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
What Is Included in a Radon Inspection
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
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.