Welcome to Mold Hackers™, your local Indoor Air-Quality / Mold-Inspection and Testing company NOT involved in the remediation process, offering the lowest mold-sampling prices available. If this is your first time getting such an inspection, we cannot urge you enough to use a company NOT involved in the remediation process to avoid the conflict of interest created when doing so. Serving the NoVa, DC & MD metro area, Fairfax County and up to an hour in any direction thereof, Mold Hackers offers unbiased mold testing with only the latest technology available to collect air and surface samples, including the use of FLIR™ Infrared Thermal Imaging cameras & moisture-meters to detect moisture inside your walls, floors & ceiling cavities where moisture could be breeding mold without being visible.
Direct surface swabs are used to collect visible growth that will tell us whether they are toxic and could be harming you or your loved ones, especially if it looks like a mold type that is not usually airborne like Stachybotrys, aka "Black Mold", and how they should be remediated. Air Sampling as well will tell us how toxic the varieties are, and whether your indoor air quality is above or below a healthy level & will decide whether remediation is recommended to begin with. It very well may not, even if noted on a house inspector's report. It is our job to confirm whether or not an actual problem exists worth an expensive remediation. Our lab report will indicate exactly how many spores per cubic meter of every mold type are in the area or floor tested, where and how to eradicate any indoor growing mold to ultimately put a stop to the gaseous toxins they give off through their metabolization process that can lead to poor health or even death when ignored. NEXT DAY RESULTS! Sometimes same day service is available depending on our schedule and when you call, but results come the following business day regardless.
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We currently offer an all-inclusive SEASON SALE PRICE of $249, which includes a top to bottom inspection regardless of size, the first 2 air samples, (one inside and one outside 'control' sample,) with further surface or air samples available for only $75ea when requested by you, our client, or recommended when visual/thermal imaging evidence of water intrusion after a leak, visible growth or when any other area of concern is found, but either way, the total number of samples and the final price will be up to you alone. Also included with our service with use of a Flir UV Thermal Imaging Cam & moisture meter on walls & surfaces to check for internal unseen mold-breeding moisture, is a free Full-spectrum Geiger Counter Radiation Test (when spiked can indicate the presence of radon,) or any other type of radiation, along with a TDS tap water test for Total Dissolved Solids like heavy metals that can accumulate and lead to all sorts of mental issues down the road, along with a Formaldehyde(HCHO) & a VOC Gas Levels test, in case your mold samples are within normal ranges. (We like to cover ALL the bases, just in case mold is not causing any unexplained illnesses you or your residents may be experiencing.) Click here for more details on these free services included at no extra cost to you, our client.
YOUR FIRST MOLD INSPECTION? -WHAT WE DO FOR YOU:
Unless you have dealt with similar issues in the past, it is very common to be confused about what to do and where to start. We will answer these questions for you, and in some cases leave your appointment without charging you a dime. There are cases in which sampling simply isn't necessary once we inspect all the areas of concern. We are an honest family-owned company that will only suggest testing samples from your home if we feel it is required for the health of your property's occupants due to clues showing a moldy environment. Sometimes it just turns out to be a bad case of mildew, which though smelly, is not harmful to humans. It just smells bad and can be cleaned up by a normal contractor or even yourself, to avoid a costly mold remediation crew.
It is very common to have moisture/humidity in basements as cinder-blocks and foundation cement is porous, and they are often built too close to ground-water or downspouts. If not in a climate-controlled basement, humidity is often above 65%rh during our warmer months, allowing humidity alone to be enough of a water source to support an indoor-mold situation. And if your HVAC system is in such a basement, it could be spreading deadly mold-spores & the carcinogenic gaseous toxins they give off throughout your entire property via the air-ducts. (In some cases, the source can even be the HVAC system itself.) Each case is different and treated as uniquely as the situation at hand. But fear not, every situation can be fixed, and often for much less than you might imagine. This is what we can help you figure out before you get estimates from remediation companies that often claim to test with sub-par equipment, and may be reporting mold levels that don't exist, or are at normal levels all residences have.
Hopefully after our visit, you will be well on your way to the mold-free, healthy environment you deserve. Feel free to call and speak with us about your specific situation, and we will be happy to set up a convenient appointment that fits your schedule, or EMAIL or text us with the day and time you prefer. We do not charge for any phone consultations or estimates.
TYPICAL REASONS WHY:
Our clients generally call us into their home or business for one or more of the following reasons-
Toddlers or a New Baby on the way -Mold generally affects unborn babies, toddlers and the elderly the most, anyone with a diminished immune system, allergies, or ineffective HLA genes; over time, the worst types can even leave an otherwise healthy person at any age with chronic health problems, allergies they weren't born with that can lead to anafalactic shock like from nuts or shellfish, and even death if ignored.
