MOULD & MOISTURE DETECTION

Mould Inspections and Testing

Moulds are fungi. Moulds grow throughout the natural and built environment. Tiny particles of mould are present in indoor and outdoor air. In nature, moulds help break down dead materials and can be found growing on soil, foods, plant matter, and other items. Moulds produce microscopic cells called “spores” which are very tiny and spread easily through the air. Live spores act like seeds, forming new mould growths (colonies) when they find the right conditions.

Mould only needs a few simple things to grow and multiply:

  • Moisture
  • Nutrients
  • Suitable place to grow

*Of these, controlling excess moisture is the key to preventing and stopping indoor mould growth.

Mould should not be permitted to grow and multiply indoors. When this happens, health problems can occur and building materials, goods and furnishings may be damaged.
Home Inspectors usually conduct two different types of Residential Mould Inspections. Mould Inspections are performed in accordance with the Mould Inspection Standards of Practice of the International Association of Certified Indoor Air Consultants www.IAC2.org.

Complete Mould Inspection:

  • Visual examination of the entire building, its systems and components
  • Moisture, temperature, and humidity measurements
  • Indoor and outdoor air samples and surface testing

Limited Mould Inspection:

  • Visual examination limited to a specific, defined area of the building
  • Indoor and outdoor air samples and surface testing

Periodic Maintenance Inspections

This type of inspection is performed every two years to assure the health of your family and the safety of your real estate investment. Periodic Maintenance Inspections are necessary to assure the integrity of your structure in-between storms and droughts, to check the building’s integrity that may compromise by cracked beams or foundations, to visually inspect for wood-destroying insects, and more. Any of these situations can contribute to decrease home value or pose a physical risk to your family if not identified in time.

Rental/Property Management Inspections

If you own rental property, then you already understand the need to assure that your property is in tip-top shape prior to allowing renters to occupy the building. You are also aware of the need to assure that your property has not been damaged before renters vacate the property. Rental/property management inspections are designed to protect you from serious liability that can result from renting or leasing a potentially hazardous property. Additionally, a rental/property management inspection also helps you to protect your assets by identifying damage that may have potentially been caused by occupants.

Investigative Inspections

This type of inspection is most-often used when a homeowner feels that a problem may exist. For example, you may want to engage in an Investigative Inspection after a severe storm, if you experience and odd smell in your home that cannot be identified, or if you notice unusual pest and insect activity. In many cases, Investigative Inspections can help homeowners to catch problems before they become an expensive or irreversible liability.

As a member of the Certified Infrared Thermographers Association (CITA), National Infrared Inspections is committed to providing high quality infrared imaging and analysis in addition to maintaining consistent professional standards of reporting.

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