Mold Inspections

 

Summertime Construction offers complete Mold Inspections performed in accordance with the Mold Inspection Standards of Practice of the International Association of Certified Indoor Air Consultants (www.IAC2.org).

The inspector shall perform:

•    a non-invasive, visual examination of the readily accessible, visible, and installed systems and components of the building, as outlined in the IAC2 Mold Inspection Standards of Practice;
•    moisture, temperature, as well as humidity measurements;
•    at least three air samples (one indoor and two outdoor); and
•    possibly one surface sampling at an area of concern.

The inspector shall report:

•    moisture intrusion;
•    water damage;
•    musty odors;
•    apparent mold growth;
•    conditions conducive to mold growth;
•    the results of a laboratory analysis of all mold samplings taken at the building; as well as
•    any system or component listed in the Standards of Practice that was not visually examined, and the reasons they were not inspected.

Unless the inspector and client agree to a limitation of the inspection, the inspection will be performed on the primary building and parking structure.


A Complete Mold Inspection includes:

•    a visual examination of the entire building, its systems, and components;
•    moisture, temperature and humidity measurements; as well as
•    taking mold samples.

 

Limited Mold Inspection:

The Limited Mold Inspection is performed by an IAC2-certified mold inspector. (Please refer to Section 3 of the IAC2 Mold Inspection Standards of Practice.)

The difference between a Complete Mold Inspection and a Limited Mold Inspection is a limitation of the non-invasive, visual examination of the building. For instance, the Limited Mold Inspection does not include a visual examination of the entire building but is limited to a specific area of the building identified and defined by the inspector.

Prior to the inspection, the inspector and client shall agree to the limitations of the visual examination. As a result, potential sources of mold growth in other areas of the building may not be inspected.

The inspector shall perform:

•    a non-invasive, visual examination of the readily accessible, visible, and installed systems and components of only the specific room or area defined by the inspector and agreed to by the client;
•    at least three air samples (one indoor and two outdoor); as well as
•    possibly one surface sampling at an area of concern.

The inspector shall report:

•    moisture intrusion;
•    water damage;
•    musty odors;
•    apparent mold growth;
•    conditions conducive to mold growth; as well as
•    the results of a laboratory analysis of all mold samplings taken at the building.

The Limited Mold Inspection is a fast and affordable way to confirm the existence of mold and, if possible, determine the type of mold present in a specific, defined area of the building.

An example of a Limited Mold Inspection:
The inspector’s client requests a Limited Mold Inspection to be performed. In fact, the scope is specifically limited to the under-floor crawlspace of the building.  Only the crawlspace will be inspected, including a non-invasive examination of the crawlspace. At least one mold sample will be taken, typically a tape sample, if apparent mold is visible.

A Limited Mold Inspection includes:

•    visual examination limited to a specific, defined area of the building; as well as
•    mold samples.

 

Moisture Intrusion Inspection:

The Home inspection will:

  • identify and describe specific details of building that may cause moisture-related problems;
  • describe the design, construction, and maintenance of houses and buildings that manage moisture effectively;
  • inspect for indications of moisture intrusion;
  • communicate how to prevent moisture intrusion by proper installation of systems and components;
  • understand how energy, moisture, water, as well as vapor moves through a building;
  • recognize evidence of structural damage and previous repair; as well as
  • communicate to clients indications of moisture intrusion.