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November 23 - Seattle, Washington
Mold Inspection

Need inspection of attic on a condo I'm planning to buy. Home inspector found possible mold in attic. I would like to have it looked at and get an estimate on how much the work would be to clean out mold, possibly replace insulation, install vents... I'm not entirely sure what all you guys can do. Thanks, Libby


October 6 - Seattle, Washington
Mold Inspection

Attic inspection for mold. In a townhouse in Ballard.


June 1 - Seattle, Washington
Mold Inspection

Mold inspection and removal


May 30 - Seattle, Washington
Mold Inspection

Just moved in to an apartment in Seattle a little over a week ago; there is a smell of mold throughout most of the place. I know that I am allergic to mold, and I started feeling sicker than 'normal summer allergies' within a few hours of moving in. The property manager swears there is no mold in the apartment and that the smell is due to stagnant air. How much would it cost to get a mold/mildew inspection/consultation for a 2 bedroom apartment?


April 30 - Seattle, Washington
Mold Inspection

Mold identified in attic on home inspection for the home we own. Want a remediation bid.


April 22 - Seattle, Washington
Mold Inspection

What is the cost for a mold inspection?


April 16 - Seattle, Washington
Mold Inspection

I contacted environix last week, but never heard anything back. I see mold in my attic, and would like to get it taken care of.


January 2 - Seattle, Washington
Mold Inspection

Check for mold in entry area of home. Notice an odor and there was a leak from the bathroom above there earlier this year. If there is mold, would need repair.


September 16 - Seattle, Washington
Mold Inspection

I just bought the house and during inspection, the report noted about mold haze in the attic. I would like to get a proper mold inspector see if it is a problem and what can be done to fix it. House is in Haller Lake area.


June 25 - Seattle, Washington
Mold Inspection

Mold removal due to basement leak/sewer backup


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12303 8th Ave. NE
Seattle, WA 98125

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Recent Mold Inspection & Remediation Clients Include:

  • US Coast Guard
  • UW Medicine
  • McChord Air Force Base
  • Port of Seattle
  • University of Puget Sound

Historical Air Quality Data for Seattle, Washington

Data type Trend sites 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 All sites active in 2009 2009 using all sites
AQI > 100
PM2.5*
8 17 11 13 5 3 6 6 8 3 8 53 10
AQI > 100† 10 17 12 13 10 4 6 10 9 7 8 120 14
O3 2 .057 .057 .061 .071 .067 .057 .075 .061 .061 .064
PM2.5 4 11.9 10.7 10.5 9.8 10.3 10.3 9.2 8.8 8.5 8.9
* Number of days with Air Quality Index values greater than 100 at trend sites: PM2.5 only
† Number of days with Air Quality Index values greater than 100 at trend sites

Global Ozone

1010 Valley St
Seattle, WA 98109

Washington Native Plant Soc

6310 Ne Ave 74th 215e
Seattle, WA 98115

Hugh T Albrecht

20935 6th Ave S
Seattle, WA 98198

Flashpoint Development Inc

3038 32nd Ave W
Seattle, WA 98199

Eb Management Company

220 W Mercer St Ste 400
Seattle, WA 98119

Holly B Stein

7219 6th Ave NW
Seattle, WA 98117

Sound Resolutions

4523 Corliss Ave N
Seattle, WA 98103

JMN Assoc

14370 Edgewater Ln NE
Seattle, WA 98125

Senergy Technical Services

12527 Roosevelt Way Ne
Seattle, WA 98125

Pacific Hydro Power Dev

3711 E Madison St
Seattle, WA 98112

What laws or regulations cover mold inspection and removal issues in Seattle?

The following is a summary of Washington state and City of Seattle landlord/tenant regulations (last updated 8/15/2011).

