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Mold inspections for residential and commercial properties have become a common occurrence to sefeguard the health and well being of occupants and to protect the equity of building owners investments.Most inspections are begun after a water intrusion or a building purchase is pending. According to the United states Environmental Protection agency (EPA) molds produce allergens,irritants, and potentially toxic substances. The EPA also recognizes that mold exposure can trigger asthma attacks and according to the (AAFA) 20 million Americans are affected by asthma.                                                                                                     A quality mold inspection will typically begin with a thorough visual inspection of the property.  The investigator will be looking for any signs of current or past water intrusion since water or moisture is necessary for mold growth.                              The inspection will look for moisture around plumbing fixtures, attics, crawl spaces or basements and anywhere else a problem may be present. As is sometimes the case with small leaks in plumbing in the wall cavities the moisture may not always be evident. In those circumstances the investigator may use additional tools such as a moisture meter, boroscope, or infrared camera to look to look for the moisture 

                     What is included in Asbestos Testing


Asbestos is a natural mineral fiber that is mined from the ground. Over the years asbestos was mined and used in many products that were utilized in and around our homes and buildings to provide insulation, strength and fire resistance to these items. There are six regulated types of asbestos. The best way of locating and identifying them is through the use of specialized microscopes.
Asbestos can be traced back as far as the burial clothes of ancient Egyptians. The use of asbestos has been restricted (but not completely banned!) in the U.S. for many years. Despite this, there are millions of homes and buildings with asbestos containing materials.


  • During an asbestos inspection a complete visual inspection and collection of samples for laboratory analyses should occur.
  • If asbestos is discovered, a written evaluation describing the locations, extent of contamination and recommendations for corrective actions should be given

  • Depending on what the investigators discover they may recommend the building owner hire an asbestos abatement contractor to remove or seal any asbestos that poses a threat to occupant health.
  • It is important when hiring a professional to conduct the inspection that only experienced and qualified professionals perform this important task. Be sure to also verify that any samples that are taken are to be analyzed by an accredited independent laboratory

                   What Is Included in a Radon Inspection

  • Radon is a radioactive gas that comes from the natural radioactive decay of radium, which is a natural decay product of uranium. Scientifically ‘radon’ is known to be radon-222, the most abundant isotope of the element radon. It is a colorless, odorless and chemically inert gas that cannot be detected by human senses

  • Radon is formed in the top 10 meters of the earth provides the largest component of radon entering the atmosphere. The second
    most important contributor to radon comes from groundwater that occurs around the property and also water that is brought into homes and buildings through plumbing.
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    Radon is impossible for occupants and building owners to detect using their normal senses. Affordable testing procedures that are completely noninvasive are available to test for this dangerous gas.

  • A qualified radon inspector should be able to provide references and qualifications to the building owner or occupants. The inspector should explain the testing procedure and how the process works. During a radon test there are several conditions that should be present to ensure an accurate test, these include

  • The property should ideally remain under closed-house conditions during the entire time of the test.
    The property’s heating systems should be operated under normal conditions during the test (if applicable).
    Do not disturb the testing device during the testing period.
    If a radon-reduction system is in place be sure the system is working properly and will be in operation during the entire test period.

Depending on what the investigator discovers he/she may recommend the building owner install a radon-reduction system. These systems are typically not cost prohibitive and are generally a simple and effective method to reduce occupant exposure to radon

                      What is Included in Alligern Testing

      Alergin testing is a seperate part of mold testing A Dust sample for a direct examination may be analyzed immediately.Allergen testing is a quantitative analysis for any of the following Allergens: Cat Allergens (Fel d 1), Dog Allergens (Can f 1), Cockroach Allergen ( Bla g 1), Dust Mite Allergens (Der p 1, Der f 1), Mouse Allergens (Mus m 1), Rat Allergens (Rat n 1), in household dust. An allergen screen service for Cat, Dog, Dust Mite and Cockroach Allergens

                            Lead Testing

Any disturbance of lead-based paint can create a hazard by depositing lead chips or particles in the house dust or in the soil around the house. If you are planning on doing renovation,remodeling, or repainting, you should have testing done by a certified lead-based paint professional on any painted surfaces that will be removed, disturbed, scraped, or sandedbefore starting the work. The EPA brochureReducing Lead Hazards When Remodeling Your Home renovating or remodeling your home. If your house was built before 1978 and you hire a professional to renovate, the renovator must, before beginning renovation, give you a copy of the EPA pamphlet From Lead In Your Home(see page 16) provides guidelines forProtect Your Family.

III. If you Are Renting Or Buying A HomeThe Federal Lead-Based Paint and Lead-Based Paint Hazards Disclosure Rule requires that the landlord or seller of a residential dwelling built prior to 1978 provide the renter or buyer with: From Lead In Your Home The pamphlet Protect Your Family and paint or lead-based paint hazards in the home. A buyer must be given the opportunity to conduct testing to determine whether leadbased paint or lead-based paint hazards are present. While you are not required by law to test for lead, it may be advisable if you have (or plan to have) young children in the home. 



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