Mold Inspection & Mold Testing

Mold Testing and Mold Inspection Services Outer Banks and Eastern NC.

Mold Inspection:

Homeworks Environmental  investigators are fully insured and trained certified mold inspectors. We value certification, education, and professional xperience. It’s important that you contract the services of a professional and certified mold inspector.

Using proven technology and industry standards we use the following tools to locate and classify your mold issues.

  • Thermal Imaging helps identify hidden moisture zones, which promotes biological growth
  • Professional Moisture Meters
  • Calibrated Indoor Air Quality equipment
  • Sterile sampling equipment
  • Digital hygrometers to measure the relative humidity throughout the property
  • Flexible boroscopes to see behind wall cavities and other hard to reach areas
  • Priority processing for certified lab reports

At the end of the inspection process you will be supplied a comprehensive report indicating any issues which we have located. If you choose to opt for laboratory sampling you will receive an additional report indicating the type of molds discovered, the quantity found, and a guide of any health related issues associated.

Indoor Air Quality Testing (Mold Testing)

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Taking air samples during a mold inspection is important for several reasons.  Mold spores are not visible to the naked eye, and the types of mold present can often be determined through laboratory analysis of the air samples.  Having samples analyzed can also help provide evidence of the scope and severity of a mold problem, as well as aid in assessing human exposure to mold spores.  After remediation, new samples are typically taken to help ensure that all mold has been successfully removed.

Air samples can be used to gather data about mold spores present in the interior of a house.  These samples are taken by using a pump that forces air through a collection device which catches mold spores.  The sample is then sent off to a laboratory to be analyzed.  InterNACHI inspectors who perform mold inspections often utilize air sampling to collect data, which has become commonplace.

Microbial Violate Compound Sampling:

This inspection detects bothersome odors in homes and the workplace.

If mold spores are not detected in air sampling and mold odors persists than MVOC sampling might be the next step in an air quality investigation. MVOC odors were discovered to pass through building materials such as flooring, walls and ceilings, while mold spores do not. In homes and buildings with elevated moisture issues mold and other fungi give off odors as they grow and die decomposing behind building material. MVOC have been linked to health issues affecting building occupants and are indicative of microbial growth within a structure. Concerns have increased research by health professionals and indoor air quality exports.

Crawlspace Inspection:

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We will look extensively at crawl space-related issues, including: condensation, moisture, mold growth, insulation and floor sheathing. Floor jousts will be checked for moisture and condition. Ventilation and water infiltration will be addressed. We will provide a report including pictures and recommendations.

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The following are some of the more common dangers discovered in crawlspaces. Just like pests, mold and fungus can grow rapidly in crawlspaces. They are both a health concern as well as a cause of wood decay, which can require a costly repair. Airborne mold spores can potentially enter the living space from the crawlspace. Molds produce allergens (substances that can cause allergic reactions), irritants and, in some cases, potentially toxic substances called mycotoxins. Inhaling or touching mold or mold spores may cause allergic reactions in sensitive individuals. Allergic responses include hay fever-type symptoms, such as sneezing, runny nose, red eyes, and skin rash (dermatitis). Homes infected with molds and fungus are also much more difficult to sell, often requiring costly remediation prior to closing the deal.

Our thorough inspection will provide you with a visual inspection report (including photos) which identifies the present conditions within the space. Common problems to our area include; mold growth, elevated moisture, compromised insulation materials, inadequate venting, and landscaping design are all subjects taken into consideration during the inspection process. We will provide you with a list of recommended actions to correct conditions.

Moisture Inspection:

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Dampness can often provide a breeding ground for Microbial Violate Organic Compounds (MVOC) and myotoxins. Elevated humidity can cause chemical odors to be released from building material and furniture. Dampness can also damage buildings structure components and increase the presence of termites, ants and rodents. Exposure to damp and moldy environments can cause a variety of health issues or non at all depending on the sufferer.

Some people are very sensitive to mold spores and odors. For these unfortunate sufferers mold can cause nasal irritations, cough, sore throat, or skin irritations. People with allergies may have severe reactions. Immune compromised people and people with chronic lung illness may get severe infections in their lungs when they are exposed to mold. There are ongoing studies related to ill effects due to mold exposure.

Mold is difficult to detect when it is hidden behind walls, flooring and in attic and crawl spaces. It is of no value to locate and remove mold if what was causing it to grow in the first place is not then removed.

Pre-Purchase Mold/Moisture Inspection

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Are you considering purchasing a new home? Is there a musty smell in the home? Is there evidence of present or past water damage on the ceiling, walls, or floor? Has the home ever experienced flooding or significant water damage events? Are there elevated moisture issues?

Often overlooked on the standard Home Inspection Report, unseen moisture / mold damage can result in extremely damaging issues in the future.

In our experience servicing the Outer Banks area we have helped our customers avoid future health related issues, as well as extremely costly future mold remediation bills. Locating hidden mold / moisture issues prior to the purchase can give you the knowledge needed to negotiate the proper price.

Complete Inspection:

Homeworks Inspections brings both experience and technology to the inspection process. We strive to identify and locate the contaminates that can negatively affect air quality in a property. By locating and identifying any contaminates we are able to then treat and eliminate the cause thereby restoring the air quality.

Building materials that emit odors are plywood, carpeting, furniture, paint, fabrics and wall coverings. Chemical, such as window cleaners, floor polishes, air fresheners, bleach, insect spray, etc. just to name a few, become trapped inside the homes interior. Lack of adequate ventilation not only serves to trap any contaminants present, it can lead to increased moisture which can foster mold growth.

HVAC systems in warm climates that are not serviced or running efficiently can also contribute to moisture and mold problems. In fact many A/C units are prone to mold growth within their duck work. This happens when excessive moisture and moderate dust is present in the ducts. These both provide food and moisture for mold growth. When the A/C system is on mold odors are dispersed throughout the house through ceiling and floor vents.

With our complete inspection interior surfaces of the property are inspected, including: window, walls, ceilings, closets and cabinet spaces. Attic spaces if accessible will also be included. HVAC vents and filters will be examined for moisture and mold spore growth. An infrared camera will be utilized in areas where moisture or mold has been detected. The exterior of the home will also be inspected, including: siding, landscaping, grading and roof runoff. Crawl space area will be included if they are readily accessible. This inspection will include 2 lab samplings. These air (or swab samples) are normally taken in areas of concern. Additional samples can be taken at the owner’s request. An informative report including findings and recommendation will be forwarded to the owner. Detailed results from lab samples will also be sent.

Visual Inspection:

Homes and businesses being built today are more energy efficient leading to savings on both heating and cooling. Unfortunately these savings often come at the expense of poor air quality. In fact, harmful chemicals may be released into the air daily without the occupants even knowing it.

First the exterior of the property will be inspected for water intrusion points, siding, roof runoff, exterior grading and crawl space areas. On the interior walls, floors, ceiling, baths and attic space of the property will be inspected. Moisture and relative humidity measurements will be taken throughout the property. Interior filters and ventilation vents will be checked for excessive moisture and mold growth. No lab sampling is included in this inspection. A report of our findings along with recommendations will be provided.

Post Remediation Testing:

In any large mold remediation project HEI recommends Post Remediation / Clearance Testing be performed to ensure that “Elevated” mold conditions have been corrected.  It is advised to use an independent Certified Mold Testing contractor. Following proper mold remediation guidelines is critical in ensuring that there is no further cross contamination of mold spores mold testing can confirm actual conditions.