  • The landlord must provide tenants with information provided or approved by the Department of Health about the health hazards of indoor mold, including how to control mold growth to minimize health risks, when a new tenant moves in. The landlord may give written information individually to each tenant, or may post it in a visible, public location at the dwelling unit property. The information can be obtained atwww.doh.wa.gov/ehp/ts/IAQ/mold-notification.htm 
  • A tenant must be current in the payment of rent including all utilities to which the tenant has agreed in the rental agreement to pay before exercising any statutory remedies, such as repair options.
  • Required Notice [RCW 59.18.070] When something in the rental unit needs to be repaired, the first step is for the tenant to give written notice of the problem tothe landlord or person who collects the rent. The notice must include the address and apartment number of the rental; the name of the owner, if known;and a description of the problem. After giving notice, the tenant must wait the required time for the landlord to begin making repairs. Those required waiting times are: 24 hours for no hot or cold water, heat or electricity, or for a condition which is imminently hazardous to life; 72 hours for repair of refrigerator, range and oven, or a major plumbing fixture supplied by landlord; 10 days for all other repairs.
  • Tenant’s Options [RCW 59.18.090] If repairs are not started within the required time and if the tenant is paid up in rent and utilities, the following options can be used: 1) Tenant can give written notice to the landlord and move out immediately. Tenants are entitled to a pro-rated refund of their rent, as well as the deposits they would normally get back.  2) Litigation or arbitration can be used to work out the dispute.  3) The tenant can hire someone to make the repairs. In many cases the tenant can have the work done and then deduct the cost from the rent. [RCW 59.18.100] (This procedure cannot be used to force a landlord to provide adequate garbage cans.)
  • Finding -- 2005 c 465: "The legislature finds that residents of the state face preventable exposures to mold in their homes, apartments, and schools. Exposure to mold, and the toxins they produce, have been found to have adverse health effects, including loss of memory and impairment of the ability to think coherently and function in a job, and may cause fatigue, nausea, and headaches.

    As steps can be taken by landlords and tenants to minimize exposure to indoor mold, and as the reduction of exposure to mold in buildings could reduce the rising number of mold-related claims submitted to insurance companies and increase the availability of coverage, the legislature supports providing tenants and landlords with information designed to minimize the public's exposure to mold." [2005 c 465 § 1.]

Links to Seattle & Washington resources on mold and indoor air quality:

Example Inspection Report In Seattle

Date of Inspection: March 15th, 2011

General Information

  • The home owner had removed carpeting that was wet from exterior water intrusion, and had developed a strong odor.

Basement Main Room:

  • Basement had been finished approximately 2 years prior to inspection.
  • Home owner noticed wet carpeting near exterior wall in November.
  • Carpeting had been removed by home owner due to odors prior to inspection.
  • Minor growth was noted on remaining tack strip immediately below the electrical panel.
  • No increased moisture content was noted in tested building materials.
  • No significant staining or temperature differential was noted on concrete subflooring.
  • Inspection with FLIR revealed temperature differentials associated with missing insulation and electrical penetrations in areas where water had reportedly intruded.
  • RH: 56.3%     Temp: 55.9F     CO2 = 470ppm     CO = 0ppm

Recommendations

  • Water intrusion corresponds to some un-caulked penetration through the siding below the electrical panel.  These areas should be addressed to prevent future intrusion.
  • No signs of remaining building materials having been significantly affected were present at the time of inspection.  The observable conditions do not suggest that professional mold remediation is necessary.

Basement Bathroom/Laundry Room:

  • No increased moisture content noted in tested building materials.
  • No significant visible mold growth observed.
  • No suspicious temperature differentials noted on inspection with FLIR.
  • No obvious signs of water damage.
  • Panasonic Whisper Green 80CFM exhaust fan located in this area, and connected to 60 minute twist-timer.
  • RH: 51.2%     Temp: 58.2F     CO2 = 424ppm     CO = 0ppm   

Kitchen:

  • No increased moisture content noted in tested building materials.
  • No significant visible mold growth observed.
  • No suspicious temperature differentials noted on inspection with FLIR.
  • No obvious signs of water damage.
  • Old and likely inadequate range exhaust fan installed above stove.
  • Seal on double-paned window above sink has failed.
  • RH: 46.5%     Temp: 61.6F     CO2 = 414ppm     CO = 0ppm

 Recommendations

  • Installation of a more modern range-exhaust hood would likely exhaust humidity generated by cooking more efficiently.

