Mold Inspection

Detect The Presence of Mold Growth In Your Home

Mold is a type of fungus that exist almost everywhere. Mold does not need a lot of moisture to grow. A little condensation in a bathroom or around a window sill, for example, can be enough. Common sites for indoor mold growth include bathroom tile and grout, basement walls, and areas around windows and sinks.  Common sources of water or moisture include roof leaks, condensation due to high humidity or cold spots in a building, slow leaks at plumbing fixtures, humidification systems, sprinkler systems, and floods. The most common types of indoor mold types are Cladosporium, Penicillium, Aspergillus and Alternaria.
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What Effect Does Mold Have On Our Health?

Inhalation exposure to mold indoors can cause negative health effects in some people. Molds produce allergens (substances that can cause allergic reactions), irritants and, in some cases, potentially toxic substances (mycotoxins). Inhaling or touching mold or mold spores may cause allergic reactions in sensitive individuals. Mold does not have to be alive to cause an allergic reaction in some people.

There are some specific groups of people who are potentially more easily or severely affected by mold than the average individual with no sensitivities to mold.  They include infants, children, elderly people, individuals with respiratory conditions (such as allergies and asthma), and people with weakened immune systems (people with HIV/AIDS, chemotherapy patients, and organ transplant recipients).

How Do I Know If I Have Mold?

If you have and recently had a water or moisture issue in your home, then it is very likely that you have a mold growth problem. Look for mold growth, which may appear cottony, velvety, granular or leathery, and have varied colors of white, gray, brown, black, yellow and/or green.  Mold often appears as a discoloration, staining, or fuzzy growth on the surface of building materials and furnishings. Mold issues can be very costly to fix, especially when it’s discovered too late. If you suspect that you may have mold growth, then getting a mold inspection will allow for early detection and prevention of mold growth, saving you a lot of time and money.

Mold Inspections

We Offer Two Types of Mold Inspections.

Complete Mold Inspection - $449 with full inspection. $549 stand alone.

Limited Mold Inspection - $249 with full inspection. $349 stand alone.

Complete Mold Inspection:

The Complete Mold Inspection is performed by an IAC2-certified mold inspector.

The Complete Mold Inspection is performed in accordance with the Mold Inspection Standards of Practice of the International Association of Certified Indoor Air Consultants (www.IAC2.org).

The inspector shall perform:
  • a non-invasive, visual examination of the readily accessible, visible and installed systems and components of the building, as outlined in the IAC2 Mold Inspection Standards of Practice;
  • moisture, temperature and humidity measurements;
  • at least three air samples (one indoor and two outdoor); and
  • possibly one surface sampling at an area of concern.
The inspector shall report:
  • moisture intrusion;
  • water damage;
  • musty odors;
  • apparent mold growth;
  • conditions conducive to mold growth;
  • the results of a laboratory analysis of all mold samplings taken at the building; and
  • any system or component listed in the Standards of Practice that was not visually examined, and the reasons they were not inspected.

Unless the inspector and client agree to a limitation of the inspection, the inspection will be performed on the primary building and parking structure.

A Complete Mold Inspection includes:
  • a visual examination of the entire building, its systems and components;
  • moisture, temperature and humidity measurements; and
  • taking mold samples.
Limited Mold Inspection:

The Limited Mold Inspection is performed by an IAC2-certified mold inspector.

The difference between a Complete Mold Inspection and a Limited Mold Inspection is a limitation of the non-invasive, visual examination of the building.  The Limited Mold Inspection does not include a visual examination of the entire building, but is limited to a specific area of the building identified and defined by the inspector.

Prior to the inspection, the inspector and client shall agree to the limitations of the visual examination.  As a result, potential sources of mold growth in other areas of the building may not be inspected.

The inspector shall perform:
  • a non-invasive, visual examination of the readily accessible, visible, and installed systems and  components of only the specific room or area defined by the inspector and agreed to by the client;
  • at least three air samples (one indoor and two outdoor); and
  • possibly one surface sampling at an area of concern.
The inspector shall report:
  • moisture intrusion;
  • water damage;
  • musty odors;
  • apparent mold growth;
  • conditions conducive to mold growth; and
  • the results of a laboratory analysis of all mold samplings taken at the building.

The Limited Mold Inspection is a fast and affordable way to confirm the existence of mold and, if possible, determine the type of mold present in a specific, defined area of the building.

An example of a Limited Mold Inspection:

The inspector’s client requests a Limited Mold Inspection to be performed.  The scope is specifically limited to the under-floor crawlspace of the building.  Only the crawlspace will be inspected, including a non-invasive examination of the crawlspace.  At least one mold sample will be taken, typically a tape sample, if apparent mold is visible.

A Limited Mold Inspection includes:
  • visual examination limited to a specific, defined area of the building; and
  • mold samples.
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