Does the air in your home smell stale or musty? Do you notice excessive humidity, unusual odours or a lack of air movement in your home? Do you feel noticeably better when you're away from home or outside? Have you wiped away mould, only to see it return after cleaning?
If the answer to any of these questions is "yes," you may have indoor air quality problems. These problems can stem from a variety of sources, including moisture and mould, pests, fuel-burning appliances, household materials such as formaldehyde in draperies and fabric additives in carpeting, dust from lead paint, or asbestos in older homes.
The health effects of such problems can range from mild to serious, but a proper investigation can locate the source of the problem and help you eliminate it. The experts at House Review can help you identify and remedy these problems through the following services:
Our inspectors start by gathering background information from you about your home's history and any health concerns of the occupants. We then conduct a comprehensive visual inspection of both the interior and exterior to identify any suspected problems. We produce a computer-generated report pinpointing areas of concern, and propose solutions that can help to improve the air quality inside your home. Our inspections do not typically include lab testing for contaminants. Testing can tell you about the specific species of mould or other contaminants detected, but does not identify the source of the problem or explain how to correct it. Taking remedial action to improve air quality is far more important than identifying individual contaminants.
A mould inspection is different than an indoor air quality inspection, as it focuses on a known or suspected mould-growth concern, such as visible mould or concerns related to former marijuana grow operations. Mould inspections also include collection of background information related to the home, as well as a detailed visual inspection. In some cases, surface sample collection or air sampling may be recommended in order to correlate observations, document present conditions, or to substantiate suspicions when mould growth is suspected but not visible. There may also be health or legal reasons to perform these tests. All sampling and testing includes proper chain-of-custody documentation, lab fees and lab reports.