INFRARED THERMAL IMAGING SURVEY
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GTA MOLD INSPECTION
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Do you think you’re suffering from mould? Or do you think your colleagues, family members, guests, or visitors are suffering from an outbreak of mold in your home or office space? We have a true twenty-first-century solution for you: Infrared mould inspections. Inch by Inch Healthy Homes is a mould inspection, remediation company servicing proudly serving the Greater Toronto area that performs state-of-the-art, wonderfully accurate infrared mould inspections.
At Inch by Inch Healthy Homes, we provide varying types of infrared thermal imaging services for residential properties in and around the Toronto areas. Infrared thermal imaging is a non-intrusive and non-disruptive inspection technique for both residential and commercial properties which provide instant results. Through infrared thermal imaging, inspectors can immediately identify residential related problems such as electrical issues, heat loss from walls, moisture leaks, and substandard quality of construction among others. Our infrared thermal imaging inspection technique significantly enables our home inspectors to detect early signs of issues and/or other problems which are otherwise cannot be identified with only the naked eyes.
With Inch by Inch Healthy Homes, you get a thorough search for the origins of mould without invasive procedures like opening up walls, ripping up carpets, lifting tiles, or taking up floor boards. Infrared mould inspections involve a search using high end thermal technology, which can help pinpoint mould that is hidden behind surfaces. Talk about the positive uses of technology! We have a team of certified inspectors in Toronto who are well-trained and knowledgeable on thermodynamics and material properties. Hence, whether you want to check the structural integrity of your home in preparation for its resale or you notice moisture seepage yet you don’t know where it comes from, our inspectors can address these needs in no time using our basic and/or advanced infrared thermal imaging services in Toronto.
At Inch by Inch Healthy Homes, we take pride in the effectiveness and accuracy of our infrared mould inspections. Let us pinpoint your mould problem so that you can start mould remediation ASAP. If you want to know more about how thermography works for your residential property in Toronto and all of GTA, contact us now.
Can I have a mold problem if my house is only two years old?
Actually, given the proper conditions, mold colonies can appear within twenty-four to forty-eight hours. There have also been incidents where wood building products were contaminated with mold prior to being fastened in place at the home construction site.
Why can’t I proceed directly to the remediation of the mold?
You can, but we recommend a mold inspection that includes moisture measurements of floors, walls, and ceilings. Any materials with a high moisture content can indicate hidden mold growth. Comparison of air and mold samples can also indicate hidden mold, as well as reveal what kind of mold you are dealing with. We will be happy to discuss different mold inspection options that best fit your needs and budget.
Should a mold inspection be included in the list of pre-purchase property inspections?
A mold inspection can provide invaluable information about any structural investment you are considering purchasing. Home inspectors sometimes report mold when it is visible, but they typically do not have the aid of specialized equipment that reveals hidden problems (please see the following answer). And, through air sampling, the Certified Mold Inspector can alert you if there is a mold-related indoor air quality problem.
What are some of the features of the mold inspection?
A Certified Mold Inspector will conduct an indoor environmental visual examination (survey) that is enhanced by state-of-the-art devices. Some of these devices measure structural moisture (moist conditions encourage mold growth), air particulates (high particulate counts can be identified with an air sampling device), and thermal variations (cool areas may have a high moisture content). The enhanced examination thus helps pinpoint otherwise invisible moisture intrusion areas where hidden mold may exist (example: inside walls). Mold testing is also offered by the Certified Mold Inspector and samples are collected by following scientific protocols (there is more on mold testing in the following answers). You also receive a written report with recommendations for your specific situation.
How can I benefit from mold testing?
Mold sampling (and testing) will supply answers to questions like: Are mold spore counts higher in my indoor air than naturally occurring mold spore counts outside? What kind of mold (genus) is growing in my home? Is the discoloration, found on the floor (or attic) joists, mold? Sample analyses can also assist your healthcare professional in identifying medical problems that could be related to mold. And, should legal action become necessary, “chain of custody” protected samples would be essential for providing evidence of mold contamination.
What standards exist for evaluating indoor airborne mold quantities?
Indoor mold spore counts should be similar to those of the outdoor air in your immediate vicinity. This axiom is supported by scientific principles and approved by recognized authorities of air quality. These authorities include, but are not limited to, the American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists; the New York City Department of Health & Mental Hygiene, Environmental & Occupational Disease Epidemiology.
How do I know if the mold in my house is toxic to my family and my pets?
It is difficult to be absolutely certain. Most mold sampling analysis does not identify mycotoxins, but it does reveal the mold genus. Genus results are compared to the list of molds that have the potential to produce mycotoxins (a few are listed in the following answer).
What species of toxic molds are commonly found in buildings?
Cladosporium, Aspergillus, Penicillium, and Alternaria–all considered toxic.
Stachybotrys, Fusarium, and Trichoderma (also considered toxic), produce mycotoxins that are easily absorbed into skin, intestinal lining, airways, and lungs. Other toxic molds include Coccidioides, Blastomyces, Histoplasma, and Memnoniella.
How long will it take to receive testing results?
Collected samples will be promptly sent to an accredited microbiology laboratory for analysis. Normal turn around time for lab results is two to three days.
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