HomeWorks Inspections, LLC - Mold Inspections


HomeWorks
Inspections, LLC

403 Hartwell Dr.
Seneca, SC  29672

864-888-3633


Mold Inspections

Mold Inspections

 

Mold is not new - it has existed for eons. In recent years, however, it has become a major air quality issue. Mold is increasingly surfacing as a concern for potential home buyers and a major headache for realtors while environmental experts develop guidance and reference levels.

There are hundreds of different species of mold. Regardless of the type, mold requires only moisture to develop and thrive and can grow on virtually any surface. Some typical sources of indoor mold are floods, roof and/or plumbing leaks, and insufficient ventilation in bathrooms, laundry rooms and kitchens.

Signs of possible mold include: visible suspect growth on walls, ceilings or other surfaces; standing water; signs of excessive moisture; and musty smells. While it is important to remember that there can be hidden mold that is not detectable during the course of a standard home inspection, a trained home inspector may uncover signs of prior water damage, cover-up attempts, and visible suspected mold growth. In such instances, further investigation and testing may be advisable.

HomeWorks Inspections, LLC has mold inspectors available to assist homeowners, realtors and home buyers with evaluating moisture and mold issues. Our inspectors are certified by Environmental Solutions Association (ESA) for mold investigation and sampling. Surface sampling (swab or tape) is appropriate for visible suspect growths, and can involve one or more samples. Air sampling is recommended if there is evidence of prior water damage but suspicion of possible hidden mold growth. A minimum of two air samples is required.

Mold sampling takes approximately one hour and results are usually available within four business days. A written report is provided to the homeowner, buyer or the buyer's realtor. If the results indicate an active mold problem, we recommend that a Certified Mold Remediation Specialist be contacted for information about remediation options. Certified Mold Remediation Specialists can be found by going to www.prolabpartners.com


Areas where you can find mold in your home

 

Moisture Points

 
 
What can I expect in a Mold Screen Assessment?


An initial walk through is done throughout the property to find and potential sources of Mold and fungi. This can include, but not limited to:

• Interior and Exterior mold assessment
• Inspect the basement and the garage for mold spores
• Investigations of crawl spaces and attics for mold problems
• Checking the HVAC system and filters for mold spores

Any potential areas of concern discovered during a mold assessment will be documented and photographed. When testing for mold, our inspectors always prefer to collect the most information possible during a mold assessment.

Then the mold inspector will take samples of suspect areas and non-suspect areas to determine the factor of the mold problem and/or if a mold problem exists. The samples can include air samples, tape samples and swab samples. Exterior samples are also taken for comparison.

What mold testing equipment will be used during the mold assessment?
• Bore scope – used to examine hard to reach places and for mold inspection behind walls
• Digital Camera – used to visually document the finding during the mold inspection
• Air sampling pump – to test the interior and exterior for mold spores looking for their count and species
• Tape sampling supplies - used to take sample of the mold to send to a n accredited lab for analysis
• Swabs and culturable sampling – to sample mold in places where tape sampling is impractical or sample the mold so the lab can grow it in a culturable sample to determine the species. (Certain mold spores look identical under the microscope. It isn’t until the lab grows the mold that they can identify the specific mold species. All molds grow differently)
• Moisture meters – to identify possible problematic areas
• Relative humidity monitors & thermometers – to gain the humidity levels in different parts of the house.
• Personal protective equipment – respirators, gloves, Tyvex suite, goggles- this is used to protect the inspector while he is conducting the mold

If the answer is "yes" to any of the following questions, consider a mold inspection or mold testing now:
• Is there a "musty smell in your home or building?
• Are there visible signs of water damage anywhere?
• Has the property ever suffered a leaking basement?
• Has the property ever suffered a roof leak?
• Has the property ever suffered a plumbing leak?
• Has the property ever suffered a sink or sewer overflow?
• Has the property ever suffered other water problems?

If any of the family members, residents or occupants have experienced any of the following adverse health effects; it may indicate that mold is present in their environment. 
• sinus congestion
•  nausea
• sneezing
• runny nose
• coughing
• skin rashes
• fatigue
• flu-like systems
• headaches
• restlessness
• dizziness
• irritation of the eyes, nose or throat
• wheezing
• nose & throat Irritation
• fevers
• asthma
• emphysema

Mold is a microscopic organism found virtually everywhere indoors and outdoors.  Mold can be found on food, plants, and other organic material.  Mold can also be found on cardboard, paper, ceiling tile, sheetrock, carpet, carpet padding, wood, plaster and air conditioning ducts.

Mold spores are easily detached and become airborne. When moldy materials become damaged or disturbed, spores (reproductive bodies similar to plant seeds) can be released into the air.

People at high risk for adverse reactions to mold exposure are:
• Infants
• Children
• Elderly
• Immune Compromised Individuals
• Pregnant Women
• Individuals with Existing Respiratory Conditions

Black Mold on Floor Joist

 Black Mold or Stachybotrys Chartarum (atra) aka: Toxic Mold Stachybotrys Chartarum (atra) is a greenish-black toxic mold that colonizes particularly well in high cellulose material such as straw, hay, wet leaves, dry wall, carpet, wallpaper, fiber-board, ceiling tiles, thermal insulation, etc.  It does not grow on plastic, vinyl, concrete, or ceramic tiles.  It is not the green mold on bread or the black mold on the shower tiles.  There are about 15 species of Stachybotrys or Black Mold known throughout the world.  This toxic mold grows in areas where the relative humidity is above 55%.  Before drying Black Mold (aka: Stachybotrys) is wet and slimy to the touch.  Stachybotrys or Black Mold produces a mycotoxin that causes human mycotoxicosis.  This type of mold is thought to be a possible cause of the “Sick Building Syndrome”.


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