Capital Region Mold Inspection Service
Bald Eagle Inspection Services, LLC provides detailed and easy to read reports helping you to understand all aspects of your mold assessment. With nearly two decades of experience in the residential and commercial construction industry and many years dedicated to remediation and cleanup of commercial and residential buildings, you can be sure that your inspection report will be of the highest quality.
Serving all areas of Upstate New York, including Saratoga Springs, Malta, Ballston Spa, Clifton Park, Schenectady, Troy, Rensselaer County and upper Albany County. We will travel further for an additional fee.
Quality, complete and affordable mold assessments and mold inspections is my number one priority.
What is a Mold Assessment?
- Per New York State Department of Labor – The Mold Program is responsible for enforcing Article 32 of the New York State Labor Law, establishes licensing requirements and minimum work standards for professionals engaged in mold assessment and remediation. There are three main components to the new law:
- Training: The Mold Program will protect consumers by requiring contractors to obtain appropriate training prior to being licensed to perform mold assessment, remediation or abatement services.
- Licensing: Contractors will not be allowed to advertise or perform covered work without the required license, with limited exceptions such as home or business owners performing work on their own properties.
- Minimum Work Standards: The Mold Program also establishes new minimum work standards for mold assessments and remediation activities by licensed professionals, including:
- Protection against fraud by prohibiting the performance of both the assessment and remediation on the same property by the same individual;
- Protection against fraud by requiring an independent mold assessment to define the scope of the remediation work;
- Identification of disinfectant products, consistent with U.S. Environmental Protection Agency standards;
- Provision of personal protection equipment to employees, as necessary;
- Posted notice of the project and the contractor’s licenses; and
- Completion of a post-remediation assessment.
Who should get a Mold Assessment?
- If you have found mold in an attic or suspicious that mold exists
- If you have found mold in a basement or suspicious that mold exists
- If you have found mold anyplace else in your home or are suspicious that mold might exist
- If you can smell strong musty or mildew odors
- Selling your home and a home inspection has discovered mold
- Feel ill due to mold or are worried that mold may be causing your symptoms
- High relative humidity and high moisture in your home
- Recently had a flood, plumbing leak or roof leak that has lead to mold growth
- Your doctor has asked you to get a mold test
Certified Mold Inspector
Bald Eagle Inspection Services, LLC is a National Association of Mold Remediators & Inspectors (NAMRI) Certified Professional Inspector and an International Association of Certified Indoor Air Consultants Certified Professional Inspector.
NAMRI Professional #415946
Need a Mold Inspection?
I provide general mold assessments, mold assessments as a result of a home inspection discovery or real estate transaction, rental pre-move-in and move-out mold inspections, commercial mold assessments and inspections, and mold assessments and inspections for insurance claims, losses and cleanups, indoor air quality testing and mold clearance inspections.
I also specialize in tenant and landlord relationship and documenting when a mold problem exists in a rental situation and can be a valuable Expert Witness in the unfortunate event of litigation.
I provide high quality indoor air quality testing. My equipment is fully digital, can be field calibrated, and does not require pre-test cleaning and therefore eliminates erroneous results. This equipment utilizes Air-O-Cell cassettes which trap mold spores and interior contaminates for lab testing under a microscope by a certified professional laboratory. Samples are shipped overnight and returned within (2) business days.
In addition to air testing, when necessary, mold lift and swab sampling is used to scientifically identify what mold is growing. Some mold assessment professionals may tell you that testing is not necessary, however, I encourage testing on all mold assessment projects and here’s why: A true scientist will collect all levels of available data to form a hypothesis, understand the problem and create a solution. Mold assessment reports are, typically otherwise, standardized verbiage only varied by a limited amount of data which can be collected and analyzed, such as relative humidity, size of mold contamination, type of mold present and cause of mold, if identifiable. My company is geared to provide reports of the highest quality and I use all of this information to furnish a high quality report. If you take away the ability to test, you have therefore removed 25% of analytical data from which the requirements for cleanup are based. Certain types of mold require more rigorous cleaning procedures. Some types of mold release mycotoxins which are highly toxic to breath and can be hazardous to health. Of course, testing is always a recommendation and never a requirement.
Mold Assessments & Inspections
Mold assessments and inspections include:
Review: Client defined area is determined, attic, basement, general interior areas and/or whole home.
Client Questionnaire: Information collected about the location of the mold, any recent water damage incurred, odors, visibility of mold and health symptoms experienced.
Inspection: The client defined area is fully inspected for visual mold contamination.
