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Mold Inspection Reports from Covington

Below are recent mold inspection projects we’ve completed in the Covington area.  These reports can help provide you with an idea of the issues we typically encounter in your region.

Project Report > Mold Inspection & Testing in Residential Home in Covington

PROJECT SUMMARY

REASON FOR INSPECTION:

  • Resident and family has had chronic uneasy feeling feelings and allergenic symptoms. Environix hired to analyze indoor air sample and give recommendations on the indoor environment.

PROPERTY DESCRIPTION:

  • Property is a single family residential home of 1 story with a cellar type basement.

CAUSE OF MOLD:

  • Lack of ventilation and high humidity within the property. Condensation based mold present at the windows due to them being a metallic single pane type. Potential water leak at kitchen faucet or pluming causing mold growth under sink.

LABORATORY RESULTS

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ANALYSIS OF YOUR RESULTS:

  • No Amplification:  No mold spores were measured at levels equal to or above the threshold, and do not indicate a site of probable mold amplification and growth.  Please refer to the attached report for more detailed information.

RELATIVE HUMIDITY & TEMPERATURE READINGS:

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CO2 READINGS:

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MOISTURE AND GAS MEASUREMENTS:

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JOBSITE PHOTOS

Mold growth under kitchen sink. At inspection, water was present on sink faucet rope and counter weight under cabinet. Potential faucet failure soaking storage contents under sink

Mold growth under kitchen sink. At inspection, water was present on sink faucet rope and counter weight under cabinet. Potential faucet failure soaking storage contents under sink

Mold growth

Mold growth

Mold growth on window and window ledges

Mold growth on window and window ledges

Mold growth on slider door in master bedroom.

Mold growth on slider door in master bedroom.

Furnace filter opening is a cut out of the side wall of the air return. This should be changed to its own compartment allowing a verified snug fit to an air filter. This is allowing the furnace to pull air from the unconditioned basement space and circulate it in the indoor environment.

Furnace filter opening is a cut out of the side wall of the air return. This should be changed to its own compartment allowing a verified snug fit to an air filter. This is allowing the furnace to pull air from the unconditioned basement space and circulate it in the indoor environment.

Rodent damage to main insulated duct from furnace

Rodent damage to main insulated duct from furnace

 OBSERVATIONS

VENTILATION:

  • Relative humidity levels are elevated. Generally, indoor RH levels should remain under 55% or under 50% in homes with poorly insulated exterior walls.
  • CO2 levels are normal. While not a direct health problem, elevated CO2 levels are an indication of stale indoor air and poor ventilation. This can lead to a buildup of pollutants and humidity, which can cause mold growth. Following the ventilation recommendations listed below will lower the CO2 levels in the home.
  • Home suffers from insufficient ventilation. This leads to a buildup of indoor pollutants and increases the relative humidity, creating conditions conducive to mold growth and dust mites.

LOCATION: Powder Room Bathroom

OBSERVATIONS:

SHOWER:

  • Grout and caulking is in good condition and shows no signs of recent water intrusion.
    Recommendations:
  • See ventilation section above for recommendations to eliminate condensation.

LOCATION: Hall Bathroom

OBSERVATIONS:

CEILING:

  • Light mold growth noted on bathroom ceiling. This occurs when the warm, moist air generated by shower usage interacts with the cool surface of the ceiling. Without adequate ventilation, this causes condensation and subsequent mold growth.
  • Moderate mold growth noted on window and surround. This occurs due to the lack of ventilation as moist humid air is present during use.

SHOWER:

  • Grout and caulking is in good condition and shows no signs of recent water intrusion.

FLOORING:

  • Elevated moisture detected in the flooring near the shower. This is the result of shower overspray or splashing.

Recommendations:

  • Minimize shower overspray onto the floor. Consider installing splash guards in the shower corners.

LOCATION: Living Room

OBSERVATIONS:

  • A portable filter / air purifier is in use in this room.
  • The room is equipped with carpeting and upholstered furniture in clean condition. The client notes the carpets and furniture were cleaned in December of 2015, approximately 4 months ago.
  • The room is furnished with cloth drapes.

Recommendations:

  • Increase the laundering schedule of the drapes to reduce allergens.

LOCATION: Den

OBSERVATIONS:

  • The room is equipped with carpeting and upholstered furniture in clean condition.
  • The room is furnished with cloth drapes.
  • Moderate condensation-based mold observed on window and window frame. The windows are metal framed and single paned.

Recommendations:

  • Consider hard surface flooring. Hard surface flooring limits the collection of allergens, mold spores and other particulates.

LOCATION: Daughter’s Bedroom

OBSERVATIONS:

  • Light condensation-based mold observed on windows and window frames. The windows are metal framed and single paned.
  • The bedroom occupant has known allergies.
  • A portable filter is in use in this bedroom.
  • The bedroom has:
  • Carpeting. The carpet is in clean condition.
  • Quilt or duvet bedding.
  • Cloth drapes.

Recommendations:

  • Add dust mite covers to the bed and pillows to seal in allergens so they are not inhaled while sleeping. These covers are easier to keep clean than a mattress or pillow.
  • Replace the bedding with easily washable blankets. Increase their laundering schedule to weekly.
  • Remove the soft drapes or curtains from this room. Replace them with a hard surface window covering such as blinds or shutters. Alternately, increase the laundering schedule of the drapes to weekly.

LOCATION: Son’s Bedroom

OBSERVATIONS:

  • The bedroom occupant has known allergies.
  • A portable filter is in use in this bedroom.
  • The bedroom has:
  • Carpeting. The carpet is in clean condition.
  • Quilt or duvet bedding.
  • Cloth drapes.

Recommendations:

  • Add dust mite covers to the bed and pillows to seal in allergens so they are not inhaled while sleeping. These covers are easier to keep clean than a mattress or pillow.
  • Replace the bedding with easily washable blankets. Increase their laundering schedule to weekly.
  • Remove the soft drapes or curtains from this room. Replace them with a hard surface window covering such as blinds or shutters. Alternately, increase the laundering schedule of the drapes to weekly.
  • Monitor the window in this room for future condensation and mold growth.

LOCATION: Kitchen

OBSERVATIONS:

  • Moderate mold growth observed on the kitchen cabinet.
  • Elevated moisture detected in the kitchen cabinet. This is the result of a water leak from the faucet or from the old metallic plumbing behind the cabinet wall. Some evidence of an intermittent water leak is visible below this on the basement ceiling.

Recommendations:

  • Investigate and repair the likely water leak.

LOCATION: Master Bedroom

OBSERVATIONS:

  • The bedroom occupant has known allergies.
  • A portable filter is in use in this bedroom.
  • The bedroom has:
  • Carpeting. The carpet is in clean condition.
  • Quilt or duvet bedding.
  • Cloth drapes.

Recommendations:

  • Add dust mite covers to the bed and pillows to seal in allergens so they are not inhaled while sleeping. These covers are easier to keep clean than a mattress or pillow.
  • Replace the bedding with easily washable blankets. Increase their laundering schedule to weekly.
  • Remove the soft drapes or curtains from this room. Replace them with a hard surface window covering such as blinds or shutters. Alternately, increase the laundering schedule of the drapes to weekly.

LOCATION: Basement

GENERAL OBSERVATIONS:

  • A dehumidifier is in use in the basement. The client notes they run the dehumidifier sometimes to make sure their storage items in the basement are not affected by mold growth.

Recommendations:

  • See ventilation section above for recommendations to eliminate condensation.