Unbelievable Condensation Issue In Attic Causing Mold Growth

This video was shot recently showing observations of an attic inspection in January 2020 during mild to cold weather days and captures large amounts of frost on the bottom side of roof assembly due to inadequate insulation, lack of proper air movement and ventilation and possible roof underlayment and membrane issues. During warmer days after … Read more

Different Types of Mold Testing Techniques Explained

There are typically four techniques of mold testing available to all mold assessors and inspectors. These levels include: non-intrusive visual inspection, swabs, tapes, bulk samples, air sampling and intrusive. A non-intrusive visual inspection is considered the lowest level of confirmation of mold, however, when visual confirmation cannot be made, the next level of confirmation of mold would be … Read more

Prevent ice damage and backups!

I wanted to take a moment to post some important information regarding the coming warm weather and  how it could create roof troubles.  We have recently received snowfall that has left our roofs piled and now we are about to experience warmer weather. This weather pattern is a perfect to create all sorts of roof … Read more

How to interpret your mold air sampling results.

Many have asked me about how to interpret indoor air quality results. Since there is very little to be found regarding mold test results and air sampling interpretation on the web, I have decided to share this information with the world. The following information is unofficial and opinionated in nature and is to be used as a … Read more

Information on Stachybotrys Found In Indoor Air Quality Testing

Stachybotrys are widely considered the most hazardous form of indoor mold and are mycotoxin producing and should be removed. Whenever Stachybotrys are present, air sampling is highly recommended for clearance confirmation. For more information on Stachybotrys please visit: https://www.apsnet.org/edcenter/apsnetfeatures/Pages/Stachybotrys.aspx If you or one of your housemates/family members is suffering from suspicious allergy-like or hay fever-like … Read more

Mold Testing and your Home Inspection

As we enter the fall season here in the Albany area, more homes start being closed up getting ready for the cold weather. Especially, if you live in Ballston spa, Saratoga Springs or even Clifton Park,  you might be living in an older home that might have experienced moisture buildup in your basement or in … Read more

Why you should consider regular roof inspections

Seeing fall is upon us, it is time to start being proactive and make arrangements for the upcoming cold winter months. As an Albany home inspector, we highly recommend taking a proactive approach as opposed to a reactive approach. It’s kind of like changing your engine versus changing your oil. It is more cost-effective to … Read more

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