Northbank Home Inspection offers certified mold testing, mold inspection, and mold sampling for Vancouver WA and SW Washington area. Mold testing is coupled with licensed, certified, and independent lab analysis. Air samples are overnight shipped to the lab and can be available within 24 hours of receipt.
What to expect from a mold testing, inspection, sampling from Northbank:
Certified mold inspection, mold testing, and mold sampling by Northbank Home Inspection is designed to help you make decisions about a house by assessing potential health hazards and damage caused by the presence of mold. Our certified Vancouver WA mold inspections include not only air quality testing and swab sampling, but a thorough examination of the home looking for any signs of water damage, water intrusion, ventilation problems, or any other conditions that could create a conducive environment for mold to grow. If you’re concerned about mold because you or someone in your family has sensitivities to it, a Northbank mold testing and inspection can help independently confirm its presence and give you verifiable information to make remediation decisions. The lab analysis includes identification of genus or group of all fungi present, quantification of spores, and a general assessment of background debris found in the air of a home or in a particular area. We offer this service with a home inspection or as a stand-alone inspection.
Where you find mold, you’ll find water. And in the Vancouver, WA area, it can be hard to find a dry time during most the year, making mold a concern for many households. While some molds are visible and may have an odor; they can also be odorless and hide from the untrained eye. Mold does best in water-soaked materials (paneling, wallboard, carpet, paint, ceiling tiles, and the like), but can survive in almost any damp location. Usually, you can easily find mold in bathrooms, kitchens, and basements when water intrusion or leakage is a common issue. However, mold can grow in less accessible spots such as, between walls and under floors or ceilings, and eventually lead to more serious damage.
And while mold is a nuisance, it can often be easily cleaned up and the problem can be solved with simple ventilation solutions.
Mold is everywhere, and despite the hype, the majority of it is not dangerous to health. That said, people have different sensitivities and health concerns to consider, such as the young and elderly, people with HIV, or recent transplant recipients that may have weaker immune systems. Some people just have higher sensitivities to mold and may have allergic reactions where others don’t. In general, if you have concerns about the negative health effects of mold, get your home tested, and talk to a health care professional.