INDOOR AIR QUALITY TESTING
Mold occurs naturally in our environment and is basically everywhere. If you are considering having mold testing done in your home or business ask yourself a few simple questions:
- Have there been any water leaks or floods into the structure that you know of, in the past or recently?
- Are there any obvious spots or stains on walls, floors, ceilings or other surfaces in your home or business that you may consider suspect mold growth sites?
- Are you experiencing any strong musty or mildew odor?
- Are you or any of your family or business associates experiencing unusual health issues?
- All mold inspections are specialized for each building location so pricing can and will vary.
Air vs. Surface Sampling Techniques
Mold tests can be divided into two categories: air and surface. If you find it necessary to perform a mold test, then it would be advisable to take at least one surface sample and one air sample along with the outside control sample.
The reason is, in some situations, you may have mold growing on a surface, yet it has not reached a point where it is releasing very many mold spores into the air. In which case, air sampling alone would provide results that did not accurately portray the extent of mold growth.
Or, you may have a situation where, in your random surface sampling, you did not sample a surface where mold was growing (or at least not at a significant level), but mold colonies throughout other parts of the home had reached a point where they were releasing substantial amounts of mold spores into the air. In this case, your surface sampling would not give you and accurate picture of the problem.
When testing surfaces we test locations that have signs of mold growth or suspect looking stains to determine if the spots or stains are mold and what types they are.When testing the air we are taking a sample or air from outside the structure and at least one air sample inside the structure and then the levels of of mold from each area are compared. In a desirable situation the mold spore levels are higher outside the structure than the levels inside the structure.When the opposite occurs then an indoor mold growth problem is suspected.
Our typical basic Mold Inspection includes a visual inspection of the property, temperature and relative humidity level readings, moisture mapping, air sampling (at least 1 outside and 1 inside), surface sampling, lab fees, lab reports and project analysis by certified indoor air quality manager.
Base cost for this service is $250.00
Why Do Some Companies Offer Free Mold Inspections?
We can only hypothesize why some companies would do this. Our feeling is they offer free mold inspections because they make money primarily from remediating any mold problems that are found. However, this puts them in a conflict of interest. If they make money from mold remediation, they will want to find mold problems during the free mold inspection. Otherwise, they won’t make money.
Radon is a radioactive element that is part of the radioactive decay chain of naturally occurring uranium in soil. You can’t see, smell, or taste it. Unlike carbon monoxide and many other home pollutants, radon’s adverse health effect, lung cancer, is usually not produced immediately, thus you may be exposed to radon for many years without ever suspecting its presence in your home.
Radon is a radioactive gas. It comes from the natural decay of uranium that is found in nearly all soils. It typically moves up through the ground to the air above and into your home through cracks and other holes in the foundation. Your home traps radon inside, where it can build up. Any home may have a radon problem. This means new and old homes, well-sealed and drafty homes, and homes with or without basements.
The only way to know if you have an elevated level of radon is to test. To determine if your home has elevated radon levels, we will perform a short term test of at least 48 hours. The test devices must remain undisturbed for 48 to 96 hours under closed house conditions and be placed in the lowest livable area of the home. Depending upon the results we may advise you take another short term test prior to considering mitigation. All test results are analyzed and verified by an independent laboratory.
Testing is relatively easy, quick and inexpensive. If you have elevated radon in your home the cost to mitigate is very modest compared to the health of your family and pets.
Base cost for this service is $150.00
Total cost is based on structure square footage and quantity of test canisters used.