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April 23 - Puyallup, Washington
Mold Inspection

Looking for a quote on Mold inspection. We cannot find any visible mold, however, there is a definite musty odor and I have mold allergies and have a hard time being in the home for long periods of time. Right now we are just looking for a cost for inspection. Thank you.


April 7 - Puyallup, Washington
Mold Inspection

Air quality inspection and mold testing. Live in Puyallup, WA. We purchased a short sale home with visible water damage (roof, window leak, and faucet leak) 4 years ago. Over the last year we have started to experience itching sensations, nose bleeds, among other issues. We have a forced air furnace and a questioning the current health of our home. Please respond as soon as possible with local Puyallup, trusted, mold/air quality inspectors. Thank you.


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Environix - Tacoma

2367 Tacoma Avenue South
#C110
Tacoma, WA 98402

Environix Certified Provider

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We are Tacoma's premier indoor environmental services firm; specializing in mold inspection, remediation, lead, asbestos and any other indoor air quality problems.  Check out dedicated site for our lead testing here.

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4022 Meridian Ave E
Puyallup, WA 98371

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8518 20th St E
Puyallup, WA 98371

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Puyallup, WA 98374

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PO Box 73905
Puyallup, WA 98373

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11012 Canyon Rd E # 8
Puyallup, WA 98373

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Puyallup, WA 98372

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Puyallup, WA 98372

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Puyallup, WA 98375

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PO Box 731347
Puyallup, WA 98373

Example Inspection Report for Mold in Puyallup, WA

Date of Inspection: April 18th, 2011

Living Room

  • RH: 46%  Temp: 69 deg F.  CO2 = 690 ppm   CO = 0 ppm
  • Walls and ceiling were scanned using a thermal imaging, infrared camera to determine any areas of temperature differential which would indicate moisture intrusion, missing insulation and/or other structural defects.  No areas of concern were noted.
  • No areas with elevated moisture levels were noted around windows doors or along any corners of the room(s).

Recommendations

  • None

Kitchen

  • RH: 45%  Temp: 69 deg F.  CO2 = 739 ppm   CO = 0 ppm
  • No areas with elevated moisture levels were found around appliances, plumbing fixtures, supply or drain lines.
  • Minor area of water damage noted under kitchen sink where a previously leaking supply fitting was discovered.  Water damaged area did not exhibit any elevated moisture levels nor was any visible mold growth discovered.
  • Drywall was slightly damaged due to water exposure.  No further concerns exist in this area.
  • Ventilation fan over stove functions well and vents directly to the exterior.

Recommendations

  • None.
  • Client may wish to perform a small drywall patch over the area where water damage was noted under kitchen sink. 

Family Room

  • RH: 45%  Temp: 69 deg F.  CO2 = 741 ppm   CO = 0 ppm
  • Walls and ceiling were scanned using a thermal imaging, infrared camera to determine any areas of temperature differential which would indicate moisture intrusion, missing insulation and/or other structural defects.
  • No areas of concern were noted.

Recommendations

  • None

Hall Bath

  • RH: 42%  Temp: 70 deg F.  CO2 = 700 ppm   CO = 0 ppm
  • No areas with elevated moisture levels were found around plumbing fixtures, supply or drain lines.
  • Client noted a previous window leak had caused some damage to the exterior wall.  Repairs had since been made and no futher problems existed at the time of inspection.
  • Ventilation fan in bathroom was present but was noisy and inefficient at removing relative humidity from the room.

Recommendations

  • None.

Master Bath

  • RH: 44%  Temp: 70 deg F.  CO2 = 741 ppm   CO = 0 ppm
  • No areas with elevated moisture levels were found around plumbing fixtures, supply or drain lines.
  • Ventilation fan was present and appeared to be functioning well.  Grill over the fan was extremely dirty and may be affecting the fan's ability to move air effectively.

Recommendations

  • Recommend cleaning fan grill, motor and fan blades.  Ensure power to fan is disconnected prior to cleaning.

Upstairs Hall Bath

  • RH: 44%  Temp: 70 deg F.  CO2 = 691 ppm   CO = 0 ppm
  • Ventilation fan in bathroom was present but was noisy and inefficient at removing relative humidity from the room.
  • No areas of elevated moisture levels or visible mold growth were noted around plumbing fixtures, supply or drain lines.

Recommendations

  • Recommend installing a Panasonic Whisper Green® ventilation fan in bathroom to assist in evacuating the relative humidity from inside the building.  Whisper Green ventilation fans operate consistently at a low volume (30 cfm) and automatically ramp up to a higher volume (80 cfm) when a motion sensor is activated. An integrated timer will maintain the higher volume for a set period of time and then return the fan to the lower operating level until activated again.

