Just like people and cars, your home or apartment needs an annual inspection–especially for conditions that might lead to mold growth.
Take a few minutes this weekend and walk through all areas of your home: upstairs, downstairs, the basement, and the exterior. Be sure to bring a notepad and start a list of items that need further attention.
Moisture Inspection Checklist
Check the following areas for wet spots, condensation, leaks, or water stains (often an indicator of past leaks.) Insects and insect damage may also be a sign of moisture problems.
• Plumbing under sinks and in the basement
• Windows and doors
• Around tubs, showers, sinks, and toilets
• Roofs and attics
• Ceilings and walls
• Washing machine connections
• Basements and crawlspaces
Use the NIOSH Mold & Dampness Inspection Tool!
NIOSH has developed a reference tool (no actual tools required) to help assess your building for mold risk. Just fill out one inspection sheet for every space in your home or building. The tool helps you focus on what to look for when assessing mold risks. After completing this inspection, the tool will assist you in assigning an overall score for your indoor space. MIAQC recommends keeping these inspection sheets and completing moisture inspections every 6-12 months to determine if any areas of concern get larger or identify any new issues.