Some factors that are crucial in determining the condition of a home can only be verified through lab testing. For example, the presence of mold or asbestos may not appear to be a concern, but can prove costly later on. Our inspectors are trained to look for signs of harmful materials that may affect both your investment and the well being of your loved ones. Should testing appear to be necessary, our inspectors can explain the concern and the best course of action for identifying the substance and mediating any potential cost or harm.
Molds have the potential to cause health problems. Molds produce allergens (substances that can cause allergic reactions), irritants and, in some cases, potentially toxic substances (mycotoxins). In-haling or touching mold or mold spores may cause allergic reactions in sensitive individuals.
Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral substance that can be pulled into a fluffy consistency. Asbestos fibers are soft and flexible yet resistant to heat, electricity and chemical corrosion. Pure asbestos is an effective insulator, and it can also be mixed into cloth, paper, cement, plastic and other materials to make them stronger. Once asbestos fibers are in the body, they never dissolve, and the body has extreme difficulty expelling them. Over extended periods of time, trapped asbestos fibers can cause inflammation, scarring and eventually genetic damage to the body’s cells.
LEAD BASED PAINT
Lead is a highly toxic metal that may cause a range of health problems, especially in young children. When lead is absorbed into the body, it can cause damage to the brain and other vital organs, like the kidneys, nerves and blood.