Laundry

  • RH: 45%  Temp: 70 deg F.  CO2 = 741 ppm   CO = 0 ppm
  • Dryer vent duct appeared to be excessively long and appeared damaged at the connection to the wall.
  • Ventilation fan in bathroom was present but was noisy and inefficient at removing relative humidity from the room.

Recommendations

  • Recommend installing a Panasonic Whisper Green® ventilation fan in bathroom to assist in evacuating the relative humidity from inside the building.  Whisper Green ventilation fans operate consistently at a low volume (30 cfm) and automatically ramp up to a higher volume (80 cfm) when a motion sensor is activated. An integrated timer will maintain the higher volume for a set period of time and then return the fan to the lower operating level until activated again.
  • Recommend replacing dryer vent with a shorter length and ensure both ends are appropriately connected.

Attic

  • Contents present at entrance to attic space.
  • Mild to moderate amounts of mold growth noted on a significant portion of the attic sheathing.
  • Soffit vents over the vaulted ceiling (living room) are blocked and do not provide adequate ventiltion to the attic space.
  • Some baffles are filled with insulation.
  • Moisture content levels of attic sheathing are below 20% at the time of inspection. 

Recommendations

  • Recommend installing additional venting at the edge of the attic where the living room vaulted ceiling meets the open attic space.
  • Recommend a two-stage chemical remediation to the attic sheathing to kill the existing mold growth and encapsulate the surface

Crawlspace

  • Sump pump is present in crawlspace and appears to be functioning.
  • Sump pump is not installed deep enough into the ground to be providing effective moisture control in the crawlspace.
  • Standing water was present throughout the crawlspace.
  • HVAC trunk line is damaged and is sitting in standing water.  This can potentially affect the indoor air quality of the home and should be addressed immediately. 
  • Evidence of rodent activity was present throughout crawlspace.  Droppings were found in most locations and chew holes were found in the vapor barrier in several locations.
  • Insulation appeared to be in good condition throughout.
  • Good ventilation was present in crawlspace.

Recommendations

  • Recommend having a qualified HVAC service remove and replace all damaged HVAC ducting in crawlspace.   Environix recommends the use of straight walled metal ducting to for duribility and maximum efficiency.
  • Recommend digging an appropriately sized sump basin for the sump pump.  Environix recommends the basin be at least 24 inches deep to catch the moisture prior to it reaching the surface.
  • Recommend having a pest control company inspect and perform all needed exclusion work.
  • Recommend removing and replacing all vapor barrier once all moisture and rodent issues have been resolved.
  • Please contact Environix for a quote on a full crawlspace cleanup once moisture and rodent issues have been resolved.

Example Inspection Report for Mold in Puyallup, WA

Date of Inspection: April 6th, 2011

Weather

  • Overcast and raining
  • Relative Humidity:  53% @ 54 Deg F  
  • CO2:  396 ppm   CO: 0 ppm

General Information

  • Client was concerned about potential air pollutants due to odors and various allergenic-type health symptoms.

Furnace / HVAC

  • Older, gas fueled furnace. 
  • Minimal air filtration present on unit

Recommendations

  • Recommend getting furnace fully serviced and HVAC ducts cleaned.
  • Recommend upgrading air filtration system to a MERV 8 standard or better.

Kitchen     

  • No areas with elevated moisture levels or visible mold growth noted under or around kitchen sink, dishwasher, plumbing supply or drain lines.
  • Ventilation fan is present over stove but stove appears to not be used any longer. 
  • RH: 53%  Temp: 68 deg F.  CO2 = 681 ppm   CO = 0 ppm

Recommendations

  • It may be suggested to add a small ventilation fan in the kitchen to assist in the removal of excessive relative humidity from the area.
  • Recommend installing a Panasonic Whisper Green® ventilation fan in bathroom to assist in evacuating the relative humidity from inside the building.  Whisper Green ventilation fans operate consistently at a low volume (30 cfm) and automatically ramp up to a higher volume (80 cfm) when a motion sensor is activated. An integrated timer will maintain the higher volume for a set period of time and then return the fan to the lower operating level until activated again.

