It is not possible from a visual inspection to be sure it is mold, only a lab test can do that. There are a variety of mold tests available. The most common test is an air sample, where air is drawn thru a sample cassette, and then this is sent to the lab for analysis. If there is visible mold, we would recommend a surface test, where a piece of tape is used to pull a sample of the mold off the surface and this is then sent to the lab for analysis. We expedite the sample to Pro-Lab and typically mold testing is turned around in 3-5 business days.
What to do if mold is found? With the help of a home inspector or contractor, figure out where the moisture is coming from and find a solution that reduces this to a level that prevents mold growth. Maybe the roof has a slight leak that is allowing some moisture in. Fixing leaks, improving attic vents such as soffit, ridge, and gable end venting, or installing a humidistat fan often reduces attic moisture. Installing proper fans and dehumidifiers in the bathrooms and basements can often take care of the problems in those areas, as well as fixing any leaks there that may be occurring. Never have bath fans that vent into the attic.
KEY POINT TO REMEMBER: Don’t let mold stop your real estate transaction from happening. Let us help you test for it, and if we find it we can help you find solutions to fix it.
We just wanted to thank you for the comprehensive inspection report. Eric was very nice, extremely professional and thorough, and explained everything he found so we could understand exactly what we were dealing with and what needed to be done, if anything. Please thank him again for us for his great work and attention to detail!
From our initial phone call to delivery of the final inspection reports, Perkins Home Services was a complete delight. Professional, prompt, thorough, and accommodating. We even learned a thing or two from the general home inspector, in addition to the required information. We're satisfied and smarter!
Scott and John who inspected our septic system have completed their work at our home in Deer Isle, Maine. We wish to complement their professionalism, courtesy and willingness to respond to our questions. They were very informative. You sent a very good team and we appreciate it. Thanks for your help too in explaining the process and arranging our appointment.
I just wanted to say thank you and how incredibly happy we were with everyone. Scott & John were beyond friendly and answered any and all questions we had! We hope to recommend you to anyone that is looking for the same service in the future.
Just wanted to say I was pleased with your Septic Check on the Blackwood Rd, Property. But saddened that I was hoping to buy it without incident. Nice to be forewarned of future problems. Thank you. I would recommend you to others.
It has been a pleasure dealing with all at Perkins. Very professional and knowledgeable. Little wonder that you are highly recommended by every realtor that we have met.
This is a very professional, thorough company. Their excellent work takes much of the worry out of buying a new home.
Scott came and inspected a home today I am interested in buying and he was great! I just wanted to say thank you for being so flexible and available. Scott was great about explaining everything to me in depth and answering all my questions. Thank you again!
Many thanks to you and the Perkins team for the great work on inspecting the home I plan to purchase. Your workers (both those who answer the phone and send out reports and those who do the hands-on inspecting of house, water, and septic) are all wonderful- friendly, knowledgeable, efficient- and you came so quickly when I needed you! I especially liked it that I could observe the inspections and ask questions. I learned a lot about the place I will soon call home!