I have mold on my bathroom tile, is this a mold hazard?
Usually this is a common house cleaning and maintenance issue. The mold types are usually common to outdoors such as Cladosporium. Cleaning mold with a tile and grout cleaner agent and abrasive sponge is the best first approach. In some cases old tile must be replaced. We routinely inspect for these conditions.
I see dark or black mold, is this a health hazard?
There are important factors in understanding mold and air quality issues. For example are you allergic or sensitive to molds. If so, you may be more concerned about molds regardless of the type. Generally people who are sensitive to mold should be concerned about mold as a condition in their home or building. A black mold or dark mold may not necessarily be an immediate health concern. The hazards associated with mold have more to do with how much mold is in the air and potentially part of your living space. Our inspection addresses these concerns so that our clients are educated regarding mold and air quality.
What comes first, the inspection or the air sampling? Is air sampling representative of a property condition?
The inspection is a means to provide our clients with information about their particular property. Air sampling provides clients with additional information regarding spore counts and mold species. Levels found have direct correlation with the results of the visual inspection.
What types of properties have mold concerns?
All properties have potential for mold concerns. Those with basements tend to have the majority of problems.
Are stains on my block walls of my basement a mold concern? What do I do?
These are typically found to be mineral deposits created by moisture moving through the block walls. Inspections help to identity these conditions and create solutions to keep properties maintained.
What age of home contains asbestos?
Most commonly used asbestos materials date back from 1900 to 1960 Asbestos materials were continued to be manufactured until 1980.
What types of asbestos materials can be found in homes?
Vermiculite insulation which can be contaminated with asbestos, duct wrap used for HVAC systems, pipe wrap used for heating pipes/boilers, Vinyl floor tile, and textured ceilings (popcorn)
How do you know if your textured ceiling requires an asbestos inspection?
Textured asbestos ceilings were applied between the years 1950 and 1980. We recommend having it tested to confirm asbestos content.