MOLD TESTING SERVICES
Residential Inspections, Inc. provides mold detection, mold inspection, mold testing, and mold remediation support services. We do not perform mold remediation/abatement or construction. There are no conflicts of interest for our valued clients.
Our Mold Testing Services
Our focus is determining the existence of indoor mold growth, type of mold, and the airborne mold spore concentration. (we want to know what you and your family are breathing)
Primary types of lab samples that we recommend to test for mold:
▪ Ambient airborne mold spore samples (air in the breathing space of a room)
▪ Wall cavity air samples (air inside of a ceiling or wall cavity)
▪ Surface (direct) samples (swab, bulk materials, tape lift)
Our Mold Inspection and Mold Detection Services
Complete mold investigation of your home, rental property, school, or business designed to identify sources and instances of moisture intrusion and to detect mold, our findings, conclusions, recommendations, and digital color photographs are assembled into a complete, written report. We use the best moisture detection instruments, digital hygrometers, and Zefon BioPumps and Zefon Air-O-Cells (for airborne mold spore samples).
Our Mold Remediation:
Scopes of Work and Post Testing Services
If the mold inspection and mold testing of your property detects a mold problem, we will write a “scope of work” that outlines how the mold should be professionally re mediated. This scope of work document can be provided to companies that specialize and focus on professional mold remediation services. Once the mold has been completely and properly remediated, Residential Inspections, Inc. will perform a post inspection and testing to ensure that:
▪ All mold remediation containment are properly built and dust and debris free
▪ All mold growth is thoroughly cleaned and/or removed
▪ All related building materials are dry
▪ There are no current water leaks or intrusion
▪ Airborne ambient mold spore samples and cross contamination samples collected meet accepted guidelines for clearance
For many of us, our home is our biggest asset. It’s also where we spend the biggest part of our time — eating, playing, working, and raising a family.If your home has any of the following water related construction problems, including mold odor, you should contact a certified mold inspection company to perform a professional investigation:
You may have a mold problem in your home if you are smelling musty, moldy, or other unpleasant, dank odors.
Roof Leaks and Mold
Damaged, old, poorly installed or maintained roofs can lead to roof leaks and mold and other water related problem in a structure.
Poor Landscape Grading
An often overlooked source of water intrusion is improper exterior grading around the structure. Ground that tends to slope towards (rather than away from) a structure’s exterior, perimeter walls call allow water intrusion from rain and/or irrigation.
Dampness and your Foundation
Poor ventilation of the crawlspace, cracks in the foundation, support beams contacting the soil, and rising dampness can all impact the foundation and lead to moisture intrusion and mold in the structure.
Plumbing Leaks and Damaged Fixtures
A good many plumbing leaks are obvious. However, many more are difficult to detect and can go undetected for a considerable time. These types of leaks, no matter how small, can lead to serious water intrusion and mold. Hidden water problems can lead to hidden mold problems. Bathtubs, toilets, and sinks must be in good working order, well caulked, and crack free. These bathroom and kitchen fixtures are one of the leading causes of water problems and mold.
Sprinklers that irrigate your lawn and flower beds must be aligned properly so that they don’t hit the side of your home and cause wet exterior walls, pooling, and ponding. All of these can lead to moisture and mold problems.
Vegetation and Trees Contacting Exterior of Structure
If trees, plants, and/or shrubs are in contact with your exterior walls, you might be allowing water into your home or business. This vegetation will block out sunlight required to dry exterior walls. Walls that are wet are a breeding ground for mold growth.
Buying or Selling Property?
▪ Don’t sell real property with undisclosed water or mold issues or risk selling property with a possible mold or moisture problem. Engage Mold Inspection Sciences to perform a thorough mold inspection to reduce your liability and exposure.
▪ Don’t consider buying property with existing mold problems. This could reduce the value of the property, subject the occupants to mold and moisture related health problems, force you to pay large mold remediation costs, and could make the property difficult to insure or sell down the road.
The EPA has published an excellent document about mold and moisture: A Brief Guide to Mold, Moisture, and Your Home
Please call with any questions (804) 536.4118