Assessments, Testing & Reporting
WES performs an extensive visual assessment of the interior and exterior of the property including attics, sub areas and roofs to detect the presence of excess moisture that can lead to mold. State of the art sampling equipment is utilized to collect air samples, direct swab or tape samples, dust samples and/or wall cavity samples in suspect areas. The samples are sent overnight to a third party certified laboratory that provides the quantity and type of mold present in the samples. The number of samples collected varies based on identification of suspect areas during the visual observation portion of the assessment and is limited to those necessary to provide sound recommendations. When the laboratory results are received, the data is analyzed and interpreted in a report isssued to the clinet containing visual observations with pictures, data interpretation and conclusions and recommendations. Following mold removal, WES recommends post remediation clearance testing of the subject areas to insure the report recommendations for mold removal were carefully followed by a third party mold remediation company and for property disclosure purposes.
Radon is an odorless, colorless radioactive gas that can become trapped in the lungs and EPA states that every home should be tested for radon gas levels. Radon testing required that the structure be closed 12 hours prior to testing and for the duration of the minimum 48 hour testing period with normal entry and exit acceptable. The radon samples are shipped to a certified laboratory and the results are interpreted in a report that is issued with conclusions and recommendations based on the radon levels detected.
Lead paint was utilized extensively prior to 1978 when lead was banned in paint products in the United States, however, many imported consumer products are reported to contain lead at hazardous levels. WES provides lead surveys of potential lead containing materials and lead sample analysis to determine lead content and hazard assessments with recommendations for corrective measures.
Asbestos was prevalent in many consumer products prior to the ban and phase out of asbestos contaning materials through 1981 (including shelf life). Asbestos was mainly used for thermal insulation (heaters, ducting and pipes), surfacing and bonding materials (roofing and tile mastics, wall joint compound, acoustical walls and ceilings) and for floor and ceiling tiles. Prior to disturbance of potential asbestos containing materials in walls, floors and ceilings, government regulations require testing for asbestos. WES provides asbestos testing and reporting for repairs, remodels and demolitions.
WES provides testing for chemicals and allergens in an effort to identify triggers leading to allergy and asthma attacks that can include mold, dander, pollen, ozone, formaldehyde, dust mites and other asthma and allergy triggers.