Protecting You At Home
Protecting You At Work
NCET will conduct a thorough inspection of your home for mold. The inspection will
be tailored to finding not only actual mold growth, but the tailtale signs of
active or prior elevated moisture levels, which are associated with mold growth.
This is accomplished through the use of a thermal imaging camera, a moisture
content meter, and the inspector's knowledge of home construction and evidence
of water intrusion.
This will include a visual inspection of all areas in your home including your roof, attic, siding, doors, windows, ceiling, floors, walls, crawl space, ventilation systems, and plumbing.
Roof & Roofing Components:
A basic visual inspection of the condition of the roof and roofing components to include: overall condition of roofing materials; roofing components to include: flashing at valleys, eves, vents, chimneys, skylights etc; gutters and downspouts.
Adequate ventilation in the attic space is important. Soffit and roof vents should not be obstructed. All interior appliances such as dryers and bathroom fans should ventilate to the exterior of the building. Ducting should not be leaking, damaged, disconnected or missing. There should not be any condensation, damaged insulation or signs of previous moisture problems. Framing, trusses and sheathing should not show any signs of wood rot or wood damage.
Proper installation as well as maintenance of siding and flashing prevents water intrusion issues. Siding is made of many materials: brick, block, wood, asbestos, cement, fiber cement, vinyl, aluminum, stucco, etc. All of these materials deteriorate, some just faster than others. Siding should be properly caulked to insure moisture/water resistance. There should be no deterioration of siding material; missing, bent or broken sections of siding; cracking, splitting, separating, buckling, waving, bowing, swelling, expansion gaps, peeling or blistering paint, mold, mildew or algae.
Doors & Windows
Doors and windows should be properly caulked. All doors and windows should open, close, seal and lock properly. There should be no damage or deterioration to framing as well as the door or window itself. There should be no signs of siding damage around doors and windows.
Ceilings, Floors & Walls:
Inspectors will searcgh for stains on walls, floors and ceilings, peeling paint, damaged flooring or rusting carpet tack strips which indicate water intrusion.
Crawl Space and Indoor Ventilation:
Adequate ventilation for proper air flow is important. There should not be any moisture, mold or wood deterioration on sills, joists or subflooring. A plastic moisture barrier covering the entire crawlspace will help prevent moisture problems. Insulation should not be sagging or missing. All plumbing, HVAC, drain and waste lines should be leak free. There should be no standing water in the crawlspace area or near the foundation. The foundation should not have any major cracks, damage or deterioration. Proper grading a nd drainage will direct water away from the perimeter of the foundation.
One of the most common occurrences of mold, water damage, or musty odors is associated with plumbing leaks. Plumbing leaks can be obvious and easy to detect when there is standing water or visible mold present. Often times slow leaks develop inside the walls, ceilings or floors, hiding the mold or moisture making it difficult to locate or detect.