A visual inspection of a house provides a home inspector with clues about the presence of moisture buildup and mold. This preliminary exam utilizes specialized equipment, such as thermal imaging cameras, to measure humidity and moisture presence in walls or floors. Other likely places for moisture intrusion include HVAC systems, crawl spaces, attics, dishwashers and other appliances where moisture is an issue.
Air and surface samples are used to determine and understand if mold growth or stains are present, and to identify the type of mold. Experienced mold inspectors and laboratories like ours can detect mold problems, and provide you with recommendations to remedy them.
Do I need mold investigation?
A mold investigation clears the air figuratively and literally, in a real estate transaction. The buyer will know that the house is free of elevated levels of mold, and the seller will feel good knowing that they did right by the buyer. With mold being tough to see with the naked eye, a professional mold inspection allows both buyer and seller to benefit.
What is mold, and why does it matter?
Mold helps biodegrade organic items in nature like dead trees and leaves. It is an essential part of nature. But in a house mold can be destructive, and should be prevented or removed. Mold spores, which are invisible to the naked eye, float through the air and are how mold reproduces and grows. There are many types and colors of mold, but none can grow without moisture.
Exposure to excessive levels of these spores can be dangerous to humans and animals. It can affect the immune system, and lead people to suffer other health problems as well. Mold can also damage furniture, carpets, rugs, and kitchen and bathroom cabinets. If mold hasn’t been remediated, it can cause serious damage to the structure of a house.
How will it affect a real estate transaction in Ventura County, Los Angeles County, or Santa Barbara County?
Mold growth can be stopped and removed in a house. Its presence does not mean you won’t be able to buy or sell a house. It means that there is an unexpected source of moisture in the house which needs to be resolved. Once the source of moisture is determined, the mold can be removed and both parties can feel confident that mold will not be an issue in the real estate transaction.
Scott Taylor has been awarded the Council-certified Indoor Environmental Consultant (CIEC) and Council-certified Residential Mold Inspector (CRMI) designation by the American Council for Accredited Certification (ACAC). This prestigious, board-awarded certification recognizes Taylor’s knowledge and field experience in indoor environmental investigation and consulting.
To earn the CIEC designation, Scott passed a rigorous examination based on respected industry texts. He then submitted documented, verifiable field experience to a board of peers, earning a unanimous vote of approval.
To maintain the CIEC designation, Scott will remain active in the field and complete 40 hours of professional development activities within the next two years.
Scott is now listed in the ACAC certificant database at www.acac.org, along with more than 2,800 ACAC certificants around the world. The database can be searched by name, company or zip code and represents a continuously updated roster of experienced indoor environmental professionals.
The CIEC designation is accredited by the Council of Engineering and Scientific Specialty Boards (CESB) and the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA), both nationally recognized third-party accreditation bodies. For more information, visit www.acac.org.
More Than Simply Mold Inspection
Not only do we test for mold, but also for the following: