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CORONA VIRUS UPDATE: MOLD INSPECTIONS ARE ESSENTIAL SERVICES

April 2020| Boca Raton, Florida

RCI Home and Mold Inspections extends well wishes and encourages our community to stay safe and healthy during this unprecedented epidemic.  We want you to know that mold is considered a serious health risk and mold inspections fall in to the category of Essential Services.  Our licensed inspectors wear the appropriate Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) to every home and mold inspection and health & safety is a top priority for our team. During a home or mold inspection, we can or do use 3M Respirators and/or N95 masks, gloves, booties, and when appropriate Tyvek hazmat suits. We employ social distancing and PPE to ensure that our inspections are done properly and in accordance with best practices. You are welcome to call with questions or concerns regarding your home or business mold inspection needs. 

South Florida Storm Trends for 2020

February 2020| Boca Raton, Florida

A Close Watch on El Niño in 2020.

The Atlantic Hurricane Season in 2019 saw the 4th straight year of above-average storm activity, including the disastrous Hurricane Dorian, a category 5 storm that heavily impacted the Bahamas. Even without a direct hit, 2019's storm season left a significant amount of water damage in South Florida and RCI Home and Mold Inspections assisted many homeowners and businesses throughout the summer and fall. As an independent mold inspection company in Boca Raton, we evaluated and tested dozens of homes and businesses both immediately after storm damage and again after the repairs were done. As licensed home inspectors, we found home buyers were particularly keen to have thorough home inspections completed before investing in a new home.

Each year meterologists at NOAA and Colorado State University produce pre-season and mid-season forecasts for hurricane season.  During our winter months, the hurricane pre-season prediction focuses on whether there is an El Niño present or expected to develop. An El Niño is a global weather pattern that forms along the equator in the Pacific Ocean and, in a strong El Niño year, Florida has a tendancy to see fewer hurricanes as the atmospheric wind patterns of El Niño negatively impact storms developing in the Atlantic Basin.  

For 2020, the pre-season forecast is predicting a slightly above average hurricane season.  This is due to a fairly neutral El Niño during December 2019, slightly warmer sea surface temperatures and average trade winds. Even if South Florida does not see a landfall, our communities will surely see storms with heavy rain, lightening and damaging winds.

Thunderstorm damage, heat, and humidity.

Hurricane Irma Mold InspectionA powerful summer thunderstorm can pack roof-damaging winds any day of the week in Florida. Our mold inspection team wants renters, home owners and business to know the facts about mold, mildew and the implication for health and property safety. Mold and mildew growth takes hold within 24-48 hours in a warm, wet environment. Most of us experienced at least 24 hours without power and AC during this storm, so as we dry out and recover from Irma most homes and businesses are as risk of mold and mildew related issues.

The role of an independent mold inspector

As insurance claims and home repairs get underway, it is critical that homeowners, businesses and renters ensure that the water damage and mold remediation is done properly. RCI Home and Mold Inspection Boca Raton works independently from insurance claims processors and mold remediation companies. After inspection and testing, our mold inspectors produce a report that outlines a specific plan for proper remediation of mold and mildew. This plan follows stringent industry standards for mold remediation and your restoration company or general contractor can use this report as part of the blueprint for making your home or business whole again.

When to request a mold inspection and testing?

In the case of prolonged power outages, humidity can build up in your home or business. Testing for mold can give you peace of mind and alert you to ongoing damage to your structure and health.

Before and after remediation and restoration. Starting with a mold test will help identify the extent of the problem as well as what types of mold are present. It’s important to know if moisture, mildew and mold have moved beyond the visibly impacted areas to places that you cannot easily see, like your AC system, or inside your walls. It is not uncommon for people to discover problems like black mold and mildew months after the original date of loss.

After restoration work in complete, insurance loss adjusters will be keen to settle your claim. Often they have contracted the remediation company for you and are mindful of getting the job done fast and economically. Independent follow up inspection and testing is critical to making sure the job has been done properly. Protect your investment and your health.

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OUR SERVICES

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Mold Inspections

Mold testing and inspections detect the presence of mold spores in an indoor environment and the quantify amounts found in the air or a surface. Another purpose of a mold inspection is to determine the cause of the indoor home or office air quality problem and the solution.

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Residential Inspections

A residential home inspection is a limited, non-invasive, visual inspection examination of the structure and components of a home and to find deficiencies or items that are unsafe or not working as intended.

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Commercial Inspections

A commercial inspection is a limited, non-invasive, visual inspection examination of the structure and components of a property and to find deficiencies or items that are unsafe or not working as intended.

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Mold Testing

The purpose of testing is to determine the presence of mold spores in an indoor environment and the amounts found in the air or a surface. Mold testing is a tool we use to determine air quality. Another purpose of a mold inspection is to determine the cause of the indoor air quality problem and the solution.

What we do

Non-invasive visual evaluation, moisture map the home, air samples and surface samples, written protocol and report within 3-5 business days. With over 20 years of experience and a scientific approach, we serve home and business owners seeking an independent mold assessment in Boca Raton, Fort Lauderdale, West Palm Beach and throughout South Florida. We specialize in identifying the problem and, importantly, providing critical, objective analysis before and after third-party remediation work is done. RCI does not perform remediation or repairs ourselves. Our role is to perform unbiased and accurate mold testing and evaluation of your home, rental property or business that are based upon scientific results, as well as many years of experience.  Above all, we work for you and we deliver straightforward facts regarding the presence of molds, fungus, allergens and unwanted moisture in your home or office.
Our certified pre-sale home inspectors conduct a comprehensive, non-invasive visual inspection of the house and produce a written report according to the standards of the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors (InterNACHI).  We inspect over 400 items in a typical Florida home in areas including the generally accessible structure of the roof, attic and insulation; the exterior of the home including the driveway, walkways, patios and decking; the plumbing and electrical systems; the air conditioning and heating; the doors, windows, including the garage door; and the foundation. Our objective is to document the observable condition of the property and identify defects within specific systems or components as outlined by InterNACHI. Our reports contain detailed descriptions and photos that provide the home buyer with unbiased assessment of the 'as is' condition of the property.  Reports are completed and emailed within 2-3 business days. 
A comprehensive visual inspection, we use state of the art instruments written report with photos and written estimates for repairs within 3-5 business days.
Air and surface samples are collected and analyzed for mold spores, allergens and Volatile Organic Compounds known as VOC’s.  VOC’s are carbon-based chemicals that can evaporate into the air and may not be detectable by odor.  Testing and analysis is expertly performed by our inspectors or through our partners at AEML, Inc. Microbiology Laboratories, a lab accredited by the American Association for Laboratory Accreditation for Biological Testing.

 

 

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