Mold Inspection & Testing
A mold inspection can be preventative or needed as a result from a problem, such as a water leak, visual mold findings, or health concerns. A comprehensive investigation includes a complete visual analysis of the premises, moisture testing with a digital moisture meter, leak detection, and sample collection for laboratory analysis. Our sampling includes Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) samples and surface samples in our basic mold inspection package. We offer many different types of sampling and are able to adjust to the needs of our clients. Our package price includes all the laboratory fees for the samples taken, a full report which includes the visual inspector’s notes/recommendations and an estimate to remediate any areas that are found to have fungal contamination.
Currently, there are numerous sampling methods available to measure fungal concentrations in the environment. Source sampling, which includes methods such as swab, tape, bulk, and dust, is commonly used to identify indoor fungi. Air sampling is one of the most common methods used to assess fungal levels in indoor environments. Many studies have related human health effects, such as increases in allergic and asthmatic respiratory symptoms, to airborne fungal spores. As the health effects of fungal exposure are mainly respiratory, air sampling is believed to be adequate to represent the exposure.
EnviroFocus' mold inspections and thorough, incorporating the following:
- Visual analysis of the property with focus on any areas found to be of concern by a certified inspector.
- Moisture testing of the air and hidden cavities to detect moisture and leaks.
- Air and/or surface sampling around the property and areas of concern that will be sent to a laboratory for analysis to determine if a mold problem exists, what types of mold are present and in what concentration.
- Evaluation of results with you by a degreed and certified microbiologist.
- Recommendations for resolution if any problems are found.
Infrared Thermal Imaging Inspection
Infrared thermal imaging surveys that utilize specialized infrared equipment have proven to be an exceptional tool for rapidly and reliably providing inspectors and their clients with an accurate diagnosis for a wide range of property problems.
An infrared inspection can detect:
- Hidden leaks and water damage
- Mold growth within wall, floor or ceiling areas
- Standing water and moisture within building cavities
- Areas where poor insulation or structural weakness is causing poor air retension, resulting in increased electrical costs to maintain the air heating or cooling systems.
An infrared imaging survey also includes a complete visual inspection of any areas of concern around the property along with moisture testing and leak detection to pinpoint the location of moisture, standing water, leaks and mold.
Asbestos poses the greatest danger when it becomes airborne. The most dangerous asbestos fibers are too small to be visible. After they are inhaled, they can remain and accumulate in the lungs. Asbestos exposure may cause mesothelioma and lung cancer.
Asbestos is most commonly found in older homes, in pipe and furnace insulation materials, asbestos shingles, millboard, textured paints, blown-in acoustic ceilings and other coating materials, and floor tiles. Demolishing, repairing, or just disturbing suspect materials may cause the asbestos fibers to dislodge and release into the air.
Both air and surfaces can be tested to determine if asbestos is present. If you suspect asbestos to be present in either your air or building materials, testing is recommended to determine if a problem exists. Do not attempt to renovate, demolish or conduct construction activities in areas that may contain asbestos.
EnviroFocus can also help building owners and managers meet their regulatory requirements to test suspect materials for asbestos prior to renovation or construction activities. To ensure quality, our certified professionals perform all field work in accordance with OSHA, EPA and AHERA protocols.
Lead has long been recognized as a harmful environmental pollutant. It affects practically all systems within the body. Higher levels of exposure can cause convulsions, coma, and even death. The effects of lead exposure on fetuses and young children can be severe. They include delays in physical and mental development, lower IQ levels, shortened attention spans, and increased behavioral problems. Children may have higher exposures since they are more likely to get lead dust on their hands and then put their fingers or other lead-contaminated objects into their mouths.
There are many ways in which humans are exposed to lead: through air, drinking water, food, contaminated soil, deteriorating lead-based paint, and dust. The most common way to get lead in the body is from dust. Lead dust comes from deteriorating lead-based paint and lead-contaminated soil that gets tracked into your home. This dust may accumulate to unsafe levels. Then, normal hand to-mouth activities, like playing and eating (especially in young children), move that dust from surfaces like floors and windowsills into the body. Other sources of lead:
- Home renovation, remodeling or other situations that disturb materials containing lead.
- Water or soil that contains lead.
- Household items that contain lead, such as lead-glazed pottery, lead crystal or toys with lead materials or paint.
The chance of your property containing lead increases dramatically if it was built before lead was banned from certain building materials. Click here to see a graphical chart representing the likelihood of your home containing lead based on its age.
