Environmental Testing: What It Is and Why You Need It

Californians care deeply about the environment, but sometimes we focus solely on the global level, forgetting about the importance of our personal indoor air quality. If you’re concerned about indoor air quality, you may want to consider environmental testing which, in this case, involves looking for mold. Keep reading to discover what The Real Estate Inspection Company reveals about environmental testing services, when you need them, and what to expect. 

Environmental Testing: What It Is and Why You Need It

Peace of Mind

There are a variety of reasons why you may need environmental testing. Maybe a loved one has breathing issues or mold sensitivity. Perhaps you’re immune-compromised. Or, maybe you work in an industrial setting and need to be sure that the air in the workplace is safe. No matter your reason, environmental testing for mold will give you peace of mind.

Include Environmental Testing With the General Home Inspection

Your best bet is to find a provider who incorporates a visual mold inspection into their full home inspection service. Fortunately, The Real Estate Inspection Company does just that. During this inspection, the inspector informs you about any mold growth. Additionally, they point out areas of concern that could lead to mold growth. Examples of environments ripe for mold growth include areas with bad grading, below-grade walls, spaces with low ventilation, and any area with moisture. We also use infrared thermal imaging cameras to help detect moisture.

Some people choose to pursue full mold testing. If that’s your preference, you can choose this as a standalone service or bundle it with other specialty inspection services. This service includes full testing performed at a local, partner lab. 

When There’s Mold

If your home has mold, don’t panic. In most cases, mold is isolated to specific home areas and pretty easily mitigated. In fact, the average cost of mold mitigation ranges between $1,500-$7,500. While this isn’t ideal, it’s comparable to many home projects. Moreover, if the mold is in a new potential home, it can give you some hefty bargaining chips when dealing with the seller to work a deal. 

Schedule an Inspection

Don’t worry too much about what can go wrong. Take the first step and simply schedule an inspection with The Real Estate Inspection Company. We serve San Diego County, Orange County, and Riverside County. If you have any questions, call (800) 232-5180, and one of our professional inspection coordinators will be happy to assist you.