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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...

Do you have good answers when customers ask about mold?

What is Mold?

Molds are microscopic organisms present everywhere, 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: inflammation, rash, allergy, congestion, headaches, 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 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.

Want to Learn More About Mold?

We have a very concise and informative presentation about all things mold.  In some areas, our presentation is CE-approved for Realtors.

If you would like to schedule an office presentation, please request a visit at our Realtor Store or send a request to marketing@usinspect.com.

Did you know that ASHI doesn't require inspection of fire suppression systems as part of a standard residential home inspection? Because more and more homes have fire suppression systems, and because fire suppression systems are important safety systems, your clients increasingly will ask you about fire suppression systems. Most homeowners likely are not familiar with residential fire suppressi...

Whether you cater to buyers or sellers, chances are you cross paths every day with first-time homebuyers, who require very different sales approaches by Realtors. What do you know about first-time customers? What % of customers are first-time homebuyers? Of 5+ million homes sold annually, about 1/3 are to first-time homebuyers. That's a lot of home sales - about 1.6M homes annually.  No matt...

Like every other question in life, it depends. In fact, it depends on you! Are you an experienced home buyer?  Are you a first-time home buyer?  What happens if you absolutely, positively cannot attend? If you're an experienced home buyer... If you're an experienced home buyer, we recommend that you join us for the last half hour.  For example, if your home inspection starts at 1:00 P...

About 95% of all real estate transactions reach a successful close. The NAR's Realtors Confidence Index Survey data varies from month to month but, generally speaking... 75% of total contracts sail through without delays 20% of total contracts have delay hiccups 5% of total contracts fall by the wayside Why Do Real Estate Transactions Fall by the Wayside? This is where the data g...

A cloudy day is no match for a sunny disposition – William Arthur Ward. But what happens when your windows are cloudy? You might think your cloudy window is just a cosmetic issue. Unfortunately, cloudy windows are not just cosmetic issues – cloudy windows are defective windows. Clouds are just symptoms of an underlying defect, the result of which is that the window no longer provides its...