Mold Assessment & Testing Services
Hidden water intrusion has the potental to wreak havoc in your home. Itis the single biggest pay-out by insurance companies and one that many of them are now looking for ways to exclue in their policies. It has been said that 75-80% of the major expenses assocated with home ownership involve moisture issues. It is one of the major reasons builders are called back to repair damage during the home warranty period.
We are limited by what we can visually observe when the home is occupied and when the proerty has been recently re-painted. The inspection does not involve any destructive procedures such as removing baseboard, cutting holes, in walls, etc., since most property owners will not allow this in a home they are selling. We are also limited by what our instruments can detect.
INFORMATION on TOM BRAMLETT and INDOOR AIR QUALITY/MOLD/MOISTURE ASSESSMENTS & TESTING
Information on Tom and his Credentials
Mr. Tom Bramlett, is a Council-certified Microbial Consultant (CMC), Council-Certified Microbial Investigator (CMI), Council-Certified Environmental Thermography Consultant (CETC) and Arkansas Licensed Home Inspector #1206. Mr. Bramlett is a member of the American Council for Accredited Certification (ACAC), and serves on their Executive Board, a member of Arkansas Association of Real Estate Inspectors (AAREI) and the National Association of Certified Home Inspectors (NACHI). Mr. Bramlett’s Mold Certifications were awarded by the American Council for Accredited Certification (ACAC).
Concerning the Charges
Residential Full Property Assessment: Our charges are based on a range of square footage for a Residential Indoor Air Quality/Mold/Moisture Assessment, which includes Remediation Protocol or Remediation Clearance Verification (thermal imaging, digital photo documentation and visual inspection) and written report. (Does NOT include air samples). Air sampling is performed at an additional charge per sample.
Trip Charge: The first half hour is included – each way – then there is a $75/hour travel charge for inspections.
We do not charge a trip charge for the areas we consider to be our home service areas: Fayetteville, Springdale, Rogers, Bentonville, Bella Vista, Lowell, Cave Springs, Lincoln, Prairie Grove, Elkins, Eureka Springs and Siloam Springs.
Testing is conducted and priced per sample – includeing Lab Fees - (we typically pull one representative sample inside for each level of the structure, and one sample outside as a base/control to compare it to) and then a FedEx fee to ship the samples to an independent, certified lab for analysis.
Sample Pulling Policy
Some companies practice what is considered aggressive sampling - they will pull air samples and tape samples - sometimes in every room. We practice representative sampling. We usually will pull one (1) representative sample inside the property and then one (1) sample outside as a base/control for comparison purposes. Everything outside will usually be also present inside - but ideally to a lesser degree because the air inside is cleaned and filtered (HVAC System). If there is more than one level to the property of if the property is particularily large or spread out, we will visit with you at the site and agree together on what would be best for your property and situation - to give you an overall snapshot of the airborne mold exposure levels of your property.
HOWEVER, in some cases the client or insurance company - and – Most Remediation companies usually require that samples be pulled BEFORE the work as well as AFTER for a comparison and verification/documentation and afterward for Clearance purposes. If so, the additional charge per sample and then a Fed Ex fee would apply to the initial assessment and also the clearance verification assessment. MOST REMEDIATION COMPANIES NOW REQUIRE PRE-TESTING to give a baseline BEFORE they start work, and for their insurance purposes - to know what they are exposing their workers to. Then for purposes of remediation companies, for insurance, for peace of mind and for scientific documentation if/when you sell the property, you will usually perform testing After the work is done and before it is put back together. If the samples did not come back degraded or unacceptable in the initial assessment, it should not need to have post testing performed.