Mold Testing Evaluation

Mold testing and surveying is not included with a home inspection. No documentation or evaluation will be conducted unless the service is included with a home inspection. Aztec Home Services is a mold testing and moisture intrusion certified home inspection company. With certifications from Indoor Air Quality and InterNACHI. AHS offers at a reduced fee Limited Visual Growth Survey when included with a home inspection, which provides insight and guidance to assist you in determining if mold testing should be conducted. Aztec Home Services LLC also offers a Mold and Moisture evaluation , much like a home inspection but the focus is on moisture intrusion and growth. During this survey the the electrical, structural and HVAC systems are not evaluated.  Just like all homes have some level of radon, all homes have mold spores. The spores cannot be seen without the use of a microscope. Every time you open your doors or windows the wind blows invisible mold spores into your home. Homes with mold growth greater than a 3’X3′ area should be professional remediated.

Harrisonburg Mold “Black” Mold Testing

An abundance of mold spores in your home can have a negative affect on your health. Occupants with allergies, asthma and other health issues are more susceptible, but active mold growth can affect anyone. Some molds can cause serious health issues and should only be removed by professionals. If you have growth or think you have a mold problem, Call Aztec Home Services and get your home inspected and tested! Protect your health and the health of your family!

Mold Spores Are Every Where

Mold spores are everywhere and their purpose is to aid in the breakdown and decay of organic matter. Before clean up Aztec Home Services can complete a mold and moisture evaluation on your home and provide guidance in moisture control, identify the type and mold species of the growth.

The EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) states that areas smaller than 3 feet by 3 feet can be cleaned by the average home owner. Aztec Home Services offers mold testing and complete mold and moisture inspections. During a mold and moisture inspection, our goal is to discover the point of origin (moisture). Moisture is the number one ingredient mold needs to grow so it stands to reason that if we control the moisture we control the mold. As a certified mold inspector, it is my goal to teach you about mold spores and how high moisture and moisture intrusion relates to mold growth. Every home has mold spores, the total indoor air mold spore count when compared to outside air mold spore count should be lower, if not then there is considerable evidence that an indoor mold problem exists.

EPA’s Advice On Mold

According to the EPA, there is no practical way to eliminate mold spores from any indoor environment; moisture and humidity control will work to control the growth of mold. If you have growth, the first step is to fix the source of the moisture, plumbing leaks and roof leaks, improper site drainage and clogged gutters are the most common causes of moisture intrusion in residential housing. The recommended indoor humidity level is between 30 and 60%, which will decrease the potential for mold growth. Once the moisture intrusion has been remediated, remove and dispose of all contaminated material, including furniture.

Take Action To Prevent Growth

Check all bathroom vents, dryers or any other moisture producing sources. Ensure they are venting to the exterior of the home. Air conditioning system are a great way to control humidity. De-humidifiers will remove humidity from the air. Increased ventilation can assist in reducing humidity levels especially in attics of older homes. When a leak or intrusion occurs, clean up the water and furnishings within 24-48 hours to prevent mold growth. Clean mold off hard surfaces with water and detergent, and dry completely. Absorbent materials such as ceiling tiles, that are moldy, may need to be replaced. Don’t install carpeting on concrete floors when there is frequent moisture intrusion or condensation build up.

Mold Symptoms

Symptoms of indoor mold allergies can include, but are not limited to: sneezing, conjunctivitis (pink eye), chronic cough, runny nose, nasal congestion, itchy watery and red eyes, skin rashes and hives, sinus headache, rhinitis (inflammation of the sinuses), bronchitis, asthma, hypersensitivity pneumonitis, difficulty breathing. You may have one or more of these symptoms but it does not mean you have an indoor mold problem. Other conditions must be present and a through property inspection should be conducted to determine if mold growth in present, the type (species) of growth and if moisture intrusion points exits.

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Michael Donitzen

VA Licensed Home Inspector

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Virginia Licensed Home Inspector with 30+ years experience building, repairing, and inspecting homes. Evening and weekend appointments available upon request.