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Ames Mold Inspectors

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  • 9 years in business
  • 96 hires on Thumbtack
Gina H.
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I had a time sensitive situation where I needed an inspection done quickly and he moved his schedule around and fit me in on a day that he was preparing to leave for vacation. He's done 2 inspections for me and both were very thorough and informative. H left me hard copies at the site of the inspection and also sent an electronic version with pictures via email. I am very happy with the service I got from Central Iowa Home Inspections.

  • 2 years in business
Linda D.
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We hired Cornerstone because our daughter used them and she was throughly impressed. Matt arrived on time and performed our home inspection. We wanted our home inspected as a we are getting ready to sell our home. We now have an overview of what needs to be repaired so we can have our ducks in a row and get full asking price. Besides having the inspection will be a selling point. Matt's report was more in depth than I imagined and he found many potential issues before they became destructive. I would highly recommend Cornerstone for your inspection needs.

  • 1 year in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Crystal C.
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I called Advantaclean to come and test some mold I had in my basement. They put me at ease after testing, and confirming my fears. They removed it, and showed me how to prevent it from returning. Very professional! Will call them again for any other work I need that they provide.

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I do water mitigation and mold removal. I dry out basements, eliminate smoke odor and musty mold smell and get rid of pet odors.

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I am a certified home inspector serving central Iowa. I have 15 years of experience in residential construction of all types. My AHIT-certified business offers top-quality home inspection service at a competitive price.

  • 8 years in business
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For your protection get a home inspection. Inspection Connection Iowa offers the highest quality home inspection in the entire Des Moines, Iowa area.

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We are your one call for home inspection services. We perform detailed home inspections, radon testing, termite inspection, and mold and air quality testing. Give us "one call."

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We are a testing company. We are your advocates. We make sure you have a problem and help you form a plan to fix the problem; then we make sure the job was done right! We help you save money.

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I have been in the construction and quality control inspection business since 1994. I have built homes personally as well as managed the building of over 350 homes. I have traveled from California to Massachusetts doing home inspections for several government agencies. I take my job very seriously. I will inspect your new potential investment as if I were purchasing it.

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Prompt Care, Inc. provides quality odor, mold, and indoor allergen removal for both residential and commercial clientele. From pet odors to mold, we can make your house smell fresh and enjoyable the way it should be!

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Mold Inspection & Testing Des Moines will quickly determine whether your home or business really has a mold problem.

  • 8 years in business
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I am the only Home Inspector with an architectural degree in the Des Moines area, giving the client an added benefit noone else can provide

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Thors Home Inspections is a professional, AHIT-certified home inspection company. Thors Home Inspections has been voted best home inspection company in the Des Moines area on Bizvotes website. A professional home inspection benefits everyone, whether you are buying or selling a home. If you're buying, you want to know that the home you're considering is safe and sound. For sellers, our home inspection gives you a powerful marketing tool to set your home apart. Buy or sell your home with confidence. We protect your peace of mind.

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How is a mold test done?

Mold testing can help identify a mold infestation in your home or business. Mold inspection costs can vary based on the type of test you want done and the number of samples you request. The national average mold inspection cost is $250-$300. The EPA explains that if you have a visible mold problem, in most cases sampling and testing is unnecessary. However, if you have unexplained and potential mold-related illness or can smell mold in your house, mold inspection costs may be a good investment. To avoid unscrupulous testers, the EPA recommends working with a testing agency that adheres to the analytical methods laid out by professional organizations such as the American Industrial Hygiene Association or the American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists. Mold inspection costs can vary based on the type of testing done. Prices can also vary, depending on the size of the home, the number of surface areas to be tested, and the extent of the mold infestation. Here are some examples of mold inspection average costs:

  • Swab testing: $200-$300
    • A professional collects a surface swab from a potentially infested area for testing in a lab. Some professionals have concerns about this being the sole test done because it only gathers a small amount of data from a certain area of the house. That’s why it’s frequently done in conjunction with air cell testing.
  • Air cell testing: $250-$350
    • A professional collects an air sample in the home to measure the amount of mold spores in the air. This test is frequently done in conjunction with swab testing to ensure more complete data. Costs are higher for this test because the equipment required of the contractor is more expensive.
  • Both air cell and swab tests provided by the same company: $400-$600.

