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RAISED HOME WITH WATER PROBLEMS

I often encounter raised homes with water problems in New Orleans during my home inspections. Surprisingly, the percentage is high, I would say that I encounter this on about 80% of my home inspections. I guess the reason is clear: it’s a lot of hard work for yourself, or you have to pay a landscaping…

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METAIRIE MOLD TEST

Pictured is my mold sampling kit that was set up on outdoor furniture in Metairie. The pump pulls air through a plastic tube and a cartridge, which is called an Air O Cell. The cartridge traps the spores that are floating in every air sample. So yes, toxic mold is in every breath of air that…

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BATS AT METAIRIE HOME INSPECTION

Bats are beautiful. At least that was the name of the class I used to help teach at Calloway Gardens in Georgia. It was there that I learned to appreciate bats and what they do for us. Pictured is a cage that I found attached to the soffit on a Metairie home inspection. It took…

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DIRTY COILS OR MOLD IN HOME INSPECTION

Spotting dirty air conditioning coils or mold during a home inspection can be easy. I make it a habit to open up the vent on the cold air return under every air handler. About 30% of time I can see the open coils inside the unit. I commonly see water damage of the return compartment,…

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TOXIC MOLD TESTING RESULTS

We do mold testing here at Sunshine Home Inspection. Our owner is a real atmospheric scientist so it’s a natural thing, a good fit. Mold testing is in our wheel house as they say. We recently did a toxic mold inspection and test in New Orleans and the results were as expected. The mold inspection…

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MOLDY GYM

Observations I recently conducted a mold test at an area gym and the results were jocking, I mean shocking. The first thing I noticed as I entered the large locker room/gym is that it was the coldest indoor room that I have ever been in. I would guess around 65 degrees or so. My client…

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MOLD HOUSE

Looks can be deceiving. I inspected a beautiful Uptown home that has undergone a recent renovation. The exterior façade and interior looked amazing, very nice work by the contractor but something was overlooked….science. This is something that I see flippers and renovators frequently miss. There was no detectable mold on the inside of the home…

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ZIP LEVEL

I thought it would be nice to briefly explain a few home inspection tools. I use these on every inspection in New Orleans, Metairie and in Kenner where it is a must. Zip Level – This takes a relative elevation differential of the foundation. It is like a water level and it is very accurate,…

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