Testing for Mold & Allergens in Your Home

Mold Testing and Allergens in Your Home | Regal Home Inspections Monmouth County NJ

mold testing inspection colts neck njMany parents and house buyers are concerned about their children’s health.  As a 20+ year volunteer EMT I see many people, children and young adults alike that have respiratory problems and moderate or severe allergies.  If you are considering buying a house or if you are a homeowner or if you reside in an apartment, I strongly urge you to get your house or apartment (or house or apartment  you may move into) tested for Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) including MOLD and ALLERGENS.  Here at Regal Home Inspections, LLC our motto is “Buy with confidence and Sell with Pride”.  Testing enables you to buy with confidence.

Regal Home Inspections, LLC is based in Colts Neck NJ and we test homes throughout Monmouth County for Radon, Indoor Air Quality, Mold, Allergens, and Wood Destroying Insects. Our home inspections also facilitate testing of septic systems and oil tanks; tank integrity and soil tests below ground. Contact us today and we can determine the best course of action for your particular needs.

Sample Mold Testing Collection Methods – Swabs, Tape Lifts and Air Samples

Mold can appear in a couple of different ways and therefore we can collect samples using different methodologies. Often times we can see discoloration that give us a high suspicion that it is mold.  Since we can’t definitively determine that a substance is mold we have the capability and tools to collect samples.  Sampling will enable us to send the samples to a lab and have them analyzed.  This analysis may confirm that the surface matter is mold and the testing can help identify the types of mold.  To accomplish this we can take a SWAB or use a tape-lift as it is called.  These samples are sealed and sent for analysis.   

Occasionally there is a smell of mold in the air.  There may not be visual evidence of mold but health issues, respiratory problems or simply prudent, precautionary steps lead you to seek our help collecting air samples.  Regal Home Inspections, LLC is skilled at air sample collection.  When testing for IAQ we use sophisticated equipment to collect air samples.  Air samples are taken from different areas of the home including two (typically) baseline samples from the outdoor environment near the home.

ALLERGENS – For Allergens We will use a vacuum pump and a small canister.  We will collect samples from rugs, corners of the rooms, and other areas.  These areas collect small samples of all the dust particles that have been in the air.  Pet dander, indications of rodent infestation and other unwanted critters and bugs and more.

TESTING & REPORTING

After collecting all the samples they are sealed.  Then they are sent to a NJ State Licensed Lab for analysis.  The lab uses different techniques to analyze all the different samples for mold and allergens.  A report is generated.  The report for Allergens will identify the different types of allergens found.  It does not indicate the quantity.

For Mold, the swab and tape lifts will also quantify the samples; Substance, type, species, etc.

For Mold testing done with air samples the different spores collected are quantified and identified.  Proportions are also provided and it is the proportions that are of particular interest.

Testing can range from $70 for a single, residential swab or tape lift or a single allergen sample to a few hundred dollars for a multi-location air sample test.  All prices INCLUDE the lab analysis and over-the-phone review of the results with Regal Home Inspections, LLC.

To schedule your IAQ consultation please call 908 902 2590 or email Regal Home Inspections, LLC at frank07722@gmail.com.

Inspection Find of the Week

Each week I will attempt to identify an interesting find from a home inspection conducted the week ending on that week’s Saturday.  I am beginning the posts for the week ending January 19, 2019.  Each line below shows the week that the interesting finding is from, what the general topic is and a link to a page or two explaining what the find is and why it might be of interest. If the week’s inspections are standard and nothing of unusual note, a week (or two) may be skipped.

The weeks are generally from Sunday through Saturday so the date shown is for the Saturday ending the week.

January 19. Transite  – Transite2

January 26. Moisture hidden a wall but found with a thermal imaging camera.  Moisture

February 2. The find of the week is a severed joist in the crawl space of a house.    Severed Joist

February 9. The find of the week is Knob and Tube wiring in a 99 year old home.    Knob and Tube

February 16. The find of the week is moisture in the hardwood flood in a house with a slab foundation.  Floor moisture

For February 23. That cow don’t have any down genes. A line from an old, favorite TV show, “Hill Street Blues” A flue pipe from a water heater that expects the hot exhaust from a water heater to move down!  It doesn’t work like that. A deadly combination of problems. It was documented as a, “Material Defect” in accordance with the NJ home inspection standards of practice.   Dangerous Venting

For the week ending March 2, 2019. Dangerous venting Part 2.   Dangerous Venting    Part 2

I skipped the 9th and resume here with my find of the week for the week ending March 16.  Do you detect a theme? Dangerous Venting Part 3

For the week ending March 23, 2019.  A worn roof surface. Worn Roof

Find of the week March 30, 2019. Wrong gauge wire? Mis wired

Find of the week April 6, 2019. When the walls come tumblin’ down.   Walls

Find of the week May 11, 2019.  Carbon monoxide can kill! Heat Exchange

Find of the week May 18, 2019. Notched beam. Notched beam

Find of the week May 25, 2019. Horizontal crack in the foundation. Horizontal crack

Find of the week June 1, 2019. Multiple gas leaks. Gas leaks

Find of the week June 8, 2019. Unsupported beam splice. Unsupported beam splice

Find of the week June 15, 2019. Asbestos flooring. Asbestos Flooring

Find of the week June 22, 2019. Electricity and water don’t mix. Electricity and water don’t mix

Find of the week for June 28, 2019. Plumbing leaks can lead to microbial growths and mold.   Water and Mold Final

For the week ending July 6.  Dangerous venting part 4 Involving a water heater.   Dangerous Venting Part 4

For the week ending July 13. Let’s make life easy and do the simple (and wrong) fix. Make life easy

For the week ending July 20. More bad venting. Flue reduction

For the week ending July 27. Sagging drain pipes.   Sagging pipes

For the week ending August 3.  Name that substance. Wet wall

For the week ending August 10. Two for One!  Radon & Gas Leak. I couldn’t decide which one was more noteworthy so here are both. Two for one

For the week ending August 17. TERMITES! What is bugging you  ?

For the week ending August 31.   Oil

For the week of September 7. A potential electrical fire. Electrical

For the week of September 14. Incorrect flue configuration.   Incorrect Exhaust Flue

For the week of September 21.  A roof structure (Specifically a truss) was modified. Trusses

For the week of September 28. Again, poor venting of a water heater. Water heater