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What We Inspect

  • Roof
  • Attic
  • Structure
  • Plumbing
  • Electrical
  • Appliances
  • Grounds
  • Windows
  • Doors
  • H.V.A.C.
  • Irrigation
  • Septic
  • Mold Testing/Lab Analysis
  • & More

A Growing Concern

Mold.. literally, a growing concern. National media attention has alerted the public to the destructive and possibly toxic dangers of high levels of mold spores that could affect their family's health and their homes. EPA studies indicate that air levels of indoor pollutants may be two to three times higher than outdoor levels.

Most people spend as much as 90% of their time indoors and are not aware of the health hazards created by this pollutant. If you smell suspicious odors, have or had a plumbing leak or water intrusion of any kind we recommend testing for mold. Our mold inspection includes a visual inspection for active growth, identification of conditions conducive to mold growth, volumetric air sampling, swabbing (if necessary), and a full laboratory analysis.

Since there has been so much media hype surrounding mold, prospective home buyers want a home that has been mold inspected. Mold sampling is becoming a standard practice during a home INSPECTION. Many insurance companies are not covering mold under a regular policy. Mold remediation (cleaning) can be expensive and may require relocation until it is completed. A MOLD inspection is your first line of defense!

Visual Inspection: A visual inspection is the initial step in identifying possible contamination problems, It will identify any visible water leaks or moisture stains on ceiling, walls, floors or under counters. The air conditioning and heating systems, the attic and crawl spaces under homes will receive a visual inspection as well. The use of equipment such as a moisture meter may be used to help identify hidden sources of mold growth and the extent of the water damage. Mold sampling will be recommended if there is any noticeable mold growth, musty odors, visible water damage or stains, poorly maintained HVAC systems or construction defects. By combining a visual inspection an inspector can help identify the hidden source of mold, allergens and indoor pollutants and the extent of any acute or chronic water or moisture damage.

Air Sampling: The purpose of air sampling is to determine the type and amount of airborne contamination in building. Air sampling may be necessary if the presence of mold, allergens or toxins is suspected (e.g. musty odors, allergies) but cannot be identified by a visual inspection. When air sampling is performed, both the indoor air and outdoor air are sampled, so the results can be compared to see if a problem exists. Typically, the indoor sample is taken while the heating and/or air conditioning unit is operating; this will ensure the interior air is effectively tested.

Tape/Swab Sampling: Tape/Swab samples are usually collected from visible moldy surfaces by wiping the area with a sterile swab. This type of sampling is used to identify specific mold types.

Recommendations and Laboratory Results: Once the home has a visual inspection and the mold circumstance evaluated, action can be planned to clean it up and prevent future contamination. Based upon site evaluation and sampling lab analysis results, your inspector can provide a detailed written report that can be used for disclosure and references. In all situations, If mold exists, the underlying cause of the water damage must be corrected. We offer basic written remediation plans that can be used to guide you through proper clean up. We recommend using these plans only as a reference when comparing the plans submitted from professional remediation companies. Mold remediation requires specialized equipment that would not be cost effective to purchase for smaller jobs. Once the remediation is complete the most important part is a clearance test that should be conducted by a third party (Spector). This test will indicate if the spore count levels are acceptable and will generally indicate whether proper cleaning has been conducted.