Environmental inspections

Mold inspections • Lead inspections • Asbestos inspections

mold, lead, and asbestos inspections

Environmental Inspections

Mold, Lead, and Asbestos Inspections

We offer Environmental Inspections for Homes, Condos, and Commercial properties that can help you get to the bottom of any ongoing issues or just for peace of mind. Environmental Inspections are: Mold Inspections, Lead Inspections, or Asbestos Inspections. 

The age of the housing stock in the San Francisco Bay Area varies greatly. Homes built during different periods of the last 140 years may contain lead paint, asbestos wrapping around ventilation ducts or in the walls or floors. Additionally, mold is common issue in the Bay Area and we can help you diagnose the severity of an issue and refer you to companies to help you with the abatement process.

Our environmental inspections are diagnostic. We take either physical samples or air samples and submit them to a California accredited laboratory for analysis. We then turn those results into a report that helps guide you towards next steps. 

We also provide peace-of-mind environmental inspections for those home owners or new home buyers that just want to know what’s present in the house that they own. This inspection will be a combination of all of the types of inspections we offer with a comprehensive report on our findings. This type of inspection can be useful to those planning a family and wanting to make sure that their home is safe. 

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Why Get an Environmental Inspection?

There are many reasons why you should get an environmental inspection but by far the most important are for your health and those around you. If you are having respiratory issues or rashes that could be an indication that you may want to have a certified inspector come out to inspect for environmental allergens.

Additionally, in most municipalities in the Bay Area, persons wanting to do major renovations to their home can be required to get certain environmental tests performed prior to the issuance of their building permits. This is done for many reasons, but one important one is that irresponsible demolition of the property can release fibers into the air possibly affecting the health of others in the neighborhood. The goal is not to be punitive but to protect the health of you, your loved ones, and those living around you.  

Environmental Inspections can be expensive because each sample taken has a cost component which is passed through to the labs as analysis fees which is in addition to the base inspection fee. For that reason, we try to work with you to get an accurate scope based on the issues that are occurring in your property. 

Mold

Mold is a common organic growth that occurs naturally when the right conditions are present. All molds are considered to be allergens but some are more dangerous than others.

If a home has deferred maintenance, specifically with the roof and/or siding, moisture can build up and mold or other organic growths can develop. Most of the time, people suspect they may have a mold issue if there is a persistent issue with dampness or moisture intrusion and they air begins to smell differently. Other times, mold can be plainly observed, and then the question is: What kind of mold is it? Is it dangerous?, and How do we get rid of it?

If you are having any issues or suspect there may be an issue we would recommend getting a mold inspection to help provide more detail. Mold Inspections can be done by taking physical samples of any visible mold or by taking air samples to assess the level of spores in the air inside the home.

Lead-Based Paint

Structures built before 1978 may contain lead-based paint. Caution should be taken in areas where the paint is peeling, and when sanding or scraping any painted surface, especially when children are present. If in doubt, we recommend getting a lead inspection to see if lead-based paint is present in areas where children may be. Lead Inspections are normally a combination of taking paint chip samples and dust wipes in high traffic areas.

Asbestos

Older structures from the 1930-1980s may contain asbestos. Asbestos is usually found in a pipe wrap, insulation hot water tanks, ductwork, ceiling tiles, floor tiles, joint compound, and some textured wall and ceiling coatings. The mere existence of asbestos does not pose a health threat. It only becomes a hazard if airborne fibers are released. The only way to know if a material contains asbestos is to get an asbestos inspection and have the samples analyzed by professional lab analysis. Asbestos Inspections are performed by taking physical samples and/or air testing.

Have questions or need a quote?

Talk to one of our knowledgeable staff members to get answers to your questions about the home inspection that you need. 

Environmental Inspections: Mold, Lead, Asbestos
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Environmental Inspection Options

Mold Inspections

Base Inspection Fee $425
Additional Fee for Each Sample Taken

Our mold inspections can be performed in several ways. If you have visible mold, we can take physical samples. If you’re concerned about indoor air quality, we can take air samples to analyze the spore count and identity the types of mold you may have. 

Our mold inspections can be tailored to your specific needs so get in touch and let us know how we can help you. 

Lead Inspections

Base Inspection Fee $425
Additional Fee for Each Sample Taken

We provide several types of lead inspections: paint chip samples, dust wipes, water samples, and soil samples. Lead inspections can be useful to determine if there are invisible safety hazards in your home. 

We recommend calling us so that we can help you determine the right mix of samplings to fit your needs. 

Asbestos Inspections

Base Inspection Fee $425
Additional Fee for Each Sample Taken

Our Asbestos Inspections are done by either sampling physical materials or taking air samples. Asbestos Inspections can be a useful step to protecting your pulmonary health. We recommend getting asbestos inspections before any major renovations of an older home in the Bay Area. 

Contact us so we can help determine the right scope for your Abestos Inspection needs.  

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