Mold is everywhere. We need it in our environment to break down our trash and organic material in nature. That said, we also want to make sure there are no abnormal levels of mold in our homes. Three conditions that would warrant a mold survey in a home include:
1. A musty scent is detected or damp areas were discovered on drywall or flooring.
2. A person living in the home has severe allergies, asthma, or has a suppressed immune system.
3. A prior water leak was disclosed, but no documentation exists to verify mold remediation.
If one or more of these is true about the home you are purchasing, we recommend having a mold survey conducted during the home inspection. This process takes about 30 minutes and lab results are available within two days of the survey. The accuracy of the results is guaranteed for up to $3,000 if mold is found within 90 days after the survey.
Infrared imaging provides important information relating to otherwise inaccessible areas of a residential building. Infrared detects extremely small but crucial differences in temperature from one area of a house to another. These temperature variations show up on the camera’s view screen as “cold” or “hot” spots, which reveal hidden problems that often cannot be detected in the course of a traditional visual inspection.
These problems may include:
* Faulty wiring, breakers, and fuses
* Hidden moisture intrusion
* The moisture sources of mold
* Pipe and ductwork leaks
* Roof and ceiling leaks
* Foundation cracks
* Heat/energy loss
* Structural concerns
* Missing insulation
* Ventilation problems
* Moisture associated with termite nests
* Rats, mice, and other pests