Mold Inspection and Testing Birmingham AL
MOLD TESTING AND MOISTURE INSPECTION IN THE BIRMINGHAM AL AREA
We offer moisture inspections and mold testing with a background of over 28 years in the Birmingham and central Alabama area. Mold Inspection and Testing Birmingham AL is something we have great expierence with. Our experience includes residential moisture and mold testing as well as commercial and new construction. We have performed moisture inspection on the oldest brick structures in Birmingham and regularly look at new structures for local builders. We are not contractors and do not offer repairs -just third party non-baised opinions. Call us to discuss you specific inspection need in moisture and mold inspections.
CALL US FOR MORE INFORMATION OR TO SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT 205-871-1007.
Mold in the Home
The first thing to understand about mold is that there is a little mold everywhere – indoors and outdoors. It’s in the air and can be found on plants, foods, dry leaves, and other organic materials.
It’s very common to find molds in homes and buildings. After all, molds grow naturally indoors. And mold spores enter the home through doorways, windows, and heating and air conditioning systems. Spores also enter the home on animals, clothing, shoes, bags and people.
When mold spores drop where there is excessive moisture in your home, they will grow. Common problem sites include humidifiers, leaky roofs and pipes, overflowing sinks, bath tubs and plant pots, steam from cooking, wet clothes drying indoors, dryers exhausting indoors, or where there has been flooding.
Many of the building materials for homes provide suitable nutrients for mold, helping it to grow. Such materials include paper and paper products, cardboard, ceiling tiles, wood and wood products, dust, paints, wallpaper, insulation materials, drywall, carpet, fabric, and upholstery.
The importance of mold in the real estate market today
Much has been made of indoor mold in advertising and the media lately, so it’s a common concern for homeowners and buyers. It’s common to find mold even in new homes. Whether you’re selling your current home or looking into buying one, it’s vital to get a mold inspection. Presence of active mold can drastically affect the resale value of any home.
For homeowners, a mold inspection will either put your mind at rest or make you aware of any problems that could otherwise cause delays or deal breakers once you’ve entered negotiations with a buyer. A professional mold inspection will give you a signed report from an expert before you put the home up for sale. Imagine being able to show a “clean bill of health” to potential buyers that express concerns – they’ll be impressed by your thoroughness and commitment to your home.
For buyers, getting a mold inspection will ensure that you’re not surprised by costly clean up and the potential health hazards of mold. If any mold is found to be present and active in the home, the mold inspection will allow you to ask the seller to do the clean up prior to buying the home.
Exposure to mold
Everyone is exposed to some amount of mold on a daily basis, most without any apparent reaction. Generally mold spores can cause problems when they are present in large numbers and a person inhales large quantities of them. This occurs primarily when there is active mold growth.
For some people, a small exposure to mold spores can trigger an asthma attack or lead to other health problems. For others, symptoms may only occur when exposure levels are much higher.
The health effects of mold can vary. The production of allergens or irritants can cause mild allergic reactions and asthma attacks. The production of potentially toxic mycotoxins can cause more severe reactions, and in rare cases death.
Should I be concerned about mold in my home?
If indoor mold is extensive, those in your home can be exposed to very high and persistent airborne mold spores. It is possible to become sensitized to these mold spores and develop allergies or other health concerns.
According to the Centers for Disease Control*, “It is not necessary, however, to determine what type of mold you may have. All molds should be treated the same with respect to potential health risks and removal.”
Can my home be tested for mold?
Yes. We offer thorough mold inspections that involve visual examinations of the most likely areas to harbor mold. We also take air samples indoors and out to determine whether the number of spores inside your home is significantly higher. If the indoor level is higher, it could mean that mold is growing inside your home. We can swab sample evident mold areas directly.
Mold Sampling Swab $125.00 per sample
Indoor Air Quality for Mold Sample $250.00 per 2 (MINIMUM REQUIRED)
Home inspections are not mold or environmental inspections however we have been offering mold testing as an extra available service for our customers for many years. The standardized general air sampling has proven helpful at times but also not consistently accurate results. We have had instances of identified and evident mold accumulations with no or low mold lab results. If the mold is present but not airborne at the time of the test then the test might not detect the presence. If mold is a focus of yours for some particular reason then we recommend going directly to a mold contractor or industrial hygienist.
The mold swab testing we offer may help identify a specific type of mold if noted in an inspection but typically most customers just clean the area identified or have it re-mediated by a mold contractor if a larger area. If a concern of mold arises by a customer during a home inspection then we offer these possible tests as a customer convenience at the above prices. Click Here for the EPA’s mold website for more details on mold.
How much is a home inspection in Birmingham AL?
Prices for home inpsections can vary widely. It depends on a number of factors such as size of the house, age and foundation type to start with. Certainly other pricing factors can come into play as well. With that being said for a normal starter house property the typical range we see and hear about is 350 to 650. This fee can quickly go up as you add crawlspaces and age or size to a house. It can also go up if you add additional services such as Mold testing or radon testing or EIFS inspections.
Do home inspectors have to be licensed in Alabama?
Yes. Home inspectors in the state of Alabama are licensed through the state of Alabama Division of Construction Management. To get a home inspector license in the state of Alabama you have to study and pass a national text called the National Home Inspectors Exam. You have to pass an ethics exam as well. You also have to do at least 35 ‘walk around’ style inspections. You must also have at least 120 hours of qualifying education hours as certified by the state of Alabama. You must also do a number of practice reports that get signed off on by a qualified inspector.
Who governs home inspectors in Alabama?
Home Inspectors are governed by a third party in the state of Alabama. The State of Alabama Department of Finance Division of Construction Management. There is no home inspector board, there is a however a state of Alabama Home Inspector Advisory Committee which functions like a board in some ways.