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Mold

 

Mold is not an inspection criteria currently required by the Standard of Practice (SOP) of The American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI). As a result, a mold inspection is not performed as a part of a standard home inspection.

 

If mold is noticeable during a standard home inspection it will be noted, on the standard home inspection report, at the discretion of our inspectors. This type of issue would generally entail the observance of such things as the visual presence of mold, mildew, or other growths; the observance of strong odors; and/or other signs of IAQ issues.

 

Mold can be both a visual growth as well as an air born contaminant, it is usually a symptom of a larger problem, and in certain terms can be thought of as a component of IAQ. The presence of mold, mildew, or other growths is not uncommon. There are various strains of mold and the widely publicized variety which can be toxic is known as Stachbotrys (stack-e-bot'-trous).

 

A standard mold inspection in most instances would entail an overall IAQ inspection. This type of inspection would generally include mold testing via culturable air samples (Petri-Dish style growth plates), mold testing via direct examination (tape samples, bulk samples, swab samples, as well as water samples), as well as mold testing via spore traps (Air-O-Cell style particulate air traps).

 

The solution to mold generally involves either sanitation or remediation. The following protocol is considered general industry accepted practice:

 

  • Sanitization - Sanitization as it pertains to mold issues generally consists of effectively addressing the underlying causes of the mold growth, cleaning the impacted area, and in some instances applying a biocide to the impacted area. Addressing the underlying causes generally will include remedial construction as it may be necessary to address leaking construction as well as to control temperature and humidity through mechanical means (exhaust).
  • When no visible mold is present the environment can be sanitized
  • When visible mold is not Stachbotrys and is less than 15 square feet either cumulative (throughout the area of concern or property of concern) or contiguous (single area of concern) and no moisture is present beyond generally acceptable ranges

 

  • Remediation - Remediation generally consists of removal of the material upon which the mold is present, disposal of the removed material, sanitization of the area, replacement of required materials.
  • When visible mold (of any variety) exceeds 15 square feet either cumulative (throughout the area of concern or property of concern) or contiguous (single area of concern), viable or not (viability is determining through analytical laboratory testing)
  • When visible mold is identified as Stachbotrys it must be remediated whether it is viable or not (viability as well as categorization is determined through analytical laboratory testing)
  • When Stachbotrys is found, any visible mold, regardless of the variety or viability, must also be remediated (viability as well as categorization is determined through analytical laboratory testing)
  • When visible mold (of any variety) is present and viable, and surface moisture exceeds 17% in the area of visible mold that specific area must be remediated

 

In general practice the purchaser of a standard Home Inspection will not know if mold or other IAQ problems exist. As such while it is possible to perform and overall IAQ inspection in connection with a standard home inspection this is not the standard approach. If during the course of a standard home inspection mold or other IAQ problems are encountered then the Client can request a full IAQ inspection which would include mold issues. In some instances this type of inspection can be performed at the same time as a standard home inspection. However, it is more likely it would have to be scheduled at a latter date and in coordination with all applicable parties.

 

It should be noted that there is not presently legislated (federal or state) and/or industry agreement to permissible concentration ranges, for a variety of IAQ issues as there are, for federally and state regulated environmental containments. The information presented on this page is generally considered current best industry practice; but, is subject to change without notice.

 

Additionally, our staff has completed federally mandated Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response (HAZWOPER) training as well as all required continuing education requirements associated with this training. Consequently, we are capable of handling most environmental contamination issues.

 

Additional information is available by viewing our FAQ, Links, and Information Page accessible, from the menu, on the left-hand side of this page or by utilizing the following hyper-link: FAQ.  Information pertaining to overall Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) of which mold can be a component is available by viewing our Indoor Air Quality Page accessible, from the menu, on the left-hand side of this page or by utilizing the following hyper-link: IAQ.

 

It should be noted that the fastest way, to obtain a quote, for services is to complete the inspection scheduling process. This process does not commit you to services; but, it does allow us to collect important information which is utilized to provide an accurate service quote. Our service rates are competitive and within industry norms. The scheduling process can be started by following the home icon links throughout our site or by utilizing the following hyper-link: Quotes.

 

If after reviewing our web-site you would like more information about a specific offering we would be glad to speak with you. You can reach us through our contact forms which are accessible, from the main menu, at the top of this page, you can Email us at info@ridleypartners.com, or you can call us at 1-205-746-7567.

 

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