Martin Williams Home Inspection

Providing Cuyahoga and Lorain counties with Home Inspections, Radon Testing, Mold Inspections and Home Repair.
Serving all Northeast Ohio including Cleveland, Lorain, Parma,Westlake, Bay Village, North Olmsted, Avon, North Ridgeville and many more!
Martin Williams Home Inspector

Mold Inspections

Martin Williams provides Mold Inspections in Cuyahoga County and Lorain County.  He is trained in Advanced Mold Inspection through the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors (certificate) and is a certified member of the International Association of Certified Indoor Air Consultants ( 

[Certification number: IAC2-02-0506]

Mold in your home

Why have a Mold Inspection:

See the Mold Inspection Standards of Practice

Mold needs two things to survive: moisture and a food supply. However, mold is not always able to be seen with the naked eye - it can hide behind drywall, wood, etc. 

(See examples of mold caused by unventilated attic space).  

  • By using a moisture meter, you can see how much moisture is in drywall, wood, and/or masonry. 
  • The higher the percentage of moisture, the higher the chance of mold.  

Three reasons to be concerned about mold indoors:

  • Mold can negatively affect your health, with symptoms including allergic reactions, asthma, and other respiratory problems.
  • Mold contamination can negatively impact the structural integrity of the building (mold can eat through wood, drywall, etc).
  • Mold produces both visual and olefactory negative effects (mold looks and smells bad).

What to do if you have mold:

  • the only way to control indoor mold growth is to clean up the existing mold and eliminate sources of moisture.
  • To remove mold, use a mold-removing solution for minor cases.  For extreme cases, hire a mold remediation specialist to remove the affected areas safely.

What to do to prevent mold:
  • Vent bathrooms, dryers, and other moisture-generating sources to the outside: use air conditioners and de-humidifiers, increase ventilation and always use exhaust fans whenever cooking, dishwashing, cleaning, and bathing.
  1. Clean and dry any damp or wet building materials and furnishings within 24-48 hours to prevent future mold growth.
  2. Add insulation and a vapor barrier to windows, piping, exterior walls, roofs, floors, etc. to reduce the potential for condensation on cold surfaces.
  3. Stay away from using carpet in areas where there may be frequent exposure to moisture (i.e. bathrooms, kitchens, basements).
Certified mold inspector