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Mold Inspection Reports from Fircrest

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

Project Type > Water Intrusion Inspection in Fircrest

PROJECT SUMMARY

REASON FOR INSPECTION:

  • Client recently had a water intrusion event due to an improperly routed downspout. His tenant has since been complaining about a musty smell so the client requested an inspection to determine what is causing the odor.

PROPERTY DESCRIPTION:

  • This single family residential property was built in 1912 and is 2400 ft².

CAUSE STATEMENT:

  • Wet carpeting remains in the office / bedroom area which is producing the majority of the musty odor.
  • Laminate flooring also retains significant amounts of moisture which may also be contributing to the musty odor.

LABORATORY RESULTS

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The most likely contributor of the elevated mold spores is:

  • Recent water intrusion.

Recommendations:

  •  Although your indoor mold spore count is elevated, the levels are not high enough to warrant professional remediation. By following the recommendations listed in the report and implementing regular cleaning, the mold spore levels should return to normal.

JOBSITE PHOTOS

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Location of Water Intrusion

Client Placed Deodorizing Tins Inside The Walls

Wet Carpet & Padding Is Contributing to the Odor

Wet Carpet & Padding Is Contributing to the Odor

OBSERVATIONS:

HVAC:

HVAC OBSERVATIONS

  • Electrostatic precipitator style filter installed on furnace. The effectiveness of these filters is highly dependent upon regular cleaning. The buildup of dust on the plates will quickly reduce their filtration ability. Additionally, some electrostatic precipitators are known to produce ozone, a potentially harmful gas. The E.P. filter appeared to be non-operational at time of inspection.

Recommendations:

  • Consider converting the Electrostatic precipitator filter to a 4” Merv 11 pleated filter in tightly sealed filter box. These filters provide excellent particulate filtration and are much more forgiving of irregular maintenance schedules.

RELATIVE HUMIDITY & CO2 READINGS:

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LOCATION: Basement Living Room

GENERAL OBSERVATIONS:

  • Client reports a recent water intrusion and has been taking measures to address the water damage and dry the basement.
  • Elevated moisture detected throughout laminate flooring. The flooring is wet and swollen in an area approximately 10’ x 17’.
  • Wall vents have been installed to ventilate the basement. Inside each wall vent client had installed a small deodorizing tin to help mitigate the musty odor smell.
  • Elevated moisture detected in the stud and wall plate in the NE corner of the room. Client reports the water intrusion was the result of the gutter on the NE corner of the home being routed incorrectly.

General Recommendations:

  • Recommend removal and disposal of the water damaged laminate flooring as soon as possible.
  • Install a small electric space heater to dry out wet underlying framing.
  • Consider replacing the flooring with a large throw rug.

LAB RESULTS

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