you notice a musty odor.
- When you’re aware of water damage.
- When you see mold (incl. discoloration of wall) in your Michigan home.
What To Expect from a Mold Test with HomeSpec
Your mold test will be performed by one of HomeSpec’s trained mold techs. The technician will bring a strictly calibrated mold air sampler to your home and take samples of any areas of concern. We will also take photos and write descriptions of the suspected areas. Then, we will ship the mold canisters to a lab with a chain of custody to determine if mold is present.
HomeSpec has partnered with Test All to further analyze the results and produce a written report. The report will outline the issues and remediation steps if any are needed.
Mold and Mold Testing FAQ
Does a water stain on a wall or ceiling surface mean the home has mold?
Maybe. Mold is a living organism that needs two things to live, water and food. A leak in the roof or wall will provide the first thing, water. The material itself, gypsum, wood etc. provides the second, food. The third unknown is time. Mold can grow given the right conditions but does not always grow given its two needs.
So, does a stain mean the home has mold? This remains unknown until someone can confirm it visually and or perform a mold test. Are you concerned about a suspicious stain in your home? If the home is in the greater Kalamazoo, MI area, schedule a mold test with HomeSpec.
Can a mold test be performed on a home that is occupied?
Yes, you can continue to live in your home during the test. If you see evidence of mold or a leak that could be a source of mold, or you notice a musty smell, we advise you to have a mold sampling of the home conducted.
How much does mold testing in Kalamazoo cost?
Mold testing can range from a few hundred dollars to as much as a thousand dollars. This depends on the home’s size and the number of areas where testing is needed. Most tests are in the lower half of that range. HomeSpec will provide you with a cost estimate prior to conducting any testing.
I’ve had my home inspected and no mold was observed. Do I need to be concerned?
Probably not, but mold testing is still valuable. By Michigan state statute, a home inspector’s responsibility is to conduct a visual noninvasive inspection. This means your inspector would have made a note in their report only if mold was visible. Mold can exist on the interior of a wall, under flooring or in attics and ducts without ever being visible. A proper mold test conducted by HomeSpec can identify mold spores in the air too small to see.