Be Sure Your Home Environment is Safe and Healthy
We conduct various types of environmental testing and inspections. The two most common are Air Quality and Mold Inspections and Radon Testing. We can inspect for Chinese drywall, water quality, lead paint, VOC (Volatile Organic Compound), formaldehyde, asbestos, and bed bugs and other insects.
A general licensed home inspector can perform limited air quality testing during the course of a home inspection, but cannot perform an assessment or write protocols. We, however, are a licensed Mold Assessor, trained to inspect and perform a more invasive inspection and write a protocol or direction on how to remediate.
We use Infrared Thermal Imaging technology in addition to moisture meters and various air samples. We are also certified in Moisture Intrusion and not only test for mold, but help evaluate the cause of possible moisture intrusion. We follow the Federal Statutes IICRC 5520 guidelines and 5500 2015 for "water moisture intrusion."
Photo with Infrared Thermal Imaging
Air Quality / Mold Assessment During our complete Home Inspection OR even a sole inspection, we can test for the most common types of airborne mold spores through our field samples and Prolab analysis. The US Environmental Protection Agency link many respiratory problems in America to the air we breathe within ours homes. Air concerns should NOT be a deal breaker and can often be easily rectified.
Our Mold Assessors License Number: MRSA2929
Radon (should I test for it?) The US EPA and the Surgeon General recommend testing all homes in the USA for radon.
Radon is gas that comes from the natural (radioactive) breakdown of uranium in soil, rock and water, and gets into the air you breathe. Radon can be found in every home in the U.S. and is a known carcinogen. Radon is the leading Cause of Lung Cancer for Non-Smokers. You can’t see it. You can’t smell it. You can’t taste it. In Florida, 25-33%, one in four homes tested has elevated radon levels above the EPA action level of 4 pCi/L.
Elevated radon levels have been found in all types of Florida buildings, including manufactured homes, schools and high-rise condominiums. Generally, if your radon levels are between 4 pCi/l and 8 pCi/l, you should mitigate to protect occupant’s health, but you can take a little time to perform additional diagnostics if desired (mitigate within 6 months). When radon levels are confirmed over 8 pCi/l, you should mitigate as soon as reasonably possible. For levels much higher, on the order of 100 pCi/l, immediate action should be taken to reduce exposure. If you do find that you have elevated Radon in your home, there are simple and inexpensive ways to fix a Radon problem. Even very high levels can be reduced to acceptable levels. Check out these two sites for further information: “Home Buyer’s and Seller’s Guide to Radon” https://www.epa.gov/radon/home-buyers-and-sellers-guide-radon
“Citizen’s Guide to Radon”: https://www.epa.gov/sites/production/files/2015-05/documents/hmbuygud.pdf
Our Florida Department of Health Radon License Number: R2569