Pristine Inspections & Testing servicing most of central Illinois, is your premier source for mold testing, radon testing, and full home inspections. Since 2007, we have been keeping homeowners safe, and testing for mold and other harmful substances.
Molds are various types of fungi that grow in filaments and reproduce by forming spores. The term “mildew” refers to some kinds of mold, particularly mold in the household with a white or grayish color, or mold growing in shower stalls and bathrooms. Mold may grow indoors or outdoors and it thrives in damp, warm, and humid environments. Mold is ubiquitous and found in essentially any environment, year round.
Molds reproduce by forming tiny spores that are not visible to the naked eye. Mold spores are very hardy and can survive under conditions in which mold cannot grow, such as in dry and harsh environments. These spores travel through outdoor and indoor air. When the mold spores land on a surface where moisture is present, mold can then start to grow.
Outdoors, molds play a role in the decomposition of organic matter such as dead trees, compost, and leaves. They are most common in damp, dark areas or areas of decomposing plant life. Indoors, mold is often found in basements or shower stalls. Indoor mold has the potential to cause health problems and can destroy surfaces and objects where it grows.
Mold Testing consists of a control sample taken on the exterior of the house, which tells us the amount of mold in the air as a basis to determine if the house has elevated levels of mold. Each inside mold air sample will cover approximately 1000 sq. ft. of indoor space, so if you have more than 1000 sq. ft. or multiple levels, multiple indoor samples will be required to cover all of the indoor space.
For air samples we draw through a trap which causes the particles to stick to a slide. The samples are sent overnight to the lab and results are provided at the end of the next day. The report details the different types of mold and levels along with a probable cause.
• Air Samples (minimum of 2 required). Each sample: $125.00
• Mold Carpet Cartridge $125.00
• Mold Swab $125.00
Contact us today for pricing and to to make an appointment for mold testing in your home.
Indoor Air Quality Testing
Pristine Inspections & Testing of Champaign, Illinois, offers indoor air quality and formaldehyde testing for nearby businesses and residences.
Indoor Air Quality Testing
Indoor pollution sources that release gases or particles into the air are the primary cause of indoor air quality problems in homes. Inadequate ventilation can increase indoor pollutant levels by not bringing in enough outdoor air to dilute emissions from indoor sources and by not carrying indoor air pollutants out of the home. High temperature and humidity levels can also increase concentrations of some pollutants. Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are gases that are given off by a number of indoor sources. Concentrations of most volatile organic compounds are higher in indoor air than outdoor air.
Pristine Inspections & Testing can check for 400+ airborne chemicals (Total Volatile Organic Compounds) and hidden mold growth (Total Mold Volatile Organic Compounds) with a single air sample, TVOC/TMVOC test. It identifies solvents possibly used in Meth labs, sulfur compounds found in contaminated Chinese drywall, pollutants that could make you sick.
Formaldehyde, a colorless, pungent-smelling gas, can cause watery eyes, burning sensations in the eyes and throat, nausea, and difficulty in breathing in some humans exposed at elevated levels (above 0.1 parts per million). High concentrations may trigger attacks in people with asthma. There is evidence that some people can develop sensitivity to formaldehyde. It has also shown to cause cancer in animals and may cause cancer in humans. The test for Formaldehyde runs for 20-30 minutes.
Take advantage of a special bundled price for the Formaldehyde Test with a TVOC/TMVOC test; contact us today.
Clean, fresh water is essential to any living or working environment. By testing your water for coliform bacteria, you can protect your family or office from infection or long-term health effects.
Total coliform bacteria are common in the environment (soil or vegetation) and are generally harmless. If a lab detects only total coliform bacteria in drinking water, the source is probably environmental and fecal contamination is unlikely. However, if environmental contamination can enter the system, pathogens could get in too. It is important to find and resolve the source of the contamination.
Fecal coliform bacteria are a subgroup of total coliform bacteria. They exist in the intestines and feces of people and animals. The presence of fecal coliform in a drinking water sample often indicates recent fecal contamination. That means there is a greater risk that pathogens are present. Pristine Home Inspections gives you quick, reliable water testing to ensure your water is safe to use and consume. This is the common water test that most banks or real estate transactions require for rural properties that are on well water. Results are returned in as little as 48 hours with no stress or inconvenience.
Find out what is in your drinking water and protect your family. Contact Pristine Inspections & Testing for residential and commercial water testing in the Mount Zion and Maroa, IL areas.
Coliform/Bacteria $100.00 each
Nitrates and nitrites are nitrogen-oxygen chemical units which combine with various organic and inorganic compounds. The greatest use of nitrates is as a fertilizer. Once taken into the body, nitrates are converted to nitrites. The major sources of nitrates in drinking water are runoff from fertilizer use; leaking from septic tanks, sewage; and erosion of natural deposits.
Lead Swab Tests
Pristine Inspections & Testing protects your investments as well as your safety with complete inspection services and meticulous care. Pristine covers many of the most common building hazards, including lead paint testing. Lead paint can be extremely harmful to children and adults, causing cardiovascular, nervous system and other problems after repeated exposure. By testing your building for lead paint, you can protect yourself, your family or business from illness.
Lead paint and lead poisoning are commonly found in homes and businesses built before 1978. Dangerous amounts of lead were used in paints and finishes at this time and can be present on walls, doors, windows, sills and other areas of the building. Pristine’s inspectors will test using a lead swab that provides immediate results in your home or office, allowing you to take preventative measures in the case of exposure or enjoy peace of mind if not.
Take proactive measures against lead poisoning and get your home, real estate prospects, business or other building tested. Contact Pristine Inspections & Testing today to schedule a lead paint testing in Forsyth, Champaign and the surrounding Illinois areas.