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Healthy Home Services

The health of your home has a direct influence on the health of your family. Finding the cause of musty smells, stains, both interior and exterior is our niche. Today’s homes are required to be constructed tighter causing any mold growing inside your home to be contained in the air you breathe. It may not be a large area or even visible, but if health is a concern, mold should be a concern.

Mold is a naturally occurring organism, that may or may not affect your health. National standards do not exist because each of us have a different level of immunity to mold. Some people can live in a petri dish and others get ill looking at moldy bread. In our opinion, if there is a sensitivity to mold, no level is acceptable. Locating the source, identifying the cause and understanding how it should be remediated is necessary for a healthy environment. We not only understand water and how it creates a moldy environment, but we also understand how the air inside your home can cause many of those unseen moisture problems. Our goal is to provide your family with a “Healthy Performing Home”.

A healthy home begins with a visual inspection. Air quality measurements are taken to establish a base line for the mold inside the home. If mold is not visibly seen but identified in the samples, we must consider all areas of the home to be the potential source. From attics to basements, HVAC air movement systems to windows and doors, any area could be the culprit. The tighter the home, the greater the challenge to finding the source. We have all the tools and knowledge to find the leaks that are creating the mold.

Tight healthy homes must be “balanced” and energy efficient. All components need to function together to provide proper fresh air ventilation, energy recovery and air circulation so each room is comfortable and healthy. If out of “balance”, dollars are wasted, and health issues can be created.

Our inspection services used to create the “Healthy Performing Home” are:

  • Moisture Testing and Analysis
  • Window and Door Leakage Assessment
  • Mold Testing and Locating
  • Healthy Performing Homes
  • Air Movement and Conditioning Analysis
  • Ice Dam Causes
  • Blower Door Code Compliance
  • Energy Loss Analysis
  • Ductwork Code Compliance

Commonly Asked Questions

Mold is everywhere and can be found anywhere moisture can accumulate. It could be in the basement, behind wallpaper, under sinks, below refrigerators, bathrooms, attics, you name it. Identifying the condition that is allowing mold growth maybe as simple as fixing a plumbing leak or balancing the air movement system.
Companies that do water cleanup do just that, remove and dry the wet areas. They do not usually deal with mold specifically other than removing wet material. Often, the insurance company dictates and the limits their scope of repairs. If an event occurs, it is HIGHLY recommended that a moisture specialist be hired to be your advocate to show just how extensive the water damage really is.
The stain may or may not be a mold. If it’s on the ceiling, the backside of the sheetrock will probably be where the mold is growing. A painted ceiling tends to inhibit mold growth and slows drying ability. Mold will usually be found on the backside of the sheetrock where the food source and dark warm humid conditions exit.
Maybe or maybe not. We believe any mold growth inside a home should be treated as a bad mold until proven otherwise. Black mold is one of many colors of mold that should be considered potentially harmful. If you can see mold, identify the moisture source, stop the water and cleanup the mold, in that order.
Yes. Your house is leaking air into the attic that is causing condensation to occur on the wood roof deck. Either your attic is not balanced and venting properly or is inadequately insulated. That condensation also means there is possible mold issues inside the walls of the home, both interior and exterior.
Air quality testing is a snapshot comparing the mold spores collected from inside the home to what’s in the air outside the home. Differences in the species and the numbers of spores will show what mold is possibly growing inside the home. A petri dish collects spores over a long period of time that happen to fall into the dish. They do not distinguish between what came in when the exterior door was opened or what is really growing in the home. They are a good at providing false indistinguishable results.
It’s a question that cannot be easily answered without knowing the extent of the mold. There are many online websites detailing how to clean moldy areas. The most important concern is containment of the mold during cleanup and fixing the cause of the mold. It doesn’t do any good to clean up the mold if you don’t fix the cause. It’ll just come back.
Since mold requires moisture to grow and survive, we focus on determining if the walls cavities are dry by probing and measuring the moisture levels. If the walls are wet, we source the cause of the moisture and recommend repairs based on the findings and moisture extent. Air quality testing can also be done inside a wall cavity. It is more invasive than probing and can be “overloaded”, not readable, because of the dirt and dust found in a cavity. Probe testing is recommended for the first step.
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