We are proud to offer many different mold inspection, mold testing & indoor air quality services. They are usually performed for someone that thinks they may have a mold problem, has visible mold growth, can smell “musty” odors or who has had a previous water leak.
We also perform real estate transaction mold inspections when someone buys or sells a house. The purpose of this service is to help inform the potential buyer if there is an existing mold problem. To get a better idea of what you might need, we have listed our services below:
Visual Mold Inspections
This includes a visual inspection of the entire property for any obvious mold/fungal growth or other indicators of hidden mold problems. We also include a moisture intrusion inspection with our radio-wave moisture meters in all areas that are prone to high moisture. We will check inside the HVAC system & ductwork for hidden microbial growth. Our Thermal Imaging Camera will be implemented in our inspection process to help find anything that is not visible to the naked eye.
Based on the inspection results & if any visible mold or other “Red-Flag” areas are found, we then can make suggestions to recommend sampling or a remediation procedure. All inspections include digital photos of problem areas as well as a computer-generated report.
ACAC: Council-Certified Microbial Investigator
ICA2: Currently a Certified Mold Inspector with the International Association of Certified Indoor Air Quality Consultants
Mold Testing & Sampling
Swab or Lift Sampling:
This is a specific type of test performed when there is visible mold growth. We use a wetted swab or Bio-Tape to lift the growth off the surface and then seal it in a specialized container. This will then be forwarded to an AIHA accredited laboratory for analysis. The report will include the spore name and the description.
Whole House Air Sampling:
This is a more inclusive type of test that will let you know what is in the air you are breathing. All air samples will be completed using Zefon spore trap cassettes (Air-O-Cell®) to ensure the most reliable results. The Air-O-Cell® is designed for the rapid collection of a wide range of airborne aerosols including mold spores, pollen, insect parts, skin cells, fibers and inorganic particulate.
The home’s air is drawn through the spore trap cassette using a self-contained IAQ pump and then all biological particles are impacted on to the slides surface. The standard for all of our tests are a minimum of 2 samples inside and 1 sample outside (to have a baseline for comparison). These cassettes are then sent to the lab for analysis. The reports will show the type of mold and the amount of mold in the air (per cubic meter).
Carpet sampling can be another tool to find out a “history” of the mold counts inside the house. The carpets are vacuumed in certain areas to collect the mold spores that may have settled into the carpet piles. The dust is collected and sent to the AIHA approved laboratory for analysis. The report will then show what type of mold spores were present. If there are indicators of water damaged building materials, ie; Stachybotrys, Chaetomium, Penicillium, Aspergillus, etc. then you can be assured there was a previous mold problem or water leak. You can also view some more information on ERMI mold testing options.
Behind-the-Wall Cavity Sampling:
This tool is used to sample the air in spaces that could not be access without demolition of the walls. If during our mold inspection we find an area of hidden moisture we can drill a small 3/8″ hole and insert a special tube to sample the air in the cavity space. The sample will be sent to the lab for analysis and all spores present will be listed and their respective amounts.
Odor (VOC) Sampling:
VOC or Volatile Organic Compounds are gases that can produce odors within a property. They can originate from chemical sources such as cleaning products, storage of chemicals, paints, and even from mold growth (mVOCs – microbial-volatile organic compounds). We can perform a screening for the individual VOC levels within a property to help determine the overall indoor air quality. This test typically runs for 2 hours and then will be sent to a third-party laboratory for analysis. Formaldehyde testing is also available.
At CFBI we also offer ERMI & ARMI Mold Testing services. Our specialists are here to answer any question you may have
Central Florida Radon Testing and Inspections
State-Certified Radon Technicians
Radon is a cancer-causing natural radioactive gas that you can't see, smell or taste. Its presence in your home can pose a danger to your family's health. Radon is the leading cause of lung cancer among non-smokers. Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in America and claims about 20,000 lives annually. The U.S. Surgeon General and EPA recommend that all homes be tested.*
Radon can be found all over the U.S.
Radon comes from the natural (radioactive) breakdown of uranium in soil, rock and water and gets into the air you breathe. Radon can be found all over the U.S. It can get into any type of building - homes, offices, and schools - and result in a high indoor radon level. But you and your family are most likely to get your greatest exposure at home, where you spend most of your time.*
You should test for radon
Testing is the only way to know if you and your family are at risk from radon. EPA and the Surgeon General recommend testing all homes below the third floor for radon. EPA also recommends testing in schools.*
Termite (WDO) Inspections
Wood Destroying Organism (WDO) inspections are a special inspection to evaluate the presence of these insects or organisms in the home. State-certified consultants provide homebuyers with accurate and detailed WDI/WDO inspection reports that use simple terms and are easy to understand. All inspections will be performed by a State-licensed WDO inspector from Service Solutions of Central Florida.
- State Licensed & Certified Termite WDO Inspectors
- Florida Legal Wood Destroying Organism Inspection Report
- Inspectors Complete Yearly Continuing Education
- Can Email WDO Report – Easy to Read – Typed Form
- Digital Photos of Damage or “Evidence” of Termites or other
Wood Destroying Organisms
- WDO Inspections provided by Service Solutions of Central Florida:
WDO (Wood Destroying Organism) Termite Inspector
Well Water Quality Testing
We offer water testing & well inspections for drinking water & well water in the Central Florida and Orlando areas. The EPA suggests homes with well water should be tested annually for bacteria & chemical contamination.
If you are buying a home with a well, we recommend having a water quality sample collected. If you are using a FHA, VA or USDA loan, underwriting requirements necessitate a water quality sample to be collected and analyzed by an approved. We will send it in to a Certified Florida water testing laboratory for analysis. The results will typically be available within a week but could be quicker depending on the type of water analysis. The following test packages are performed on the water samples:
Nitrates/Bacteria (minimum EPA annual suggestion)
Nitrates, Total Coliform (bacteria) & E. Coli (bacteria)
FHA / VA / USDA Required Water Test
Nitrates, Nitrites, Total Coliform (bacteria), E. Coli (bacteria) & Lead
Additional Compounds and Chemicals*
Numerous categories of water testing available including Alkalinity, Arsenic, Iron, Sulfur, Turbidity, PH (acidity), Clarity, Chlorine, Color, Copper, Hardness (Calcium), Sodium and more!
Additional testing for specific chemicals, minerals, toxins, radon & pesticides are available. Please contact us today for information & pricing on other substances. FHA water testing requirements available.
Thermal Imaging Services
Thermal imaging is a non-invasive, non-destructive way of evaluating conditions below the surface. Because everything from faulty wiring to the presence of termites to mold to wet insulation affects the surrounding temperature, heat-sensitive photography can reveal these and other issues that just cannot be seen by the naked eye or with conventional or digital photography. We can provide thermal imaging reports where we document the hidden fault for corrective action or to prioritize repairs.
These cameras are useful for energy audits because you can see exactly where cold air is entering the home or heat is being lost, along with energy dollars. The thermal imaging camera inspection can document dangerous electrical hot spots or the presence of moisture which can lead to harmful mold.
Thermal photography will deliver more thorough and in-depth inspections due to the fact we are able to view what can’t be seen with the naked eye.