Conference Room / Back Office

  • Receptionist noted that some recent renovations had been conducted to exterior wall of conference room due to excessive water damage. 
  • Walls and ceiling were scanned using a thermal imaging, infrared camera to determine any areas of temperature differential which would indicate moisture intrusion, missing insulation and/or other structural defects.   No areas of concern were noted at time of inspection.
  • No areas with elevated moisture levels or visible mold growth were noted.
  • RH: 47%  Temp: 67 deg F.  CO2 = 700 ppm   CO = 0 ppm

Recommendations

  • None

Reception / Front Office

  • HVAC ducts were examined to reveal heavy amounts of dust and debris.
  • No areas with elevated moisture levels or visible mold growth noted.
  • Walls and ceiling were scanned using a thermal imaging, infrared camera to determine any areas of temperature differential which would indicate moisture intrusion, missing insulation and/or other structural defects.  No areas of concern were noted.
  • RH: 50%  Temp: 66 deg F.  CO2 = 775 ppm   CO = 0 ppm

Recommendations

  • Recommend having HVAC ducts cleaned out.

Back Office / Server Room

  • Walls and ceiling were scanned using a thermal imaging, infrared camera to determine any areas of temperature differential which would indicate moisture intrusion, missing insulation and/or other structural defects. No areas of concern were noted at the time of inspection.
  • Server room was converted from a bathroom.  Very limited ventilation present.
  • Server room was at 75 deg F. 
  • RH: 43%  Temp: 61 deg F.  CO2 = 770 ppm   CO = 0 ppm

Recommendations

  • Recommend installing a Panasonic Whisper Green® ventilation fan in bathroom/server room to assist in evacuating the excessive heat from this area.  Whisper Green ventilation fans operate consistently at a low volume (30 cfm) and are extremely quiet.  This will help keep the server room and the back office at more comfortable temperatures.

Basement

  • Standing water was present at the bottom of the stairs upon entering basement.
  • An interior footing drain appears to have been installed against the walls of the basement but appears to be failing due to the excessive water pooling present on the floor.
  • Basement was filled with file boxes - most of which were located on elevated shelves or platforms.
  • One stack of boxes had collapsed / fallen over which spilled the contents onto the floor and may have been affected by the water on the floor.
  • A sump pump was present in a back corner and was operating consistently throughout the inspection. 
  • Sump pump would activate for six seconds with a 12 second interval in between.
  • A constant flow of water was heard falling into the sump basin. 
  • Hot water tank appears to be leaking out of the bottom.  Insulated blanket prevented a full inspection of the hot water tank.
  • Back room was unlocked to allow for inspection.  Steel shelving on right side of room (upon entering) revealed water damaged MDF shelves at bottom. 
  • Mold growth was noted and some file boxes nearest to the floor may be affected by water damage.
  • Locked room was well ventilated. 
  • A significant amount of penetrations were noted in the subfloor above.  These holes can allow excessive amounts of relative humidity and odors enter the upper part of the building.
  • RH: 58%  Temp: 61 deg F.  CO2 = 675 ppm   CO = 0 ppm

Recommendations

  • Recommend cleaning up all overturned file boxes and secure them onto elevated platforms.
  • Recommend having hot water tank inspected and replace if any signs of leaking or corrosion are present.
  • Recommend installing a Panasonic Whisper Green® ventilation fan in basement to assist in evacuating the relative humidity from inside the building.  Whisper Green ventilation fans operate consistently at a low volume (30 cfm) And automatically ramp up to a higher volume (80 cfm) when a motion sensor is activated. An integrated timer will maintain the higher volume for a set period of time and then return the fan to the lower operating level until activated again.
  • Recommend air-sealing all in-floor penetrations to the upstairs.
  • Recommend the removal of all water damaged boxes, documents and shelving that may be present throughout the basement.
  • Recommend having the company who installed the footing drains inspect and make repairs to ensure moisture is prevented from entering the basement.

Upstairs

  • Walls and ceiling were scanned using a thermal imaging, infrared camera to determine any areas of temperature differential which would indicate moisture intrusion, missing insulation and/or other structural defects.  No areas of concern were noted.
  • RH: 49%  Temp: 68 deg F.  CO2 = 727 ppm   CO = 0 ppm

Recommendations

  • None

Exterior

  • South facing wall is quite weathered and siding should be re-caulked and painted.
  • South yard is graded slightly towards the side of the home.  This may be a potential source for the moisture noted inside the basement.
  • West side of building is covered but a downspout  is not properly diverted away from the buildings creating a large puddle of standing water.
  • RH: 53%  Temp: 54 deg F.  CO2 = 396 ppm   CO = 0 ppm

Recommendations

  • Recommend having all downspouts diverted a minimum of 6 ft away from the sides of buildings.
  • Recommend grading all earth away from the sides of the home.
  • Ensure sump pump drain remains clear and free of all debris.