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Chim chimney, Chim chimney, Chim chim cher-ee You may think that a fire in a fireplace goes up and out, but it often clings to your chimney and builds up residue on the flue - the chimney’s interior shaft designed to vent smoke and fumes to the exterior of the building. Such residue, known as creosote - a thick, oily brown, and flammable tar that coats the flue when the fireplace is used - is res...

Why do you need to remove water from a home? Because your pipes can burst if water freezes in the pipes!  Why exactly?  Well, as water freezes, it expands. And because water supply lines already are pressurized, water that freezes can cause pipes to expand, rupture, and crack. If you expect your property to remain vacant and unsupervised for an extended period of time, you need to winterize you...

Every year the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) designates a fire prevention week, and this week is it! The theme this year is fire safety in the kitchen, and we are here to help spread awareness to prevent house fires. The Ever-Present Threat of Burning Flames According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), fire departments responded to 352,000 home fires which caused 1...

The Leading National Home Inspection Company Partners with the Largest Home Inspector Association CHANTILLY, VA. (Sept. 3, 2020) – US Inspect, the leading national home inspection company, and InterNACHI®, the world’s largest association for home inspectors, have announced a strategic partnership. All of US Inspect inspectors join InterNACHI® and benefit from InterNACHI’s superior education an...

As our industry's market leader, we've taken the lead implementing inspection best practices related to COVID-19. We understand the risks of COVID-19 and have implemented best practices to help keep you, your clients, and our inspectors safe. On-site Inspection Personal Protective Equipment Our inspectors are equipped with the highest-quality protective gear – safety masks, disposable gloves, a...

What happens when you get sad or hurt?  Tears build up, you start to cry, your weep holes release water.  Likewise, when it rains, water builds up on exterior brick veneer walls and is released from the spaces between brick veneer and structural wood framing via weep holes. Badness happens when your walls don’t have weep holes. Without weep holes, water has only one place to go – inside your ho...

As winter, cold and snow approach, it's natural to want to cuddle up with your bae by the fire.  That's cool (or hot, depending on your perspective...or planned activities). While you're warming up, did you know that the Consumer Product Safety Commission estimates that there are 22,000+ residential chimney and fireplace fires annually in the US? When's the last time you actually spent more ...

According to the National Fire Protection Association, US fire departments respond to about 15,000 home structure fires involving clothes dryers annually, which kill or injure over 400 people per year (with $225+ million in property damage). The biggest problem is that you generally only view the front and sides of the dryer. Unfortunately, it's the business end of dryers that can cause lots of...

No, we haven't yet cornered a ghost or a vampire, but we do witness all kinds of crazy bats in the belfry when we're inspecting.  Check out just a few real-world photos from actual inspections over the last couple of years.  Who said inspecting isn't a contact sport? This Really Is A Bat In Your Belfry We like Bela Lugosi.  We love Underworld.  Heck, we like all bat-related movies. But no...

When customers ask about mold, are you able to answer their questions? We’ve put this article together to help you answer your client’s questions with confidence!

What is Mold?

Molds are microscopic organisms present everywhere, both indoors and outdoors. Molds are fungi which break down dead material and recycle nutrients in the environment. Molds need moisture and an organic food source (e.g., wood, paper) to grow. Molds gradually destroy whatever surface they grow on. Visible mold growth is typically discolored green, gray, brown, or black.

Why is Mold a Problem?

Mold is bad for your health.  Molds release tiny, lightweight spores which travel through the air.  Indoor mold growth is undesirable and potentially dangerous, and can cause: inflammation, rash, allergy, congestion, headaches, and infection.

When to Test for Mold?

Mold often is caused or accelerated by moisture.  Therefore, many people test for mold after a water-related issue, e.g., heavy rain causes water in the basement, dishwasher floods the kitchen, washing machine floods the laundry room, etc.  People also test for mold when they smell an unusual odor, see discolored spots, or become sick for no apparent reason.

What’s the Best Way to Assess Mold?

Mold testing, combined with infrared scans and visual inspection methods, is the best non-invasive method to assess the extent and types of mold in a home.

Our Mold Assessment, offered in select markets, delivers a comprehensive understanding of the types and extent of mold in a home.  We conduct a visual examination, air sampling, infrared inspection, and in some cases, surface sampling. We ship samples to a qualified lab for results and analysis and our hygienist reviews results. If we identify issues, we provide you with specific recommendations and next steps.