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Do I Need a Mold Inspection?
Here are a few common reasons people need mold inspections:
- Real Estate Transaction
- Water Damage
- Weird Smell
- Visible Growth
- Feeling Sick Without Cause
All Pro has qualified staff, including former Licensed Insurance Claim Adjusters, to assist you or the insurance company with extremely detailed inspections. We can properly diagnose and detect if your property has mold exposure. When you have a mold inspection need, we only send licensed and qualified personnel to complete the job.
As Floridians, it is important to understand that, due to our sub-tropical climate, there are standard levels of mold in most every indoor environment. This is because mold flourishes in the Florida Humidity and what is outside almost always travels inside, at some point.
Our inspection experts will help you get a handle on what your building environment is like and if there are mold colonies growing within. Whether you need a pre-purchase inspection or live in the environment currently, we work quickly to set your mind at ease.
At All Pro, we believe there is only one way to do a mold inspection. The right way. We follow the same steps each time, to ensure that we prepare the right plan for each job. Since all mold remediation circumstances are different, every plan will be unique as well.
Here is the inspection process:
This step involves more than just looking at what is visibly growing on the walls, ceilings, and other areas. Mold can be a completely invisible intruder, simply waiting for the right conditions. It grows behind what you can see in areas that are hard to reach and impossible to see without special instrumentation.
Once the mold locations have been determined, an identification of the source is begun. Once All Pro knows the source of the moisture and how it gets into the home, we begin the next step.
Mold can spread rapidly under the right conditions. For this reason, All Pro goes to great lengths to determine the total extent of the mold intrusion. Our goal is to clean up the mold growing within your building and to eliminate further exposure to mold growth.
All Pro will document the mold issue thoroughly. This may be done in a few ways: written, photo, and/or video. The documentation will provide everything needed to create a successful remediation plan.
With all relevant documentation in hand, All Pro will create a step-by-step plan to completely remediate the mold issue. Included in this plan will be:
- The scope of work
- The schedule
- Any testing / re-testing necessary
Ensuring that all work was completed is simply not enough. Remember that mold can remain hidden. For this reason, we at All Pro go back and re-test to exacting standards to verify that harmful mold levels do not remain.
Building Code Inspection
As licensed Building Code Inspectors, we are qualified to do all of the major building inspections types. We perform building inspections during all phases of the building lifecycle.
We can inspect a commercial or residential building during the construction phase, we inspect property prior to the it being listed "For Sale", we perform them during the sale on the buyers behalf, and we perform 4-point & Wind Mitigation inspections after the sale for the property owner & their insurance company.
Additionally, we perform inspections for mold & mold remediation as well.
When inspecting a home it is important to understand what should be inspected and why. Our extensive experience has brought us a great deal of opportunity to gain first-hand experience that department. As a result our inspections are very thorough and provide comfort to our clients.
Commonly inspected items:
- Doors & Windows
- Driveway & Sidewalks
- Exterior Walls
- HVAC (Heating & A/C)
- Interior Components
- Interior Rooms
- Kitchen & Appliances
- Roof & Roof Covering
- Siding & Trim
- Smoke Detectors
- Water Heater
Do I need a Roof Inspection?
Wind Mitigation - The implementation of certain building techniques in order to limit damage caused by wind.InterNACHI
Essentially, a wind mitigation inspection is an objective and unbiased examination of various aspects of a physical structure and it's systems, from the foundation to the roof, to determine if the strucutre is utilizing wind mitigating features.
In Florida, we live the coastal dream. Along with this amazing position comes the likelihood of hurricanes and other high-wind producing storms. These winds can cause unbelievable damage to a building. As a result many insurance companies offer a premium discount to property owners that have these mitigating features.
When it comes to wind mitigation discounts each state has different rules. In Florida these are the primary focus areas:
In 2001 Florida updated the construction code. As part of the inspection, inspectors will find out when the roof was installed.
This is to verify that the roof was built to the updated building code.
Not only will the inspector determine what type of decking material was used in construction; they will also verify what type of attachment material was used (e.g., staple, nail). They will also determine what length was used and the spacing between them.
The inspector will verify the type of attachment materials that were used to connect the trusses to the walls. Older standards used nails to attach the trusses. The newer standards require hurricane straps.
Some folks even double hurricane strap their trusses because the more secure your roof, the lower the impact on your budget.
This is one of the easiest discounts to get. If you have a hip roof then you will get the discount. If you don't, then you won't.
A hip roof is a roof that has a pyramid type shape.
For those with a Gable roof there is still hope. The inspector will verify that the gable ends are braced per Florida Building Code standards.
Gables standing taller than 48" tall should be braced and/or re-inforced.
The inspector will review the construction of your walls. They will determine what type of material was used for the framing of and reinforcement of your walls. They will also check outer fascia and determine at what levels each material is used.
A home that is plywood frame with plastic siding is likely to cost more in premiums than a home that has steel-reinforced concrete walls.
This is a new process for roofs that started in 2008. If you roof is older than that, you will not likely have this feature.
Photo documentation is a minimum requirement for this item.
This is protection from flying debris that is typical during high wind storms. This protection is checked for around doors and windows.
Doors & windows with special ratings as well as hurrican shutters, can open these discounts up to you but only if 100% of openings are upgraded.
Certified Roofing Contractor # 1330819
Certified Building Code Inspector # 5503
Certified Mold Assessor # MRSA 1372
Certified General Contractor # 1523654
Certified Home Inspector # HI 1802
Certified Mold Remediator # MRSR 838