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Ankeny Mold Inspectors

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  • 9 years in business
  • 95 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.

  • 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 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.

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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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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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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."

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

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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!

  • 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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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.

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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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 do you get rid of mold?

Mold is a naturally occurring and important part of our ecosystem. That said, excessive mold can actually be hazardous to your health. Mold remediation is usually the best strategy to get rid of unhealthy levels of mold in your home or office. If you’re not comfortable working with mold or the area is larger than 10 square feet (3 feet by 3 feet), it is highly recommended to hire a mold remediation professional to resolve the problem. However, if you’re DIY-savvy, don’t have any health risks, and are not freaked out by mold, the EPA gives homeowners the greenlight to clean mold areas that are less than 10 square feet. Here are some EPA-recommended DIY cleaning tips:

  • Fix plumbing leaks and other water problems as soon as possible. Dry all items completely.
  • Scrub mold off hard surfaces with detergent and water, and dry completely.
  • Throw away absorbent or porous materials (like ceiling tiles and carpet) if they become moldy.
  • Avoid exposing yourself or others to mold.
  • Do not paint or caulk moldy surfaces. Clean up the mold and dry the surfaces before painting. Paint applied over moldy surfaces is likely to peel.
  • If you are unsure about how to clean an item (art, fine furniture, etc.) consult a reputable specialist affiliated with a professional organization in their field.

Is mold damage covered by insurance?

Mold damage may or may not be covered by your homeowner's insurance. Mold damage is caused by standing water and excess moisture. Mold damage can be covered by insurance when an item already covered under your homeowners insurance breaks accidentally — for example, if your plumbing suddenly ruptures and water floods your house, the homeowners insurance will cover part or all of the costs for the plumbing repair and any mold remediation costs necessary as a direct result of the water damage.

But you may not be able to get insurance to pay for your mold remediation costs if the damage is a result of your neglect — for example, if you’ve had a slow leak under your bathroom sink for years and have ignored the issue. If the insurer can determine that the mold damage is a result of your negligence, they likely won’t cover mold remediation costs. Also, most homeowners insurance will usually not cover mold remediation costs after a flood unless you have a special insurance rider covering your home in case of a flood. To help prevent mold damage, always keep humidity levels in your house between 30 percent and 60 percent, clean up water spills and damp areas right away, and ensure you have exhaust fans in your kitchen and bathroom.

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