Mold Inspections

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Pro-Tech Inspections embraces advanced tools, education, and processes to deliver unparalleled quality in our home inspections. In fact, we set the bar with many first in the Upstate and industry as a whole.

  • First Inspector in SC to offer weekend appointments
  • First Inspector in SC to use drones
  • First Inspector in SC to build and use crawl robots
  • First inspector in SC to offer Thermal Imaging
  • First Inspector in SC to bundle CL100’s now everyone does it
  • First Inspector in SC to offer and be a One Stop Shop, and still the only one stop shop
  • First Inspector in SC to offer Sewer Scope services
  • Only SC Inspector with a certified Mold Remediator on staff
  • Only SC Inspector with a certified Chimney Sweep on staff
  • One of the First Inspectors to have Supra key access
  • No one offers the complete package – except Pro-Tech Inspections!
  • South Carolina’s Largest and Best Home Inspector.

Duvan Castro, Inspector Manager

Field Operations

SC RBI. 49891

duvan@pro-techinspections.com 864.399.4335

Antimicrobial Remediation Technician • AMRT #63765815

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What is mold?

Mold is a fungus, and like all fungi, it thrives in moist places. Mold spreads by emitting spores, microscopic particles often as small as a single cell. Spores float around in the air until they land on a surface. Mold spores are everywhere, outdoors and already inside your home. It is virtually impossible to remove all mold spores from a house without installing an extensive industrial filtration system.

Luckily, mold spores only form mold when they land on a moist surface. That means that if you can keep the interior of your home at normal humidity levels you can likely avoid mold problems. The best way to prevent mold in your home is to clean up spills, repair leaks in your roof, plumbing or HVAC system and make sure your kitchen and bathroom are properly venting moisture out of the home.

There are two major reasons to clean up and remove any mold growing in your home: mold damages the surface it is growing on and may aggravate allergies or asthma.

Mold Inspection vs. Indoor Air Quality Testing

If you are researching mold, you might come across different services and costs that list both mold inspection and indoor air quality testing. Mold inspection simply identifies the presence of mold spores, the likely culprit, and includes indoor air quality and/or tape samples and swabs.

Indoor Air Quality can identify what specific type of spores are in your home and how many spores are in the air. However keep in mind the following:

 

  1. The carefully controlled conditions required to conduct a proper scientific test of mold are extremely difficult to achieve in a home, so results will often vary from test to test, regardless of remediation efforts.
  2. Second, all indoor spaces have mold spores that drift in from outdoors, so mold tests will generally provide a long list of species, most of which are not actually growing in your home.
  3. Third, the EPA has set no guidelines for an acceptable amount of mold or mold spores in a house. The EPA states that indoor air quality testing is not always useful for this reason, and instead recommends hiring a professional to look for growing fungal colonies.

What happens during a mold inspection?

Mold inspection is, for the most part, a visual inspection of a house. A good flashlight, thermal imaging gun, a moisture meter, and hygrometer needed to conduct the mold inspection and establish the current conditions inside and outside the home.

A typical mold inspection involves the inspector talking to the property owner about any areas where they have seen mold, or where there have been moisture problems or water damage in the past. The inspector will go over the house thoroughly, looking in places known to be prone to mold growth. If there is a chance mold is growing in an inaccessible space, the inspector may have to damage a section of drywall or remove paneling to get a better look. If mold is detected, the inspector will try to find the source of the moisture that is causing the mold and talk to the homeowner.

In some municipalities, mold inspectors must have a license or certification. This not true in South Carolina. However, Pro-Tech Inspections employess an AMRT (Antimicrobial Remediation Technician) who conducts all of our mold inspections. Always look for a contractor with experience in mold inspection and mold remediation.

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