Redmond Indoor Environmental Inspection & Remediation Services
Redmond is a quickly growing city that’s known for being innovative while still boasting of many natural attractions. That said, people who live in this area should pay careful attention to the quality of their indoor environment.
Like many houses in the Pacific Northwest, homes in Redmond are susceptible to mold growth. Not only this, but the Department of Health estimates that there are close to 1.2 million homes in Washington that still have lead paint.
Both of these can reduce the quality of your indoor air and cause negative effects on your family’s health.
Mold Inspection Services in Redmond
At Environix, we don’t believe in the traditional techniques used to test mold. In a conventional approach, Redmond mold inspectors simply collect samples, send them to a lab, and forward the results to the customer. While it’s true that you can identify the type of mold, this setup doesn’t really provide solutions to the problem.
In contrast, our team of mold inspectors combines a rigorous moisture inspection with laboratory tests in order to develop a permanent fix. Remember that mold grows naturally and its spores are present pretty much everywhere except for airtight or sterilized environments like hospitals.
Having mold colonies spreading through your home can cause a series of adverse effects. And, since excess moisture is usually at the root of most mold problems, our inspectors will identify the source and provide a solution once and for all.
Our Redmond mold inspectors follow our inspection protocol:
- Verify the Problem: Confirm there is mold growth due to excess moisture
- Determine the Extent of the Contamination: Identify contaminated items and areas
- Locate the Source: Find the source of excess humidity and find a way to fix it
- Clean and Remove: Clean the affected areas and remove visible growth
- Implementing Permanent Solutions: Provide reasonable solutions to prevent moisture accumulation and future mold problems
Redmond Mold Removal
Removing mold from your home sounds simple enough, but this task can be more complicated than you think.
Delivering good customer service is a great start, but your Redmond mold removal company should also provide common sense solutions that don’t cost a small fortune.
How Does Our Mold Remediation Process Work?
Our team of seasoned mold removal experts in Redmond follows a strict guideline to ensure the best result. The first step in our four-pronged approach is to contain the contaminated area. This will help limit the scope of our work, which translates to lower costs for our customers.
Next, we remove all damaged materials that we can’t restore. Our team can also salvage certain items depending on how much damage they have suffered, so you can decide if you want to have some belongings restored or not.
After this phase, our mold removal team will clean the affected area and encapsulate it to prevent the problem from returning. The last step is to verify via visual inspection or environmental testing, depending on the affected area.
Redmond Lead Testing and Inspections
The main problem with conventional lead tests is that inspectors can only collect samples and forward you the lab results.
This is the reason why our entire team carries the Lead Risk Assessor certification. This allows them to discuss the dangers of this metal and provide sensible recommendations on how to manage lead contamination safely, increasing the value for our customers.
Testing for Lead Paint
Lead was a popular ingredient in paint until the early 1980s. Houses that were built before 1979 should be inspected to ensure that there are no layers containing lead paint.
There are three main types of lead paint testing methods in Redmond. These are:
- XRF Testing: XRF testing has become the new golden standard for lead testing. It provides immediate results and it’s extremely cost-efficient, not to mention the fact that it’s a non-invasive method.
- Paint Chip Sampling: Paint chip sampling was the most popular way to detect lead paint until XRF testing was developed. Although it’s suitable for small areas, this technique requires exposing the potential source and it doesn’t provide immediate results, so it’s not ideal for large projects.
- Swab-Style DIY Kits: By far the most ineffective method, DIY swab kits don’t tend to provide accurate results. To the point that the EPA has changed their recommendation for swab-style kits and we advise you stay away from them as well.
Lead Soil Testing
Remember that paint isn’t the only possible source of lead you need to get inspected. The soil around your house can also absorb lead, which is becoming a huge problem due to the popularity of functional gardens.
Soil lead contamination can occur for a variety of reasons. However, there are two different ways you can detect this dangerous metal in the soil around your home. XRF analyzers provide immediate results and they can be used to test different parts quickly. Offsite lab tests are also a possibility and they provide comprehensive results after a few days.
REDMOND INSPECTION REPORT:
REASON FOR INSPECTION:
- The upstairs bathroom had a leak in the past that has been fixed. It caused mold growth on the ceiling of the room below, however that was never remediated. The owners would like to know what needs to be done to take care of the mold growth.
- This single family residential property was built in 1998 and is 4250 ft².
CAUSE OF MOLD:
- The mold growth in the downstairs room is from the previous leak in the upstairs bathroom.
"You guys are awesome. I found out about you from a Windermere agent and all I can do is smile. You cost less. You are more environmental. And your customer service is way better. I am a home inspector and every chance I get I say 'you should check with Environix.'"
– Bob G.