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CONCERNED ABOUT MOLD?

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Unchecked mold indoors can damage the structure of a home, cause wood rot, and ruin drywall. Most importantly, mold can cause negative health effects. A professional mold test starts with a thorough inspection of your property. I will investigate any signs of past or present water intrusion, which can promote mold growth, and I will take samples of any suspected mold for laboratory analysis.

We specialize in mold inspections and mold testing, water intrusion assessments in West Central Minnesota.

We have the highest standards in the business and thus perform no remediation, no abatement or construction. You can be assured that there will be NO CONFLICTS OF INTEREST when you put your trust in 1ST Class Home Inspections.

Mold allergies from mold exposure is real. Mold allergies affect many people. Mold in homes is problematic and should be remediated or removed. Getting a Mold Inspection and Mold Testing is the first step. Mold Removal or Mold Remediation is the second step.

Are you concerned about mold? Do you worry about the impact mold might have on your health? How does mold get into ahome? Mold issues can be complicated and confusing. Call Ron at 1ST Class Home Inspections (320-587-8437) today to speak with a courteous, certified professional about all of your indoor environmental concerns.

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Types of Mold Inspections & Testing:

Complete Mold Inspection

(Includes 3 samples)

The Complete Mold Inspection is performed by an IAC2-certified mold inspector. (Refer to Section 2 of the IAC2 Mold Inspection Standards of Practice.)

The Complete Mold Inspection is performed in accordance with the Mold Inspection Standards of Practice of the International Association of Certified Indoor Air Consultants (www.IAC2.org).

The inspector shall perform:
• a non-invasive, visual examination of the readily accessible, visible and installed systems and components of the building, as outlined in the IAC2 Mold Inspection Standards of Practice;

•moisture, temperature and humidity measurements;

•at least three air samples (two indoor and one outdoor); Swab or Tape samples may be performed at the discretion of the inspector at a cost of $85.00 each. Must be approved by client before samples are taken.

•possibly one surface sampling at an area of concern.

The inspector shall report:
• moisture intrusion;
• water damage;
• musty odors;
• apparent mold growth;
• conditions conducive to mold growth;
• the results of a laboratory analysis of all mold samplings taken at the building; and any system or component listed in the Standards of Practice that was not visually examined,and the reasons they were not inspected.

Unless the inspector and client agree to a limitation of the inspection, the inspection will be performed on the primary building and parking structure.

A Complete Mold Inspection includes:
•a visual examination of the entire building, its systems and components;
•moisture, temperature and humidity measurements; and
•taking mold samples.

 

Limited Mold Inspection

(Includes 3 samples)

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.

Prior to the inspection, the inspector and client shall agree to the limitations of the visual examination. As a result, potential sources of mold growth in other areas of the building may not be inspected.

The inspector shall perform:
• a non-invasive, visual examination of the readily accessible, visible, and installed systems and components of only the specific room or area defined by the inspector and agreed to bythe client;

• at least three air samples (two indoor and one outdoor); Swab or Tape samples may be performed at the discretion of the inspector at a cost of $85.00 each. Must be approved by client before samples are taken.

• possibly one surface sampling at an area of concern.

The inspector shall report:
• moisture intrusion;
• water damage;
• musty odors;
• apparent mold growth;
• conditions conducive to mold growth; and
• the results of a laboratory analysis of all mold samplings taken at the building.

The Limited Mold Inspection is a fast and affordable way to confirm the existence of mold and, if possible, determine the type of mold present in a specific, defined area of the building.

A Limited Mold Inspection includes:
• visual examination limited to a specific, defined area of the building; and
• mold samples.

 

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Mold Sampling Only

Mold Sampling

The Investigation

Initial consultation
The client discloses why they would like a mold inspection. Usually they have had previous water damage, seen visual suspected mold, have come in contact with a musty odor, or have become ill at home or a combination of these variables.

Visual Inspection
Looking for visual mold, water stains, moisture intrusion.
Recording humidity levels and temperatures from room to room.
Checking suspect areas with a surface moisture meter to detect further moisture in wall cavities.

Sampling
The visual inspection and consultation with the technician will indicate which rooms need to be air sampled along with an outdoor control sample. If a surface area is suspect such as a carpet or piece of furniture then a swab or a physical sample can be taken.


Reporting
The report is written upon receiving the lab analysis. The lab results are interpreted in the report and visual findings are recorded. Recommendations are also included in the report.
The lab results are legal documents and have individual identification numbers on them.

Recommendations and Removal
Any recommendations be done by a Certified Mold Inspector.
Mold removal can be more dangerous than having dormant mold in a home. Negative air pressure machines, hepa filters, gloves and masks should be used.

Final Air Sampling
Air samples of the same rooms should be done after all moldy surfaces are cleaned or removed. Final air sampling will show mold levels decreased to an acceptable level in these rooms. Lab results from final air sampling is the proof you need to be assured that the infesting mold has been removed properly and completely.

 

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