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Mold
Molds are a naturally occurring part of our environment. They play an important role in the outdoor environment by breaking down dead organic matter and keeping the environment healthy and productive.
In indoor environments the presence of molds may cause unhealthy conditions for inhabitants and lead to decay and destruction of building materials. Mold may start growing and spreading within 24-48 hours of water damage occuring!!
There are thousands of types of molds in our natural environment and none will grow without moisture. Molds reproduce by creating spores that become airborne and can enter out bodies through inhalation, ingestion. Some molds also create toxins that also become airborne.
Spores and mycotoxins have been known to cause numerous conditions in the body such as Allergic rhinitis, fungal infections (skin and lungs), asthma, Hypersensitivity pneumonitis, Bronchopulmonary aspergillosis, Organic dust toxic syndrome, Pulmonary hemorrhage in infants. Many common symptoms such as eye irritation, runny nose, sore throat, and fatigue are often overlooked.

Phoenix Mold Inspection
Depending on the findings of the inspection and the purpose of the inspection, mold testing (sampling) may be performed. Testing may be done by air sampling, surface sampling, carpet dust sampling, or inner wall sampling. Air samples are always compared to an outdoor air sample to see if there is a difference in mold types or spore counts.
If you are suffering from health issues and suspect mold or are buying a home and need to know if it is free of unusual mold, mold testing may be the only way but testing is only valid if performed by a properly trained mold inspector.
Depending on the findings of the inspection and the purpose of the inspection, mold testing (sampling) may be performed. Testing may be done by air sampling, surface sampling, carpet dust sampling, or inner wall sampling. Air samples are always compared to an outdoor air sample to see if there is a difference in mold types or spore counts.
If you are suffering from health issues and suspect mold or are buying a home and need to know if it is free of unusual mold, mold testing may be the only way but testing is only valid if performed by a properly trained mold inspector.
A typical Phoenix mold inspection of a home up to 2500 sq ft will require 3 or more indoor samples and one outdoor sample and the fee for this service is $395. Larger home may require additional samples at a cost of $85 each. You will receive a detailed report describing the conditions found during the inspection, the results of the testing, and recommendations to clean and correct the problems. We can add these service to a home inspection at a substantial discount. We also provide third party mold remediation clearance testing to ensure a mold problem has been properly dried and cleaned prior to final restoration.

Mold And Real Estate Transactions in Home Inspector Oldsmar:

The media has brought much attention to the concerns of indoor mold, so it’s a common concern for homeowners and buyers. It’s common to find mold even in all homes, even newer homes. Whether you’re selling your current home or looking into buying one, it is important to get a mold inspection/screening. Presence of active mold can drastically affect the value of a home.

HOME SELLERS: A mold inspection will either positively reinforce the homes value or make you aware of any problems that could otherwise cause delays or become a deal breaker once you’ve found a buyer. A professional mold inspection/screening will give you a detailed report from an expert before you put the home up in the market. Imagine showing a “clean bill of health” to potential buyers to avoid concerns – they’ll be impressed by your thoroughness and provide you an edge over the next potential home they may choose.

HOME BUYERS: Getting a mold inspection/screening will ensure that you’re family’s health is not at risk and you will not be broadsided later by possible costly clean up or highly expensive remediation costs that could end up being the difference between that great deal you got on your home, or the potential money pit you could be stuck with.

Mold can affect anyone, but poses higher risks for the following people:

  • Young Children
  • Elderly People
  • Pregnant Mothers
  • Persons with asthma or breathing problems
  • Persons with lower immune systems
  • Persons undergoing chemotherapy or radiation treatments

Some interesting facts about mold:

  • Exposure to bacterial and fungus in the air inside of homes has emerged as a significant health problem in residential homes as well as in business and school settings.
  • There are numerous types of molds, some of which can be poisonous and toxic to humans.
  • Molds can create a large range of health problems depending on the exposure and tolerance levels of different persons. Those that can be affected most are listed below, but any person can be affected depending on their body’s particular tolerance levels.
  • Mold creates airborne spores that pose a larger health concern because they become and can be inhaled, and also cause the mold to continue spreading throughout the home.
  • The health related problems associated with exposure to mold range from allergic reactions, to respiratory tract inflammation, toxic effects from microtoxins, and infections.
  • Some molds can be extremely dangerous such as legionella, which is the cause of Legionnaires Disease.
  • The most common symptoms of mold exposure are runny nose, eye irritation, cough, congestion, and aggravation of asthma. Individuals with persistent health problems that appear to be related to mold or other types of air quality contaminant exposure should see their physicians for a referral to specialists who are trained in occupational/environmental medicine or related specialties and are knowledgeable about these types of exposures.

Other environmental testing services provided by Home Inspector Oldsmar include

  • Radon testing with two canisters $150
  • Lead paint testing, swab test $20 per test
  • Asbestos material testing $105
  • Asbestos air TEM testing $175