Mold Issues

Let’s Talk About Air Quality!

Did you know? The air inside your home can be five times more polluted than outside air. It’s true! Although most of us do our part to keep our indoor spaces clean and free of outdoor pollutants, indoor air quality can be much worse than outdoors. Most of us are concerned about outdoor air pollution …

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Crawl Space Challenges in the Triangle

   We see this so often in crawl spaces in North Carolina. Why? Well, we have a very humid climate, which is exactly what mold likes. There’s not much we can do about southern summers. HOWEVER – there is A LOT we can do to combat moisture intrusion, organic growth, and wood rot found in …

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Tools That Help Us Help You

If your home has an attic and/or crawl space, there is a good chance that you don’t regularly go into these areas to check for concerns like water intrusion, leaks, or high humidity/moisture. But we do! This is a critical component to every home inspection and discovering these kinds of issues can save you thousands …

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New Construction Home Inspections

    Even in New Construction homes like this one, water intrusion and high moisture levels can quickly create organic growth (e.g., mold) on surrounding materials. In this case, we noted suspected mold on support beams which was verified by mold swab tests. Since this area is also going to be partially finished, an indoor …

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What’s Wrong with this Crawl Space?

What serious concerns do you see in these pictures and what is the main cause of these concerns? Pictures 1 and 2 are suspected MOLD. Picture 3 is rotted a rotted wood beam. What do they all have in common?  Moisture. It’s the number one enemy of your crawl space and your home and all …

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What’s MISSING?

What’s wrong with this picture? If you said the chimney is missing a chimney cap, you’re right! Such a simple, inexpensive fix. However, if this is left like this, you could be facing one or more of the following issues: Chimney caps keep out birds, BATS, squirrels, and other small rodents. If something crawls into …

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missing chimney cover

What’s Wrong with This Picture?

​Can you spot the problem here?​We’ll give you a hint… it rhymes with ‘hissing clownsprout’. . . ​. This gutter is missing a downspout (right side). That means that all of the water from rain, melting snow, etc. drains directly into the area next to and into the foundation. As water penetrates into the foundation …

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missing downspout

Crawl Space 101

The crawl space is one of the most crucial areas a home inspector should inspect. This particular opening isn’t exactly large, but trust us, our inspector Rick has gotten into MUCH smaller spaces (attic openings are especially fun!). A home’s crawl space often contains HVAC components, exposed plumbing pipes, insulation, and vapor barriers and/or other …

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inside the crawl space
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