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Ross Brown, ACI

ASHI Certified Home Inspector

612-991-6242

rossbrown@mchsi.com

Member of ASHI
American Society of Home Inspectors                                                    
Member of MSHI 
Minnesota Society of Housing Inspectors
 
Member of BBB
Better Business Bureau
Member of MARR
Minnesota Association of Realtors
Fully Insured with the State of Minneasota.
16 Years experience                                                                                                           

                                

"16 Best Home Inspectors in Minneapolis" 
Awarded in '16, '17, '18 & '19
- www.expertise.com

"10 Best Home Inspectors in Minnesota"
Awarded in '18  - Yelp

Indoor Quality Air Testing for pollen, mold, asbestos etc.

Are you feeling sick all of the time? Have a constant headache? Is there a room that you get sick in?  You deserve to know what is in the air your family breathes.

Limited Moisture Inspection: $200.00 one area.  Add $55.00 per area

Mold Testing with tape lift: This also includes a moisture detection examination.  Basic fee $200.00 with $55.00 per mold sample.  

Air quality Testing for asbestos:  1-2 samples $300.00. 3-4 samples $500.00.

Air Quality Testing for mold:  2 samples-1 inside and 1 outside-$275.00.  $85.00 each additional sample.  

I can check for mold with my moisture detector and my mold testing kit.  I will also make an intrusive hole (if nessecary) in a wall/ceiling or floor (with owner's permission) and use a device to get behind the board and scrap for mold.

 I send the specimen off to a lab and within 24 hours we know what kind of mold it is.

 Molds can be found almost anywhere; they can grow on virtually any organic substance, as long as moisture and oxygen are present. There are molds that can grow on wood, paper, carpet, foods, and insulation. When excessive moisture accumulates in buildings or on building materials, mold growth will often occur, particularly if the moisture problem remains undiscovered or unaddressed. It is impossible to eliminate all mold and mold spores in the indoor environment. However, mold growth can be controlled indoors by controlling moisture indoors.

Things You Should Know About Mold

  1. Potential health effects and symptoms associated with mold exposures include allergic reactions, asthma, and other respiratory complaints.
  2. There is no practical way to eliminate all mold and mold spores in the indoor environment; the way to control indoor mold growth is to control moisture.
  3. If mold is a problem in your home or school, you must clean up the mold and eliminate sources of moisture.
  4. Fix the source of the water problem or leak to prevent mold growth.
  5. Reduce indoor humidity (to 30-60%) to decrease mold growth by: venting bathrooms, dryers, and other moisture-generating sources to the outside; using air conditioners and de-humidifies; increasing ventilation; and using exhaust fans whenever cooking, dishwasher, and cleaning.
  6. Clean and dry any damp or wet building materials and furnishings within 24-48 hours to prevent mold growth.
  7. Clean mold off hard surfaces with water and detergent, and dry completely. Absorbent materials such as ceiling tiles, that are moldy, may need to be replaced.
  8. Prevent condensation: Reduce the potential for condensation on cold surfaces (i.e., windows, piping, exterior walls, roof, or floors) by adding insulation.

How do I get rid of mold?

 It is impossible to get rid of all mold and mold spores indoors; some mold spores will be found floating through the air and in house dust.  The mold spores will not grow if moisture is not present.  Indoor mold growth can and should be prevented or controlled by controlling moisture indoors.  If there is mold growth in your home, you must clean up the mold and fix the water problem.  If you clean up the mold, but don't fix the water problem, then, most likely, the mold problem will come back.

Where is asbestos found?

Natural asbestos is found in the ground and is still mined in a few countries throughout the world, including Canada and Russia. Combined with other materials, it was used for decades in the manufacture of myriad insulation products and other products that required high heat resistance.

What does asbestos look like?

Asbestos fibers are long and needle-like, but you will usually find asbestos mixed with another material, such as cement, which may make it hard to identify. How can I identify it? It is very difficult to identify asbestos by sight. If you suspect that a material in your home contains asbestos, it is best to have it tested by a professional.

Is asbestos dangerous?

Yes, especially if it is damaged. If so, why? Damaged or old asbestos can easily crumble and the needle-like fibers can become airborne. It's easy to inhale these fibers. The fibers will lodge in the pleura (lining of the lungs) or other parts of your body and can cause scarring and other problems.

Where might I come into contact with asbestos?

Asbestos can be present in many products produced before the asbestos warnings of the 1970s, including insulation, drywall tape, gaskets, brake shoes, certain household products, and more. These may still be in your home or your workplace.

What kind of health problems does asbestos cause?

Asbestos can cause asbestosis - a scarring of the lungs, or mesothelioma - cancer of the pleura, peritoneum, or pericardium.

How many people have been affected by asbestos?

That's difficult to determine. In the United States alone, as many as 3,000 people each year die of mesothelioma. The rate is much highly in other countries.

Why is asbestos so widely used?

Asbestos was widely used for its heat- and fire-resistant properties. Today, it is banned in many countries (but not in the U.S.) and its use has decreased.

Who is most at risk for asbestos exposure?

Anyone who mined vermiculite or asbestos or who worked in industries where asbestos was widely used - like shipbuilding and construction - are those most likely to have been exposed to asbestos.

What kinds of treatments are available for asbestos-related illnesses?

Less serious asbestos-related diseases require breathing treatments such as bronchodilators to relieve shortness of breath caused by the scarring of the lungs. Mesothelioma is most often treated with radiation or chemotherapy.

How can I prevent being exposed to asbestos?

Be sure that you're not working with asbestos on the job and check your home for signs of asbestos.

What should I do if I think I've come into contact with asbestos?

Not everyone who comes into contact with asbestos develops an asbestos-related disease. However, if you've had prolonged contact, it's best to have regular check-ups and chest x-rays to determine the ongoing health of your lungs.

What kinds of products have asbestos in them?

It is believed that in decades past, up to 5,000 consumer products contained asbestos, including insulation products, drywall tape, gaskets, fertilizer, hair dryers, toasters, coffee pots, irons and ironing board covers, wood-burning stoves, electric blankets, and many more. You may still own some of these products.

What should I do if I think I have asbestos in my home?

Am I in danger? If you think you have asbestos in your home, you should call a licensed asbestos removal company to test your air quality. If the air quality is less than satisfactory, the asbestos should be removed. Usually, if the asbestos is not damaged and is left alone, it will not pose a health hazard.

What should I do with asbestos-containing waste?

Only certain dump sites accept asbestos waste. The waste should be removed by a licensed asbestos abatement company and disposed of properly.

How is asbestos related to mesothelioma?

Asbestos exposure is the only known cause of mesothelioma.

Are there current government regulations against the use of asbestos?

The U.S. has never issued an official ban on asbestos though a number of regulations are in place. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) can provide you with the specifics.

www.health.state.mn.us/divs/eh/indoorair/radon/

www.epa.gov/iedmold1/moldresources