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Mold inspection questions

  Mold inspection questions

What is a mold inspection?


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  • 27 February, 2014

    So you think you have a mold issue?  We can help you figure it out. Mold isn’t really a problem as much as it is the result OF another problem.  Meaning that typically, mold in your home is the result of the some sort of water intrusion or leak.  We can help you sort out […] read more

  • 09 April, 2014

    Do I need air tests during my mold inspection? The answer on the first time inspection is typically no!  Air tests are valuable tools that an industrial hygienist (mold inspector) can use.  If you don’t take air samples how do you know?  The answer is simple as well as complex.   But in essence, if […] read more

  • 15 May, 2014

    How a crawlspace impacts indoor air quality This image illustrates how air moves through you home! this article will help you understand how a crawlspace impacts indoor air quality of your home.  Air moves in and out of your home via pathways and typical gaps in insulation and construction that are not sealed.  This shows […] read more

  • 15 May, 2014

     Case study on inaccurate air samples Location- Santa Barbara California  Problem:  Our case study of inaccurate air samples is centered on a home in escrow for $3.9 million dollars that was re built from the ground construction budget was $2.5 million dollars.  In connection with the escrow and proposed purchase, a mold inspection was performed […] read more

  • 09 June, 2015

    Case Study: Does my front load washing machine have mold? Front load washer, mold and health impact on your family. My name is Chuck Colby and I own and manage SOS Environmental LLC.  I have been solving indoor environmental issues for almost 20 years; specializing in mold and water damage. This article will center two questions: […] read more

  • 24 September, 2015

    Here is what you need to make a great DIY HEPA filter. a typical box type fan.  A HEPA rated allergen return filter (any brand will do as long as it is allergen/or HEPA rated.  There are designations MERV ‘XX’ you may see.  Try to get a MERV 13 or higher.  The filter only needs […] read more

  • 05 November, 2015

    what to do if you have a leak You may not like the answer but here it is.  Most homes today have drywall used for their walls. IF drywall ( aka “sheetrock”) is allowed to remain wet for more than 48 hours it will almost certainly contain growth mold.  So, the trick is to dry it […] read more

  • 27 April, 2016

    Does my front load washing machine have mold? How a front loading washing machine was making her kids sick! It is a fact that if you have a front load washing machine, it is causing mold to be on your clothes! Recently I visited a small home in the San Fernando Valley of a family […] read more

  • 23 May, 2016

    This will show you how to build a DIY mold containment for homeowners and contractors alike.  A lot of what we are going to say is simply intuitive and logical.  Understand that the “idea” is that you want to keep the mold spores from being distributed while you are removing them from the work area. How […] read more



Mold inspection questions.

A mold inspection is not simply taking air samples and getting a result.  A competent mold inspection involves actually looking for issues that either exist, or may in the future exist as a result of water intrusions or construction defects.  Simply taking air samples is not a mold inspection.  If you have mold inspection questions, feel free to contact us

Q. What happens during a mold inspection?

During a mold inspection we look at all areas that appear suspicious to us. We have a multiple of tools at our disposal to assist with this. These include, but are not limited to, moisture meters, thermal imaging cameras, ATP rapid assay mold analysis, air flow detection, slab moisture analysis kits. But it comes down to knowing what you are doing. Some mold problem are easy to spot, others are more tricky. No one is perfect, but a mold inspection is much more than simply looking around. It is a comprehensive analysis of the conditions inside your structure with trained eyes focusing on one thing; finding water intrusions

Q. What does it cost?

a comprehensive mold inspection starts at low as $360 dollars. This includes 2 reports, a detailed investigation, and on site analysis. Call us today to set up an appointment and get more information

Q. I’m buying or renting a new house, do I need a mold inspection?

That’s obviously up to you. Remember, we will find more issues that related to both water intrusions, mold, waterproofing, mold, bacteria than a regular general home inspector will. A preliminary inspection starts at only $360 dollars. Is it really worth taking a chance.?  Mold inspection questions are common.  We have the answers.

Q. Is it necessary to test for mold?

It totally depends upon the circumstances and what you are trying to accomplish. If we see mold, we don’t have to sample it necessarily unless you need to document the mold and its existence. Every circumstance is completely different. Simply taking mold tests for the sake of testing is not a good answer. There should be an overall plan as to why you would take samples and what you want to accomplish by taking them. Circumstances are different if you are performing a clearance assessment. In those circumstances you must collect samples to verify that the previous problem has been mitigated.

Q. What is a mold inspection going to tell me, as opposed to what a general inspection will? Mold inspection questions.

we will be able to tell you many things a general inspector won’t or can’t. Think of it as visiting an eye doctor as opposed to having your general physician look at your eyes. They are both doctors, they are both trained in medicine. But an eye doctor is a specialist. The same way we are specialists. We are not trying to replace the general inspection process, but simply augment it with a very important piece of the puzzle.

Q. Why should I pay for a mold inspection, when there are companies the do it for free

This question has an obvious answer. But if you can’t figure it out, simply said; no one works for free. So here is a lot of work in a proper inspection and report. if the person inspecting the property is going to bid on fixing it, their incentive is to find issues. Our incentive is to act in your best interest, the client.

Q. Are there hidden charges?

No. The inspection is done at the quoted price which includes two reports:

  • a full detailed report including pictures, sketches, diagrams as applicable including a step by step outline of how to fix the problem.  We don’t simply tell you if there is mold, we tell you how to fix it.  This is the scope of work.
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