Our company has several licensed mold assessors and can perform a mold assessment, if directed to do so. It has been reported that for some individuals the presence of mold may aggravate allergies and asthma or cause more serious health problems. We do not inspect for mold as part of our standard building inspection. We strongly urge anyone who is concerned about mold or who may be susceptible to allergies from mold to contact an independent New York State licensed mold assessor. Buyers and homeowners should become familiar with the provisions of the NYS DOL Mold Program, including Article 32. More information about mold can also be obtained from the EPA.
New York State law dictates that mold remediation (removal) cannot be performed without a detailed mold assessment being performed by a separate licensed individual. The assessment report is given to prospective licensed mold remediation contractors, who are required to perform remediation work in accordance with the assessment plan. After mold remediation work is complete, the mold assessor returns to the property to ensure that the work was performed completely and in accordance with the plan and to generate a mold clearance report. For those properties where we have performed the home inspection, we can offer mold assessment services at a reduced cost, since we have already examined the areas of concern.
Our firm also provides Radon tests in conformance with EPA standards. We utilize state of the art electronic continuous radon monitors for our tests. In certain areas of Monroe, Ontario and surrounding counties, radon can be very prevalent and although it is not mandatory for an inspection, we highly recommend confirming radon levels for the safety and health of you and your family. If there is a problem, it can be negotiated with the final contract as remediation of the problem is an expense.
Our inspections include a limited evaluation of fireplaces and chimneys. However, we are not chimney specialists and we are not specialists in regards to wood stoves. Some of our clients opt for a separate inspection performed by a chimney specialist to reduce the risks associated with deficiencies in chimneys, wood stoves, and fireplaces. If our client desires, we can arrange for an inspection by an independent chimney specialist who will accompany us on our inspection so that a more detailed evaluation of the fireplace(s), chimney(s) and wood stoves can be performed.
The Licensed Professional Engineers in our firm specialize in existing building construction. It is not uncommon for home and building owners to hire our firm to evaluate specific aspects of a building that they currently own. Examples would include evaluations of roofs, attic ventilation, basement water infiltration, foundation issues, structural framing, new construction methods and materials, etc. Please feel free to contact our office for specific information regarding such services.
This is only a condensed list. Contact our office for additional recommendations and referrals under each category, including remodeling contractors, handyman services and more.