MOLD INSPECTIONS / INDOOR AIR QUALITY

 

Mold and Indoor Air Quality testing services are generally recommended when individuals suspect a possible health risk or hazard to occupants in an indoor environment. If you have a mold allergy, your immune system overreacts when you breathe in mold spores. A mold allergy or sensitivities can make you cough, make your eyes itch and cause other symptoms that make you miserable. In some people, a mold allergy is linked to asthma and exposure causes restricted breathing and other airway symptoms.

 

A mold inspection will look at the areas of concern within a home and will perform a thorough inspection of both the exterior and interior of the home as it is very important to completely assess the situation. If there was a water event such as a water pipe that had a leak that went unnoticed, mold could have started to grow undetected. 

The inspector will perform a thorough visual inspection of the property using tools such as infrared thermal imaging cameras and moisture meters. This includes areas of concern and general areas that typically have higher chances of mold presence.

 

Areas we will inspect:

  • Exterior conditions including grading, siding, indications of water intrusion

  • All interior walls, ceilings, and floors to identify areas more likely to have hidden mold 

  • All closets, under sinks, under stairs, around windows/doors, or any areas where water is normally present

  • HVAC systems and components

  • Inspector will enter the attic or crawlspace if conditions within the living spaces suggest there may be a problem (water stains, visible mold, etc)

 

Testing:

  • Indoor Air Quality Sampling. Typically we will take a minimum 2 air samples. One sample is taken outside and is used as the control sample. Other samples are taken inside the home near the area of concern and if necessary other areas. These additional samples may be necessary depending on the size of the home and conditions present.

  • The air samples collected can identify mold types present and give exact spore counts and concentrations.

  • We always start with an outside air sample that serves as a control that sets baseline numbers for what is normal and acceptable. It is then compared to inside samples. This will basically let us know whether or not elevated conditions exist or not. 

  • Surface samples identify the mold species and growth concentration. Surface samples can be taken with tape-lift or swabs and are generally used when there is suspected visible mold present.

  • These samples will be sent to an approved laboratory (Prolab or EMSL) for analysis.

  • Turn around time is typically 24 hours.

 

A mold inspection will include a comprehensive inspection and a remediation protocol report if necessary that will summarize the overall findings along with any recommendations for remediation and will also include the lab results.  

 

 

MOLD / AIR QUALITY TESTING INSPECTION FEE'S:

 

  • Mold Inspection: $375 This fee includes a mold inspection, report/remediation protocol, and 2 samples (Air or tape/swab lift)   

  • Air Quality Sampling Only: (2 samples, no inspection or report/remediation protocol): $200

  • Each additional sample (air sample or surface sample) $100

Caliber Home Inspections, LLC is a Florida licensed Mold Assessment company

IAC & NAERMC Certified, Indoor Air Quality Association Member 

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