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Blue Star Inspections


Home Inspections

From Top To Bottom, Blue Star Inspections Inspects All Visible Aspects Of Your Home. We’ll Pay Careful Attention To Things That Are Going To Affect Health And Safety First, And Then The Durability Of The Property. Are You Able To Live In It Immediately Or Are There Things That Will Need To Be Addressed First? Blue Star Inspections  Will Look At All Of These Things And Tell You The Truth. We’ll Start Each Inspection With A Conversation And Then Custom-Tailor Our Service To Your Needs. It’s Important That We’re A Good Fit, And We’ll Never Waste Your Money On Services You Don’t Want Or Need.



Using the latest tools and technology, Blue Star Inspections will inspect all of the following, when visible and accessible:


Roof

Structural Components

Attic, Ventilation & Insulation

Home Exterior

Porch & Deck

Attached Garage

Driveway

Foundation

Basement/Crawlspace

Plumbing System

HVAC System

Electrical System

Home Interior: Built-In Appliances, Ceilings

Floors & Walls

Windows/Glazing, Doors



Mold Inspection & Testing

Mold is a natural part of our environment. Mold plays a vital role in breaking down organic matter such as leaves in the outdoor environment. Mold reproduces by means of spores that are invisible to the human eye and float all throughout the outdoor and indoor air. The problem lies when the indoor spores land on wet surfaces and begin to grow. Mold spores need moisture to grow and form colonies.

What Blue Star Inspections offers you is a comprehensive inspection by a certified mold inspector to help you determine the source of moisture in your home that is allowing mold to grow. We also can perform several different sampling tests to determine if mold is present in your home, what types of mold are present and if it falls within an acceptable range. We may perform an air sample test. In this test, a known amount of air is forced through a spore trap sampling device. The mold spores are “trapped” inside the canister and then analyzed by a laboratory to determine the types and amount of spores were captured. Typically, one control test is run outside and at least one test is performed inside the home. If visible mold is seen, a physical sample may be taken of the mold and sent to laboratory for analysis if the client wishes to identify the type of mold growing. However, if you can see the mold…the real concern is finding the source of moisture, fixing the concern, drying the area, and removing the mold.

Blue Star Inspections does not perform invasive testing or offer any form of remediation/removal. We can help you identify moisture problems, sample your air for elevated mold spore concentrations and sample visual mold at the client request. The inspection fee will include one outdoor (control) sample and one indoor sample. Any additional testing will incur a per sample charge and will only be performed with expressed consent by the client. If the inspector performs an inspection and does not find any indication that mold is present, the client will be advised that the inspector does not recommend testing. If the client chooses not to have the testing done, a portion of the inspection fee will be waived.





Ten 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-humidifiers
  • Increasing ventilation
  • Using exhaust fans whenever cooking, dishwashing 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.

9.    In areas where there is a perpetual moisture problem, do not install carpeting (i.e., by drinking fountains, by classroom sinks, or on concrete floors with leaks or frequent condensation).

10.  Molds can be found almost anywhere; they can grow on virtually any substance, providing moisture is present. There are molds that can grow on wood, paper, carpet, and foods.






Wood Destroying Insects

A Termite Inspection (also referred to as a Wood Destroying Inspection or Wood Destroying Organism Inspection) includes a visual examination of the readily accessible areas of the home for evidence of wood-destroying insect activity such as termites, or carpenter ants or the visible damage caused by infestations.