Dining Room:

  • No increased moisture content noted in tested building materials.
  • No significant visible mold growth observed.
  • No suspicious temperature differentials noted on inspection with FLIR.
  • No obvious signs of water damage.
  • RH: 45.3%     Temp: 52.4F     CO2 = 515ppm     CO = 0ppm

Hall Bathroom:

  • No increased moisture content noted in tested building materials.
  • No significant visible mold growth observed.
  • No suspicious temperature differentials noted on inspection with FLIR.
  • No obvious signs of water damage.
  • Bathroom exhaust fan is old and likely inadequate.
  • RH: 41.8%     Temp: 65.3F     CO2 = 462ppm     CO = 0ppm

Recommendations

  • The exhaust ventilation in this area is inadequate, it is recommended that a Panasonic Whisper Green 80CFM exhaust fan be installed and set to run at 40CFM continuous flow, and for 60 minutes at 80CFM once motion-sensor has been activated.

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Below is a list of frequently asked questions our mold experts often receive.

What type of services are typically offered by a mold inspection and mold testing company in Seattle?

A professional inspector in Seattle will typically offer the following services: mold Inspection, black mold inspection, mold detection, toxic mold testing, moisture intrusion detection (Leak Detection), pre-purchase inspection for real estate transactions, allergen screening for dust mites, pollen, pet dander, indoor air quality testing, (IAQ) Seattle, Washington.

Where is Mold Typically Found in Seattle area homes?

Mold growth can occur anywhere the conditions are correct, however certain areas are much more common. These include the crawlspace, attic, bathroom and near plumbing fixtures. Crawlspace mold damage often occurs during new construction or in warm environments using air conditioning. Attic mold damage is common in cooler climates and occurs when warm air from within the home condenses on the cold surface of the attic sheathing. Bathroom mold is very common, though often is more of an aesthetic problem than a health issue. Plumbing fixtures, however, can be a source of major mold problems, and if left unattended, often wood rot as well. Carpet mold is less common, however carpeting can often harbor old deactivated mold spores for many months after the source of the mold growth has been addressed.

Seattle environmental services are a key part in keeping your home safe. It is essential to find a qualified, certified toxic mold testing service to check your living conditions. Environix can help you find this qualified professional.

What is involved in the Mold Inspection & Mold Testing process?

A thorough mold inspection typically involves two main components, a visual inspection and sampling. The visual inspection focuses on identifying the extent of the visible mold growth and the conditions conducive to mold growth. This portion of the inspection often entails moisture meter testing, thermal imagine, humidity testing, CO2 and CO testing. Depending upon the scope of the inspection the process is either limited to a specific portion of the building or encompasses the entire property. Visual inspection and air sampling will identify problem areas that may be adversely affecting your Indoor Air Quality. Learn more about a typical inspection process.

Seattle, Washington Mold Experts

Our directory offers an extensive array of indoor air quality (IAQ) professionals to suite your needs. These include building inspectors, waterproofing contractors, mold inspectors, hazardous materials managers, industrial hygienists and drainage contractors.

Symptoms of Mold Exposure in Seattle

The primary health effect of exposure to mold is through an allergic response. Asthma, allergies, and sinus infections can all result from exposure to mold spores. It is important to remember that mold spores are ubiquitous and occur naturally in the outside air. Much like pollen and other allergens, these reactions are possible in sensitive individuals even at levels found in the outside air. The goal of indoor air quality testing, therefore, is to determine if the mold spore counts in your home are elevated beyond the levels normally encountered in the outside air.

Respiratory infections are also possible, though typically only occur in susceptible individuals with compromised immune systems. These people are often confined to hospital clean rooms. The toxic effects of mold growth are far less understood. Scientists are unclear whether an individual can receive sufficient exposure to mold growing indoors to cause the toxic effects.

Learn more about the health effects of mold.

What should I look for in a Seattle mold testing and inspection company?

Before hiring any mold testing and inspection company, always ask the following questions:

1.) Are they certified in mold testing and mold inspection?

2.) Do they have three recent references from local, Seattle area customers?

3.) Are they licensed and bonded for mold testing in Seattle?

4.) Are they insured specifically for mold testing in Seattle?

Your Seattle, Washington mold testing and inspection experts are a key part in keeping your home safe. Environix can help you find this qualified professional. This Seattle black mold inspector will check air quality, look for lead paint or toxic black mold, and check drinking water and septic system issues.

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