There is so much confusion over environmental testing in today's world. When does testing need to be done? I can smell mold, but can't see it?
Air Quality Testing or Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) is exactly what it sounds like, checking the quality of air within a certain environment. It has become very popular in residential properties for landlord/tenants as well as when selling/buying a property.
Air Testing is used to identify any contaminates within the air such as carbon dioxide, toxic vapours, dust /fungi and ozone. The most common one of these is mold. The reason air testing for mold is so great is it breaks down not only the type of mold/dust particles, but their individual spore levels and its type of reactions (Allergic or Toxic), which is most important.
When an air test is being performed, there are a minimum of two samples being taken. One taken from the area of concern and one taken from outside or in the controlled environment. If there are several rooms or areas of concern, than multiple samples will be taken. Once the samples are taken, they will be sent to a lab where they will then analyze. Once the results are done, you will receive a report that breaks down the types of mold found along with the mold spore levels. If the levels of spores are higher than what is in the control then there is an issue. The report will give you a score of not elevated, moderate, or elevated. Then a course of action and scope of remedial work can be determined.
Asbestos is most commonly found in building materials that were produced prior to the late 1980's. Today, asbestos is not as commonly used in Canada since prolonged exposure to asbestos has proved to be health hazard. When the asbestos fibers are released into the air anyone breathing the air is at risk.
Asbestos exposure has been linked to lung scaring, cancer, mesothelioma and Asbestosis.
Asbestos is a natural mineral which was commonly used in homes, buildings and schools for various uses such as insulation; in attics, around pipes, ducts/HVAC systems, behind walls, in basements and also in ceiling tiles, plaster ceilings, plaster applied to wood lath, ceramic/vinyl floor tiles and roof shingles etc. Asbestos can be found in many different forms throughout Canada.
Give us a call for all your environmental testing needs. We will evaluate your home for Mold or Asbestos and help you make it as safe as possible.
The inspection of the Building or Property by AllMax Home & Property Inspections is subject to the terms, conditions and limitations stated below.
The report is intended only as a general guide to help the client make their own evaluation of the overall condition of the home, based on their own personal preferences and expectations. It is not intended to reflect the value of the premises, nor make any representation as to the advisability of purchase. The report expresses the personal opinions of the inspector, based upon his visual impressions of the conditions that existed at the time of the inspection only. The inspection and report are not intended to be technically exhaustive, or to imply that every component was inspected, or that every possible defect was discovered. The fee charged for this general inspection is less than that of a technically exhaustive inspection, which would involve a number of specialists, a longer inspection time and a significant increase in the cost of the inspection. If the client requires AllMax Home and Property to proceed with a more comprehensive inspection, the client would be required to pay additional fees for those services with the appropriate specialists, independently of this agreement. In order to prevent potential property damage on the premises and personal injury to the inspector, the inspection will not turn power and gas or on/off, disassemble equipment, move furniture, appliances and stored items, excavate the grounds, or board roof surfaces. Excluded from the report are all components and conditions which by the nature of their location are concealed, such as behind walls, camouflaged or difficult to inspect. Some problems can only be discovered by living in a house and cannot be detected during a few hours of a home inspection. A roof, foundation or shower enclosure leak, for example, may only occur during specific conditions (water running for at least 5 minutes, wind driven/heavy rain, etc.). For these reasons, the client or their representative must obtain prior to completing the purchase agreement, a legal disclosure from the vendor regarding their knowledge of any history of leakage or major structural and electrical modifications during or prior to their possession of the inspected property. Confirmation of environmental hazards is beyond the expertise and scope of a professional home inspection. Some of these conditions include, but are not limited to: formaldehyde, lead paint, asbestos, toxic or flammable materials, soil contamination, mould or mildew, and underground fuel oil storage tanks. If, while inspecting the home, a condition is observed which is suspected to be an environmental hazard, we will make every effort to bring this to your attention as a courtesy to you. We therefore will not accept responsibility or liability for any environmental hazards or issues that are discovered after the inspection, whether they are concealed or in plain view. If your inspector identifies any concerns or if you have any concerns yourself about potential environmental hazards, it is your responsibility to engage the services of a qualified environmental specialist to provide a full environmental of the house and property before proceeding with the purchase of the home. Other systems and conditions which are not within the scope of the building inspection include, but are not limited to: pest infestation, playground equipment, efficiency measurement of insulation or heating and cooling equipment;internal or underground drainage or plumbing, water treatment systems, swimming pools, hot tubs, septic systems, sprinkler systems and any systems which are shut down or otherwise secured; water well quality, quantity or zoning ordinances; intercoms and security systems; heat sensors; or cosmetics. Any general comments about these systems and conditions are informational only and do not represent an inspection.
Testing of household appliances are not within the standards of practice of a home inspection.