Why use Vertex Home Inspection for your Mold Testing?
Mold growing in homes can lead to structural decay, health concerns, unsightly stains, and foul odors. Mold inspection and Mold testing from Vertex Home Inspection is a full assessment of the condition of your home as it relates to mold and moisture intrusion. We are not remediators, so you can be sure that we have no conflict of interest and you will receive an unbiased inspection. We can take a variety of sample types (Air, Surface, In-wall) based on need, but the real key to actionable results is the visual inspection of the property. Our experience in Home Inspection allows for an accurate look at the home as a whole. We then use sampling as a tool to enhance our ability to judge and confirm the extent of any mold problems that may or may not exist. We will deliver a report that with full explanations of all findings. This gives you the tools to make an educated, and more economical, decision on how to proceed with remediation if it is needed at all. We have two types of inspections depended on your particular needs. Give us a call and we will put a proper package together for you. based on your particular situation
The Complete Mold Inspection:
The Complete Mold Inspection is performed by an IAC2-certified mold inspector and performed in accordance with the Mold Inspection Standards of Practice of the International Association of Certified Indoor Air Consultants (www.IAC2.org).
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A Complete Mold Inspection includes:
The Limited Mold Inspection
The Limited Mold Inspection is performed by an IAC2-certified mold inspector. (Refer to Section 3 of the IAC2 Mold Inspection Standards of Practice.)
The difference between a Complete Mold Inspection and a Limited Mold Inspection is a limitation of the non-invasive, visual examination of the building. The Limited Mold Inspection does not include a visual examination of the entire building, but is limited to a specific area of the building identified and defined by the inspector.
When and why we sample for mold
Samples are generally best taken if visual, non-invasive examination reveals apparent mold growth or conditions that could lead to growth, such as moisture intrusion or water damage. Musty odors can also be a sign of mold growth. If no sign of mold or potential for mold is apparent, one or two indoor air samples can still be taken, at the discretion of the inspector and client, in the most lived-in room of the house and at the HVAC unit.
Outdoor air samples are also typically taken as a control for comparison to indoor samples. Two samples -- one from the windward side and one from the leeward side of the house -- will help provide a more complete picture of what is in the air that may be entering the house through windows and doors at times when they are open.
If requested, we can take tape or swap samples of apparent mold growth to confirm that it is in fact biological in nature. There are many instance where this is useful. We can also test wall cavities in a minimally invasive fashion if there is no visible mold, but musty odors exist.
All additional samples require the approval of the client and the reasons for additional sampling will always be fully explained and justified.