Mold Removal & Testing in Knoxville
Volunteer Inspection Services, LLC is available for consultations Monday through Saturday, 8:00AM – 9:00PM. Contact us today!
Many of our clients are pleased with how easy it is to get in contact with us. We strive to answer your call, email or text eighteen hours a day including weekends. If we miss your call you can expect a prompt return call, text or email.
Talk to Us:
Every Inspection Starts with your call for information. We listen to your concerns, ask a few questions to clearly understand your needs and then suggest steps forward to get the answers you need.
Schedule an Appointment:
We are responsive to your schedule and needs. Typically we can schedule an inspection within 24 hours or less in the metropolitan Knoxville area. Typically our inspections require us to be onsite at your property for 1 to 3 hours depending on size and scope of your concern.
Privacy and Confidentiality:
We arrive in an unmarked vehicle and are sensitive to your need for privacy and confidentiality. We will not share any information with your neighbors, tenants, employees or others without your prior approval. All information we gather is documented and remains confidential.
We have been told by our clients that our fees for service are very reasonable. A specific fee or range will be quoted to you prior to scheduling the inspection. We don’t like surprises either! Payments can be made with check, credit card or cash upon completion of our onsite visit.
Our Inspection Process:
We will arrive on time or call you prior to our scheduled appointment if we are delayed. Courtesy and respect for your schedule is important to us.
We follow all nationally established inspection protocols.
Our Inspection Methodology:
Every inspection begins with a short interview with our client to understand concerns, and a tour of the building to understand the layout and areas of concern. Sometimes we will recommend additional areas to be included in the inspection based upon our observations, experience and your best interests.
We will perform a detailed inspection of all readily accessible areas of the building using our specialized inspection process and tools. All of our inspections are nondestructive unless we discuss the need in advance.
Special Tools and Technology:
We have invested more than $ 45,000 in special tools, including:
- Moisture Meters
- Infrared Thermal Imaging Cameras
- Fiber Optic Scopes
- Sampling and Collection Equipment
- Specialized Lights and Cameras
18 years of experience and hundreds of hours of training have equipped us to provide you with the best indoor air quality inspection in East Tennessee.
We will recommend the type of sampling or other techniques if they are indicated based on our inspection. No testing or collections are performed beyond the inspection without a recommendation and discussing the cost and benefits with you first. Remember, no suprises!
Analysis and Recommendation:
We love to do a walk along, post-inspection review with our clients to review our findings and answer your questions while we are on site. If samples were collected they are promptly transported to a professional / independent lab for analysis and reporting. Our clients are provided with a digital copy of the lab report for their files.
Reports, Referrals and Prescribed Treatment:
At the clients request we are happy to provide an easy to read written report of our findings, recommendations for correction and referrals to service providers to perform recommended work.
Some firms offer free inspections. We think they are worth what they charge. Chances are they are only trying to sell you expensive services or products that you don’t need. Generally nothing free is good and nothing good is free.
Call us for the truth and the best information for your needs.
Mold & Children
Mold can have disastrous impact on the most vulnerable among us. Studies are indicating that long-term exposure to even moderate levels of mold in our infancy and youth can have a lifetime impact on us.
Children are especially prone to the impact of mold and mycotoxin exposure.
When we think about the world of a child we need to think about where they spend most of their waking time. Children explore the world at floor level as compared to adults who spend 80 to 90% of their time four to six feet off the floor.
The child’s exposure to dusts, dander bacterias and molds are very high at floor level.
Consider that children take nearly four times the breaths per minute than the average adult.
- Newborns average 44 breaths per minute
- Infants average 20 to 40 breaths per minute
- Pre-school children average 20 to 30 breaths per minute
- Adults average 12 to 20 breaths per minute
- Adults during strenuous exercise average 35 to 40 breaths per minute.
On the floor children are hyper exposed to chemical compounds in the forms of paint, varnishes, cleaning products, dust mites, pesticides and a multitude of other pollutants that a adults would rarely come into contact with on a daily basis.
But wait a minute before you rush off to clean your floor! Take this quiz and ask yourself: IS THIS YOUR CHILD?
Does your child:
- Have dark circles under their eyes?
- Get frequent nose bleeds?
- Have consistent or cyclical (twice a month to consistent) allergic type reactions?
- “Get well” when they are away from home for a few hours?
- Regularly return home from school or day care sick or complaining of a headache?
- Have a diagnosis as a slow learner or behavior problem?
- Have strong cravings for certain scents, odors or foods?
We have helped hundreds of East Tennessee families improve the health of their homes and are eager to do the same for you.
Senior Citizens and Mold Exposure
Exposure to indoor molds is generally unhealthy to anyone. Some folks like senior citizens may develop more severe symptoms faster than others.
Those at greatest risk are:
- Babies and children
- Elderly people
- Persons with compromised immune systems. (Chemotherapy, lung and heart disease and those on anti-inflammatory medicines like prednisone)
- Seniors and others with respiratory conditions, allergies and asthma
In East Tennessee several molds are capable of producing toxins (mycotoxins) that can be rapidly absorbed into the instestines, lungs and skin of our aging friends. They are:
- Stachybotrys (aka Black Mold)
The short and long-term consequences to these toxins are largely known and still under scrutiny by environmental physicians and researchers. Chemicals found in toxic mold spores have known severe health impacts on senior citizens and those with the above risk factors.
Short term symptoms of senior citizen mold exposure:
- Nose and sinus congestion
- Dry hacking cough
- Chest tightness
- Trouble breathing
- Asthma or worsening asthma symptoms
- Respiratory infections
- Eye and skin irritation
Higher, more toxic levels of exposure long term can produce devastating consequences such as:
- Hyper sensitivity – pulmonary fibrosis
- Lung bleeding (hemosiderosis)
- Stomach and or cardiac conditions
- Endocrine disorders
Reality Check – Please!
In our experience seniors are more susceptible to mold exposure due to the fact that they are less aware of conditions in their homes. Water leaks are less likely to be noticed quickly. Maintenance tends to get differed due to cost and lack of awareness. Clutter accumulates and masks abnormal conditions. Odors are less notable due to reduced olfactory sensitivities.
Often the children of our senior clients notice something amiss in the senior’s home and call us to perform an inspection as they start putting their parents symptoms and conditions within the home together.
We Love Seniors
Nearing that season in life ourselves, we are proud to serve them and find it greatly rewarding to help them improve the safety of their home through our professional inspection process.