Peace of Mind for a New Real Estate Purchase -A property inspected even by the best Home Inspector cannot see mold growing inside a wall cavity. Its microscopic spores and resulting toxic gasses are odorless and invisible to the naked eye. You can be breathing it in without knowing it 'til you start showing symptoms or have our professional air-sampling test show every type of mold in the property, how many spores per cubic meter, what effects and types of gaseous toxins they give off, the effects they have on people, and how to get rid of them based on your unique case. Sometimes the nicest, cleanest looking & smelling houses still have high black-mold (Stachybotrys Chartarum) counts, or other toxic varieties simply because it's hidden from direct view. Many common varieties in our area remain toxic dead or alive, and with those toxic varieties, even dead, the airborne spores themselves remain toxic and can be extremely harmful to breathe in. Over time they can cause permanent brain damage, blood/heart problems, asthma, headaches, dizziness, nosebleeds, dementia, lung infections, cancer, skin rashes, emphysema; the list goes on and on. Please see our videos page for much more on this with other families interviewed describing what their family members went through at all ages.
Unexplained or Undiagnosed Health/Respiratory Issues
Recent Water Intrusion from rain, plumbing leakage, or high humidity (above 65%rh can cause mold growth within 24hrs) -Most people think mold is more likely to exist in older houses. While this can be true, we also find plenty of problems in brand new homes when they are built too efficiently. When there is a hidden leak or high humidity, the water vapor in a highly efficient house has no where to go. The house cannot "breathe" in other words. An older house, while not as efficient at keeping it's climate controlled, will often breathe more easily, thus letting any accumulated humidity/water vapor escape and evaporate before it can cause a mold issue.
Visible Microbial Growth
A Musty, Mildew-like Smell -Most often in basements as they are usually the most humid floor, if there is mold breeding, dangerous spores can be spread throughout the property via the HVAC system and/or normal indoor air currents. A mold source on one floor is generally 50% less on each floor above or below the source floor.
WITH INTEGRITY & ACCURACY ABOVE ALL
With nothing but 5-STAR reviews, we help people in all situations find out not only if they have a mold problem or not, but also where the source is if possible, and how to have it remediated for the lowest possible cost, along with our added free services in case mold isn't the issue, or isn't the only issue. We have come behind countless companies that call themselves "Mold Inspectors and Remediators", and more often than not, they inflate the numbers in your results and tell you there is a much bigger problem than actually exists. They even go so far as to tell you that you must leave the property while they perform this "remediation" so that you can't see that there is in fact no mold in the extra walls and floors they want thousands of your hard earned dollars to tear down and replace themselves. You would not believe how many have fallen for this SCAM! Most of them also don't want you to know that not all molds are dangerous. The truth is that we are always breathing in mold spores indoors and out, (outdoor levels are about ten times higher and come indoors every time you open a door or window, but luckily most spores are harmless til they find a place with moisture and a food-source to colonize, and give off toxic gaseous mycotoxins through their metabolization process) and there are acceptable levels, or humans would simply not exist.
We can determine from your confidential lab results whether or not your indoor levels indicate indoor growth, and whether or not they are of toxic varieties that have no "normal acceptable level". Any inspection or "petri-dish DIY test done without precise air-sampling is simply a guess at what could be a deadly situation or no problem at all. Our air and surface samples provide hard evidence and a legal report that you can use in court as evidence, if necessary, against a builder, landlord, or as a defense against the same from a buyer or renter, and most importantly, for your health! And since we are not involved in any way with remediation, we have no conflict of interest in finding problems that don't exist. With your results, you will be getting the written results from two separate licensed and regulated scientific entities for the price of one; ours, and our fully accredited microbiological lab called Seeml, or Southeastern Environmental Microbiological Laborities, where we send your samples for processing in overnight, sealed containers, along with a Chain of Custody document similar to those used for crime scene evidence. This speed of overnighting and having our reports emailed back in one business day allows us to give you NEXT DAY RESULTS that could save your life, or those of your loved ones, including pets!
Any respectable mold remediation company that is suggesting that a home or business needs professional intervention should support the idea of a third party company like MoldHackers coming in to do an inspection FIRST, and ONLY if our objective recommendation based on your lab results calls for remediation should a remediator be brought in to do so, and ONLY in the areas found to be affected.
We always prefer to find that our clients are safe and that elevated conditions do not exist. However, when a problem is present, we offer a detailed lab report and consultation with your chosen remediator, . In the long run, you are going to save money by getting an inspection with iron-clad, reliable, unbiased test results showing whether there is a problem or not, before it becomes a much more expensive problem possibly requiring the gutting of the entire property, or paying remediators to do the same without hard evidence of a real problem. Please give us a call or text anytime at 571-278-8319, or EMAIL US to set up an appt with your preferred day & time, and we will contact you to confirm the time slot's availability.
Here is a breakdown of our service process:
E-MAIL, text, or call 571-278-8319 to Schedule an Appointment.
Mold Inspector arrives and conducts a Visual Inspection of the Property.
Air and Surface Samples are collected where agreed necessary, along with an outdoor control sample to show your normal outdoor levels.
Samples are sent to our Independent Lab for Microscopic Analysis.
Client and Inspector Receive Lab Results.
Inspector Provides Client with Layman's explanation of Lab Results, and a Remediation Protocol (if Needed).
(In serious cases, this may suggest vacating the property until remediation, if affected areas can't be avoided by temporarily containing the area.)
Clearance-Testing optional after remediation to ensure the areas are in fact mold-free per the remediator's guarantee. (This is sometimes required in the event of a real-estate sale.)
We have thousands of inspections under our belt, and can answer your questions based on many years of experience in every situation imaginable.