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Old 08-11-2019, 11:22 AM
 
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I found a certified home inspector to do a mold test and he is only using air samples and swab sample for the one area which is the basement. i wanted to know if they(mold inspectors) are required to include infared thermal imaging and also moisture r meter testing to do the job right? also i requested he check the other floors of the house for mold and he said it wasnt necessary. However we remediated the mold But I wanted to make sure it did not travel up to the top floors during the process. Should he do this as well? thanks in advance. also if anyone knows of a great mold inspector in the nassau county area , please do not hesitate to message me! thanks.
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Old 08-11-2019, 12:10 PM
 
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In my experience the mold inspectors don't use thermal imaging. Some "regular" (good) home inspectors use a Tramex (pinless moisture meter) upon specific request; it is not typically part of the normal home-inspection-before-purchase routine. I have had it done on request though, around windows and doors to check for hidden issues often caused by improper flashing, etc.

Thermal imaging (with a FLIR or similar) is typically used in situations like an energy audit, or by waterproofing contractors who know what they are doing. We had an underground water issue recently and thermal imaging was used extensively in order to plan for and monitor the remediation.

Depending on the material being scanned, moisture meters can be useful. They should be calibrated for the specific material being scanned (wood, sheetrock, concrete, etc.) because the scales are different. They are usually least useful when dealing with concrete; thermal hygrometers are better for that application because the moisture meters only "read" to a very shallow depth, usually less than an inch. I think the Tramex type reads down to just about an inch but that also depends on the material being scanned. The pin types don't even go to a half inch.
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Old 08-11-2019, 03:46 PM
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Mold is present in every single house.
Every one.
The thing is to find the source of the moisture that is allowing to the mold to grow and thrive.
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