- Size and characteristics are determined
- Cause of the mold is considered
- Affected materials are noted
- Relative humidity is noted
- Samples are gathered
Assessment: Once the inspection is completed and all test samples are analyzed by a certified professional laboratory, a comprehensive report is written detailing the following:
- Client defined areas
- Testing procedures used
- Introductory information
- Observations detailing problems identified, source and/or cause
- Water purity, clean, grey or black
- Possible other hazardous conditions
- Types of mold present
- Recommendations to cure, cleanup and remove the mold
- Size of cleanup
- Estimated cost to remediate
- Approximate duration of cleanup
- Mold remediation project overview detailing cleanup requirements
- Post-remediation clearance requirements
Review of Work Plan: Per New York State Article 32, “A mold remediation license holder who intends to perform mold remediation shall prepare a work plan providing instructions for the remediation efforts to be performed for the mold remediation project.” This work plan is reviewed and approved or corrected as necessary to make sure mold remediation contractor is following the Mold Assessment Report.
Coordination: Mold remediation contractor is coordinated with through the duration of the project and licenses are verified.
Mold Clearance Inspection
All mold clearance inspections include
Clearance Inspection: Once the mold remediation contractor is completed, the client defined area is reinspected to confirm.
- The mold staining is removed and/or rectified
- Mold Assessment Report guidelines have been followed and/or met
- Mold remediation contractor has completed all work as outlined in the approved work plan.
- Containment requirements have been properly implemented and maintained.
- Verify corrective work is properly in place
- Verify relative humidity is normal
- Issue notice to the mold remediation contractor that the project has achieved clearance
Clearance Certificate Report: Once clearance has been achieved, a final Clearance Certificate Report will be issued detailing the observations of the clearance inspection.
Bald Eagle Inspection Services follows all New York State Article 32 protocol.
Why Hire Bald Eagle Inspection Services?
100s of 5 star reviews across Google, Thumbtack & Facebook
Over 20 years of experience
Numerous licenses and certifications
Locally owned small business
Broad range of knowledge and experience
Credentialed IAC2 Professional
Credentialed NAMRI Professional
How do our reports compare?
Commercial level attention to detail
Well written with proper grammar and correct punctuation
Detailed with photos and exhibits identifying areas of removal as necessary
Includes observations, identified problems, moisture sources, possible hazards, cleanup requirements, remediation costs, size and approximate duration of project, project overview and clearance requirements
Reports are designed to be as thorough as possible, but also clear, concise and balanced
Our reports are thorough and detailed, designed to provide you with the information you need to make an informed decision
Visit our sample report below
Certified Mold Assessor
Bald Eagle Inspection Services, LLC conducts a dual service inspection at the time of your residential home inspection, if the unfortunate condition of mold exists, saving you time and money.
We also perform full service mold assessments apart from a residential home inspection. We are a NYS licensed Mold Assessor and include visual (intrusive and non-intrusive) inspections, lift, air and bulk sampling, and high quality mold assessment reports.
We only utilize the highest quality and most accurate tools, sampling devices and laboratories. Protect your family’s health by adding a mold assessment to any home inspection or schedule an inspection anytime you experience the unfortunate event of water damage or discover a mold-like substance in your residence.
The key to a successful mold remediation is a quality mold assessor!
Attic Mold Inspection
Attics are one of the most common areas for mold growth in homes. It often goes undetected since it’s rarely visited by homeowners. The above video shows observations of an attic inspection performed in January. The attic capturted 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 frost has frozen, warmer weather can create rainforest like conditions when frost starts to melt and drip down. This condition will require extensive remediation of the area, including, but not limited to, removal and replacement of insulation, sanitization, HEPA vacuuming of surfaces and application of antifungal encapsulant.
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Mold Inspection FAQs
Do I need a mold assessor in NY?
NY State mold laws require that a mold assessment is completed by a licensed mold contractor before the mold remediation process. One company may not hold both licenses on the same project, thus the remediation must be done by a separate licensed remediation company.
Who do I call for a mold inspection?
In New York State, a mold inspection must be performed by a licensed and certified mold assessor. You can use the NYS Labor Department’s Licensed Mold Contractors Search Tool to verify that the inspector you’re considering hiring has a valid license.
How much does a mold inspection cost?
The average cost of a mold inspection is between $395 and $495. The cost will vary depending on the size of your home, the severity of the mold problem, sampling fees and whether you need air quality testing, which can add an additional $200 to $600 to the total cost. Request a mold inspection estimate by filling out our request form.
Can you sell a house with mold in NY?
Yes, you can sell a house with mold in NY. However, you must disclose the presence of any known mold to potential buyers. The buyer may then choose to have the mold remediated before closing on the property. It’s always an added benefit to pursue remediation on your own, prior to listing your property for sale, to ensure a smooth transaction.