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Frequently Asked Questions

Explore our FAQ section for comprehensive answers to your home inspection questions, from preparation to post-inspection guidance.

  • What is a mold inspection?
    A mold inspection is a professional assessment to identify mold presence in a building. It involves thorough examination to locate mold growth, assess its extent, and pinpoint sources of moisture. The inspection informs the development of a remediation plan to ensure a safe living environment by addressing the mold issue.
  • How do I know if the issue can be resolved by myself or if I need a contractor?
    Schedule a free phone consultation today to determine whether an inspection is necessary.
  • How can I prepare for the inspection?
    Clear access to areas where mold might be present is important. Remove clutter and ensure that the inspector can easily access areas like attics, basements, crawl spaces, and HVAC systems.
  • Are there long-term health effects of mold exposure?
    Yes, prolonged exposure to mold can lead to various health effects, including respiratory issues, allergies, skin irritation, and even more severe reactions in individuals with compromised immune systems. Some molds produce mycotoxins, which can have serious health implications when inhaled or ingested.
  • How long does an inspection take?
    The duration of an inspection depends on the size of your property and the extent of the suspected issue. It can range from a few hours to a full day for larger properties.
  • How much does an inspection cost?
    Cost will vary on a case-by-case basis and based on the type of survey. A cost-breakdown is available here (webpage link).
  • Who will be conducting my mold inspection?
    One of our licensed inspectors will be conducting the survey.
  • Is the inspection covered by insurance?
    It is advised to check with your insurance company, as some policies may offer inspection incentives or discounts. If not, then the homeowner is responsible for the inspection cost
  • Why should I get a mold inspection?
    A mold inspection is crucial to identify the presence of mold, determine the extent of the infestation, and identify the type of mold present. This information helps in developing an effective remediation plan to ensure your home's safety and the health of its occupants.
  • Are there any specific precautions I need to take before the inspection?
    Yes, pets can also be affected by mold exposure, leading to similar health issues as humans. Pets with respiratory conditions or allergies are particularly vulnerable.
  • Can I stay in my home during remediation?
    Yes, it is generally possible to stay in your home during mold remediation. However, it's advisable to temporarily avoid the specific areas that are being treated or compromised. It's essential to follow the inspector's suggestions and maintain a safe distance from the remediation work to minimize any potential exposure to spores, particles, or chemicals used in the process. Your inspector will provide guidance on how to coexist with the ongoing remediation work safely.
  • What if I’m not available for an inspection during BNF business hours?
    We are able to schedule inspections off business hours
  • How many samples will be taken during the inspection?
    The number of samples are determined on a case-by-case basis.
  • What equipment will the inspector use?
    Inspectors may use moisture meters, thermal imaging cameras, air sampling devices, and other sampling tools for pollutant exposure, detection, and assessment
  • Is it safe for me to be present while the inspection is being carried out?
    Yes, it's generally safe to be present during a mold inspection. Inspectors take precautions to minimize the disturbance of mold spores. However, it's advisable to maintain a safe distance and follow their guidance.
  • How long does it take to receive my inspection report?
    About 5-7 business days after the date of the inspection.
  • Can mold grow back after remediation?
    Yes, mold can return if the underlying moisture issue is not properly addressed. Effective remediation should include eliminating the source of moisture to prevent future growth.
  • What can I do to prevent mold growth in the future?
    Maintaining proper ventilation, controlling indoor humidity levels, promptly addressing water leaks, and ensuring adequate insulation are key steps in preventing mold growth.
  • If the pollutant is found (mold, asbestos, lead, etc.), what are the next steps?
    If a pollutant like mold, asbestos, or lead is found, the next steps involve developing a remediation plan, which may include containment, removal, and proper disposal. The goal is to eliminate or mitigate the risk and restore a safe environment.
  • Are there any health concerns I should be aware of after the inspection?
    After the inspection, if mold spores were disturbed, there might be a temporary increase in airborne spores. It is recommended to vacate these areas of compromise shortly after an inspection.
  • How do I get in touch with a contractor?
    BNF partners with multiple contractors and will provide recommendations as requested
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