Special analysis of samples taken can determine if lead is present in paint, water, soil, toys or in the air via lead dust.
Radon is an invisible radioactive gas. It comes from the natural decay of uranium that is found in nearly all soils. It can also be found in rock and water. Radon can be found all over the United States. It can intrude any type or size of building and result in an elevated indoor radon level. It typically enters a building by moving up through the ground to the air above and into your building through cracks and other holes in the foundation. Your building traps radon inside, where it can build up. Any home, office or other building may have a radon problem. This includes new and old homes, well-sealed and drafty homes, and homes with or without basements.
Radon gas decays into radioactive particles that can get trapped in your lungs when you breathe. As they break down further, these particles release small bursts of energy. This can damage lung tissue and lead to lung cancer over the course of your lifetime. Children have been reported to have greater risk than adults of certain types of cancer from radiation.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates that 1 out of every 15 homes in the United States contains elevated radon levels that could be affecting its occupants. The same elevated levels are believed to be present in businesses, as well.
A chart of the estimated deaths per year from radon causing cancer.
Source: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Center for Disease Control (CDC)
Special testing can determine if there is radon in your property and if elevated levels exist. With this information, you can take the necessary steps to resolve the problem.
Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC) Testing
Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are emitted as gases from certain solids or liquids. Organic chemicals are widely used as ingredients in household products. Paints, varnishes, and wax all contain organic solvents, as do many cleaning, disinfecting, cosmetic, degreasing, and hobby products. Fuels are made up of organic chemicals. All of these products can release organic compounds while you are using them, and, to some degree, when they are stored.
Common sources of VOCs include:
- Paints, Paint Strippers and Varnishes
- Composite Wood Products and Wood Preservatives
- Carpets and Adhesives
- Vinyl Floors
- Other Building Materials and Chemicals
- Aerosol Sprays
- Cleaners and Disinfectants
- Air Fresheners
- Fuels and Automotive Products
The risk of health effects from inhaling any chemical depends on how much is in the air, how long and how often a person breathes it in. Breathing low levels of VOCs for long periods of time may increase some people’s risk of health problems. Several studies suggest that exposure to VOCs may make symptoms worse in people who have asthma or are particularly sensitive to chemicals.
Health risks depend on the individual, but moderate to high-level exposure is never recommended for anybody. Those with asthma are often at a greater risk of complication. Short-term exposure to low to moderate levels of VOCs for many can result in eye nose and throat irritation, headaches, nausea, dizziness, memory impairment and fatigue. Long-term exposure can result in cancer, liver damage, kidney damage, damage to the central nervous system or death.
Testing for VOCs can give you an accurate picture of what contaminants exist in your indoor environment and could be adversely affecting your health or the health of those around you.
Water Quality Testing
Water is what sustains life and should always be consumed in a clean and safe form. Failure to ensure that your drinking-water is safe can expose you and your family to the risk of microbial conditions such as intestinal disease and bacterial infection or chemically-induced conditions such as poisoning or bodily degradation from long-term exposure. There are various contaminants that can affect our drinking water. The sources of these contaminants can include the following:
- Naturally occurring sources such as rocks, soils and the result of geological or climate change.
- Industrial or habitat supporting sources such as mining and manufacturing, as well as the human supporting industries that process sewage and solid waste.
- Agricultural acclivities and their use of fertilizers, manures, pesticides, hormone therapy for animals and other practices.
- Water treatment or materials that come into contact with drinking-water such as coagulants, disinfection by-products (DBPs) and water pumping or piping materials.
- Pesticides used near water for insect vector control purposes.
- Water-borne life that produce bacteria by-products and other substances.
The chemical contaminants include the following:
- And several other organic and inorganic chemicals
Common microorganism contaminants can include the following:
- Coliform and E. Coli
- Giardia lamblia
- Viruses and other bacteria
Other Special Services
There are a number of other special services we can perform at your property. These services include special testing, inspections and assessments. Below are some of these additional services. There are a number of other services we are experienced and qualified to perform that are not listed on this website. Please inquire if you would like more information.
Additional services we perform:
- Water or Fire Damage Assessment & Repair Estimation
- Home Inspection
- Commercial Building Inspection
- Carbon Monoxide Testing
- Chinese/Foreign Drywall Testing
- Formaldehyde Testing
- Soil or Surface Testing for Pesticides, Bacteria and Other Substances
- Marijuana Residue Testing
- Methamphetamine Residue Testing
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