Mold Testing

Mold is a pervasive problem for today’s homeowner. If you suspect mold to be an issue in your home, it is important to have your home tested as soon as possible. Mold grows where there is moisture and poor ventilation. Mold manifests itself with discoloration of surfaces and characteristic “moldy odours”. Mold testing is an important step that will help you determine your home’s indoor air quality.

Mold testing air pump used in home inspections.
Prolonged exposure to mold can result in serious health issues that are an equal concern to established and prospective home owners alike. For example, moldy building materials that are ignored over time can cause health symptoms such as headaches, allergies, coughing, sneezing and eye complaints.

Wall to Wall Home Inspections uses Air-0-Cell sampling cassettes to take samples of the inside air that is compared to the outside air. Samples are analyzed locally at a laboratory to identify microbial pathogens. A detailed report explaining the mold test results will be sent to you by email.

Radon Testing

Radon is a deadly, odorless gas that has been found at dangerous levels in 1 out of 8 Calgary-area homes, by University of Calgary researchers when they tested more than 2,300 homes in Calgary, Cochrane, Airdrie and other municipalities.

Radon is a pervasive gas that enters your home through gaps in the foundation, drain pipes, sump pumps, joints and loosely fitting pipes. If you live in a rural area, then natural water supplies such as wells may also expose your home to radon gas.

While this cancer-causing gas is of growing concern to Albertans, testing for this gas is thankfully possible with the use of the right tools, ensuring your home is safe. Every home owner should know what their radon level is and a radon test is a critical first step to understanding your home’s unique radon level.

Radon gas at dangerous levels in 1 in 8 Calgary-area homes, study finds
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calgary/radon-house-study-levels-gas-testing-remediation-goodarzi-cancer-1.4045872

Asbestos Testing

While asbestos is made up of naturally occurring minerals, it has been determined to be a major health threat that is known to cause lung cancer (specifically Mesothelioma) and fatal scarring of the lungs (Asbestosis). Asbestos was used extensively around the world for residential, commercial and industrial purposes in the 1950’s to the 1970’s.

While modern day construction standards no longer allow asbestos for these purposes, it is still a pre-existing concern for older buildings built in the 20th century.

Testing for asbestos requires specific training and equipment that can only be delivered by a certified professional. If you are concerned about the possibility of asbestos and its affects on your family and home’s value, contact Wall to Wall Home Inspections today. We know how to test for, and locate, asbestos and provide you with a detailed report that can help you have peace of mind, knowing your family’s health is not at risk from asbestos exposure.

Knowing is half the battle, if asbestos is detected, then you can make an informed decision regarding remediation and removal of this harmful substance.

Protect your family and your home, contact Wall to Wall Home Inspections today!