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MOLD INSPECTIONS – LOS ANGELES

Here is our standardized guide for a mold inspection. There are 2 kinds of inspections for the presence of mold:

  1. A complete mold inspection
  2. A limited mold inspection

A mold inspection by Absolute Maintenance & Consulting will cover the main building and any attached structure for parking. Unless, of course, there’s a previous agreement that states different coverage. For example, detached structures are not covered and need a separate inspection.

Moreover, mold testing is only suitable for the date when it is performed. It cannot be used to predict future growth of mold. This is because the conditions that promote the growth of mold can change over time. The results of the mold inspection can, therefore, only be used to determine the condition of a property during the actual inspection.

Be aware! Here are a few important things about a mold inspection:

  • It is not a property inspection.
  • It is not an indoor air quality inspection.
  • It is not meant to remove the risk of the presence of mold within a property.
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Complete Mold Inspection

A mold inspector should perform the following:

  • A visual examination of the building and its components
  • Water intrusion inspection
  • Measurement of moisture, humidity, and temperature
  • Mold testing through gathering samples

Then, a mold inspector should submit a report on the following:

  • Water damage and intrusion
  • Musty odors
  • Any mold growth indications
  • All conditions that could promote mold growth
  • Results of a laboratory analysis
  • Components that were not inspected and why

Limited Mold Inspection

A limited mold inspection doesn’t involve a visual inspection of the entire structure. Only limited to specific areas, some water damage, musty odor, and other signs of mold presence may not be detected.

The mold inspector will describe where the mold testing was performed.

The inspector should perform the following:

  • Visual examination of the property’s designated areas
  • Mold testing through gathering samples

The inspector should submit a report on the following:

  • Water damage and intrusion
  • Musty odors
  • Any mold growth indications
  • All conditions that could promote mold growth
  • Results of a laboratory analysis
  • Components that were not inspected and why

Standards of Inspection

ROOF

A mold inspector should inspect from the ground level or eaves the following:

  • The roof’s surface
  • The roof’s drainage system
  • Vents, flashings, skylights, and chimneys

During mold testing, the inspector is not expected to:

  • Walk on the roof’s surface
  • Predict the service length of the roof
  • Perform a water test

GROUNDS AND EXTERIOR

A mold inspector should inspect the following:

  • The trim and cladding
  • Doors, windows, and exterior building parts
  • The building’s surroundings
  • Covering materials

During mold testing, the inspector is not expected to:

  • Inspect the underground drainage
  • Inspect the window well
  • Inspect anything not related to mold growth

STRUCTURE, BASEMENT, AND FOUNDATION

A mold inspector should inspect the following:

  • Foundation, basement, crawlspace, and ventilation
  • Mold presence

During mold testing, the inspector is not expected to:

  • Operate pumps
  • Inspect for structural damage not related to the presence of mold

PLUMBING

A mold inspector should inspect the following:

  • Visible main water lines and water supply lines
  • Visible drain, waste, and vent pipes
  • Your hot water source
  • Any fixtures

During an inspection, the inspector is not expected to:

  • Test your showers and tubs
  • Test whirlpool tubs, saunas, steam rooms, or hot tubs
  • Inspect for plumbing defects unrelated to mold and moisture presence

ATTIC, INSULATION, AND VENTILATION

A mold inspector should inspect the following:

  • Insulation and ventilation of attic spaces.
  • Framing and sheathing

During an inspection, the inspector is not expected to:

  • To move any insulation
  • Inspect for vapor retarders
  • Break or damage the surface finish

INTERIOR

A mold inspector should inspect the following:

  • Walls, ceilings, floors, windows, and doors
  • The ventilation.
  • Whole-house ventilation fans

During an inspection, the inspector is not expected to:

  • Inspect for defects unrelated to mold growth or moisture intrusion

TEMPERATURE, MOISTURE, HUMIDITY

A mold inspector should inspect the following:

  • Any room or area of the building that has moisture intrusion, water damage, and moldy
  • The humidity of any room or area of the building
  • The temperature of any room or area of the building

These standards serve as a guide for your mold inspection. A mold inspector should be held to these expectations. And, of course, if there’s no prior agreement limiting the scope of mold investigation, it should be performed on the main building and attached structures.

Again, it is essential to keep in mind that mold and water intrusion inspection Los Angeles is only valid on the day that it is performed and cannot be used to predict future mold growth or presence.

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