“Your Largest Investment Deserves The Best Inspection”
Our job as your professional home inspector is to alert you to possible environmental issues in your current or potential house. The inspection is intended to be a limited, visual, non-invasive inspection of the residential structure, with subsequent sample collection and data interpretation, to rule out potential sources of moisture and/or mold contamination. The inspector may recommend referral to an appropriate specialist for further investigation and warranted actions. For more information, read the EPA's A Brief Guide to Mold, Moisture, and Your Home.
Molds are part of the natural environment.
Outdoors they plays a part in nature by breaking down organic matter such as fallen leaves and dead trees, but indoors, mold growth should be avoided. Mold spores are invisible to the naked eye and float through indoor air. They can cause both health and financial problems. Inhaling or touching mold or mold spores may cause allergic reactions in sensitive individuals. They can cause hay fever-type symptoms, such as sneezing, runny nose, red eyes, and skin rash (dermatitis). More seriously, they may evade the protective mechanisms of the nose and upper respiratory tract to reach the lungs. In people with lung damage or serious underlying illnesses, mold may grasp the opportunity to invade the lungs or the whole body. The clean up of mold—or remediation as it’s often referred to—can cost many thousands of dollars depending on the degree of infestation.
Red Flags Signs
- Moisture is the key to MOLD control. If MOLD is a problem in your home, you should clean up the MOLD promptly and fix the water problem.
- It is important to dry water damaged areas and items within 24-48 hours to minimize mold growth.
- If you already have a mold problem-ACT QUICKLY. MOLD damages what it grows on. The longer it grows, the more damage it can cause.
Where to look for Red Flags
- Visible signs of mold
- Mold smell
- Water penetration evidence
- Evidence of conditions that could allow water penetration
- Construction defects (bad flashing, poor caulking)
- Dirty and poorly maintained HVAC
- Improperly vented appliances
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- Foundations and grade condition
- Gutters and downspouts
- Window system conditions
- Deck, patio, and balconies earth to wood contact
- HVAC system conditions, staining and moisture, improper vent terminations
- Signs of interior plumbing leaks and water stains, loose, chipped and damaged fixtures, plumbing clean-out backups
- Loose wall paper, open cracks in walls
- Stains and discoloration on floors, walls & ceilings
- Splitting or bowing of siding material, spalling of masonry walls
- Inadequate clearances and ventilation
- Plants or trees touching house
- Improper installation of insulation
- Sky lights or solar tubes
- Dissimilar metal contact
- Absence of drip pans
- Polybutylene and ABS
- Damaged or improperly installed roofing materials and flashing
- Vapor sources such as showers, hot tubs, humidifiers, greenhouses, aquariums