How does mold remediation work?

Mold remediation can eliminate mold colonies from your home or business. Mold is a normal part of daily life, but in wet or humid settings mold can quickly colonize and spread by making spores. Whether visible or hidden, untreated mold can cause real health problems and cause extensive (and expensive) damage to your property. Mold remediation involves killing the mold, removing the dead mold and preventing future mold growth. Here is an example of the steps involved in professional mold remediation:

  • Contain work area and apply negative air pressure HEPA air purifiers to prevent cross-contamination. If spores spread, the colonies can easily regrow elsewhere in your home.
  • Mist an EPA-registered antimicrobial to suspend and kill mold spores.
  • Remove affected building surfaces.
  • Bag and dispose of contaminated materials properly.
  • Treat cavities/underlayment and dehumidify.
  • Abrasively remove dead loose mold.
  • Apply EPA-registered protective sealer.
  • Perform clearance testing.

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What is a mold remediation?

Mold remediation is the process of identifying and removing unhealthy levels of mold that have colonized in a home, office, school or other building. Over time, if untreated, mold can destroy a home by breaking down cellulose-based materials (like wood or ceiling tiles) and causing a slow and messy decay. In the shorter term, a mold infestation can cause severe health problems. According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), mold can trigger respiratory problems, nasal and sinus congestion, eye irritation, nose or throat irritation, skin irritations, problems with your nervous system, and aches and pains. Mold inspection and mold remediation are often requested in tandem, although they are two separate services. Nationally, mold inspection costs range from $250 to $300. If mold has been positively identified in your house, either by visual examination or through mold testing, remediation can safely remove it. Properly trained and equipped professionals use specialized equipment (like vacuums and air scrubbers with HEPA filters) to keep mold spores contained while they remove contaminated materials and treat infested areas with antimicrobial spray. A key component to a successful mold remediation after eliminating the mold is ensuring that the water source that caused the mold infestation is also resolved.

Can mold grow behind drywall?

Mold can grow behind drywall, in your attic, in the basement, under floors — mold can grow anywhere. The key to controlling mold is controlling moisture and water. If your home has been exposed to excessive water due to flooding or heavy rains, if you have an old home with leaky pipes, or if you live in an area with high humidity, you need to be vigilant about mold. Mold is most easily identified by sight. You may see blooms of mold on furniture, on walls, or along the floor. If you can spot mold, you probably don’t need to test for it and can save on mold inspection costs and direct your energies towards mold remediation. But if you’re not certain, you may need a pro to help you determine whether you have hidden mold. Scent and illness are two potential signs of hidden mold. You may smell anything from a musty earth scent to a foul stench, and you may experience respiratory problems, nasal and sinus congestion, eye irritation, nose or throat irritation, skin irritation, problems with your nervous system, or aches and pains. The national average cost of mold inspection and testing is $250-$300.

How long does it take to get rid of mold in a house?

You can never completely remove mold from your house; a small number of mold spores will always exist indoors and are a natural and helpful part of our world. However, if water or moisture is left unchecked inside your home and mold begins to colonize, it can pose a serious health risk. Mold remediation can quickly and safely remove a mold infestation from your home or office. Depending on the size of your problem, mold remediation might take anywhere from one to seven days (or more) to wipe out the major sources of mold in your home.

Mold growths (colonies) can establish within 24-48 hours, so it is important to act immediately if you have a water spill or leak — especially if you live in a hot or humid climate. If you are past the point of DIY and need professional help, mold remediation teams will come to your location, assess the extent of the mold problem, identify and rectify all water leaks and sources of dampness, identify all mold sources (both visible and hidden), use specialized equipment to contain and prevent migration of mold spores, safely remove contaminated materials, treat infested areas with approved antimicrobial sprays, dehumidify and dry the appropriate areas, and seal areas as needed.

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