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Complete mold testing, indoor air quality analysis, microbiology testing, full report, and mold remediation / clearance letter.
 
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"I am an independant third party indoor air quality technician which means I work for you. I do not have a repair company or remediation company ready to charge thousands for repairs like most every one of my competitors."
"We use the newest state of the art equipment to do indoor air quality testing, mold inspections, and mold testing. We use the worlds largest analytical laboratory to analyze our samples. So be careful with these companies running around Atlanta doing inspections, their own testing, and their own remediation this is a huge conflict of interest that could cost you thousands."

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MOLD - Please Read This !!!

It is what we do not see in the air that can harm us. If we see spots of mold on a wall is it alive and producing spores into the air and making your family sick? We perform indoor air quality and mold inspections working for you as an independant third party. We have no vested interest in repairs so be very careful of any Atlanta mold inspector that does remediation also. We will recommend the right people if repairs and remediation are needed for you.
Stachybotrys mold is DEADLY...
Do you have children?
Are there senior citizens?
Dogs and cats will die first...
Why wait to protect your family?

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A Must Read

Body Systems
 

Mold can cause adverse reactions in humans. There are various entry routes that may allow mold egress into the body.

How Mold Can Affect the Respiratory System

The human respiratory system is comprised of your nose, mouth, lungs, trachea, and esophagus. The human nose contains cilia (tiny hairs) and mucous membranes which are designed to catch foreign objects and prevent them from entering further into the respiratory system. The trachea works in a similar manner to catch foreign objects. The lungs contain bronchioles which then lead to many small air sacks. These air sacks distribute air into your blood stream. Mold can cause sneezing, excess mucous production, stuffy sinusitis, and other unpleasant affects. Some mycotoxins (toxins produced by some molds) can cause bleeding lungs and nose. Mold can also be ingested through the mouth down the esophagus into the stomach.

How Mold Can Affect the Human Nervous System

The brain, spinal cord, and nerves comprise the human nervous system. Your brain interprets the feedback from the nerves via our senses and processes this information. Humans then react to this information and behavior in a particular manner. The spinal cord is the information relay center. The medulla also controls breathing and heartbeat. Some nerves communicate sensory information while others help your muscles move a certain direction. Mold can cause memory loss, tremors, numbness, and profound mood or personality changes.

The Vascular Affects of Mold

The heart, blood, and blood vessels comprise the human vascular system. The heart pumps blood throughout the body via arteries, vessels, and capillaries. Arteries take blood away from the heart and veins bring the blood back to the heart. Infection caused by sufficient mold exposure can also adversely change white cells counts while a person is ill.

Mold's Effects on Skin

Skin is the largest organ in the human body and prevents the entry of germs into open tissue. The skins is comprised of 3 layers: the dermis (middle layer), epidermis (top layer), and subcutaneous fat (protective layer). Mold can cause skin rashes, swelling, welts, itching, and pain. People react differently to the same and similar exposure level and time. In addition, repeat exposure to mold can cause some people’s bodies to become even more reactive with each additional exposure.

Toxic Reactions

Health Problems That May Be Caused By Mold Exposure 

The Health Effects of Mold Exposure can be as follows:

  • Sneezing
  • Sinusitis
  • Runny Nose
  • Irritated Eyes
  • Dermatities
  • Migraines and Headaches
  • Sore Throat
  • Memory Loss
  • Fever
  • Chronic Fatigue
  • Malaise
  • Carcinogenic Effects
  • Nausea
  • Bleeding in Lungs

Stachybotyrs, Fusarium, Aspergillus, and Penicillium can cause memory loss, joint paint, headaches, fatigue, and depression. Aflavatoxin B from Aspergillus Flavus mold is one of the most potent cancer causing agents and can adversely affect pulmonary macrophage production. Mold toxins are dangerous and can cause cancer,  and suppress the immune system, damage the liver, lungs, and other organs. Some toxins are mutagenic and can actually change the genetic code resulting in birth defects


Sensitization to Mold


Individuals react differently to mold exposure. There is no set dose/time formula or relationship. In addition, in some individuals repeat exposure can cause an increasingly adverse reaction. It is best to avoid mold exposure or to use the proper PPE (such as the proper fit tested mold rated cartridged respirator) and to get a mold problem correctly promptly. Never let water stand without without cleanup within 24-48 hours or to let high humidity levels go unchecked. Remember, the cause of the moisture intrusion must be fixed or the problem will recur.

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Tips I can give you after a flood
1.Dry everything out.
2.Do not touch any possible visual mold.
3.Call us 770 590-7880 or 770 826-3575.
4.We will do indoor air quality sampling and full mold inspection.
5.We take samples to microbiology lab.
6.Test results available in 24 hours.
7.We write a full report on the lab results on how to clean the home or building properly based on the mold test results. Many times home owners or building owners can clean the air themselve but if professionals are needed I will write a Mold Remediation Specification for them to follow.
8.Follow up sampling of the air after clean up is completed and lab testing to be sure the mold spore counts are low and safe.
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Our families health is worth quite a bit especially after numerous doctor visits with no results. Did you know a simple indoor air quality inspection and microbiology testing could find the cause of sneezing, headaches, coughing, or just that sense of not quite feeling right.

Many of our clients mention that when they are at home they feel bad but once they leave the home they feel better and returning home they feel bad again. This also holds true for people going to work once they get to work they feel bad then leave the office and feel better.

We will do a full assessment of the home or office looking for any signs of indoor air contaminents or mold spores. Next we do air sampling by using an air pump that literally pulls in the air and traps these contaminants.
We then take these spore trap samples to a microbiologist for testing and checking for over twenty different forms of mold and allergens.

We will then forward the test results to you via email and review the findings with you and a course of remediation or clean up. If found early enough cleaning and disinfecting is easy with most homeowners able to do this themselves.

The tricky thing about indoor air quality testing is the things we do not see in the air that can hurt us. Stachybotrys toxic mold or as it is called black mold of course will leave signs of it's presence but many more molds just stay in the air.

Petri dishes are available at Lowes and Home Depot but they will not tell you what type mold is present nor will they tell you how much is in the air. We are in the business of trying to make our clients feel better when they don't know which way to turn after trying numerous medications and many doctor visits.

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Complete inspection, indoor air quality sampling, microbiology testing, and full report including remediation specification. Mold testing and indoor air quality testing should be a part of any real estate transaction.

Normally we can have your inspection done and the test results available within 24 hours or earlier upon request. 

We handle all residential inspections, apartments, condominiums, commercial buildings, offices, hospitals, hotels, and motel with no job being too small or too large.

Houston 713 360-8255 Atlanta - 770 590-7880
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Many of our calls are from realtors, buyers, and sellers trying to make a real estate transaction and mold spots are detected. Normally if this is caught early enough it is not a big deal we sample it, test it, and report how to clean it properly.

Our company is a totally independant third party indoor air quality inspection company which means we have no vested interest in repairs or clean up. If cleaning is needed by a professional company we will give you a name of a remediation company to clean and disinfect as needed per our reporting. So this means you are protected from companies that do the inspection, testing, and repairs which usually means thousands of dollars of unneeded repairs or cleaning costs.

We have over 20 years expertise in moisture inspections, indoor air quality inspections, amd mold inspections.

We are a member the Better Business Bureau having been in business as All Stucco and Mold Inspections Inc. since 1997.

My name is Scott Zaeske President of All Stucco and Mold Inspections with over 15,000 inspections completed and reported we are the number one indoor air quality specialists having done more inspections than all other companies combined.

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Symptoms of possible sick building syndrome: shortness of breath and/or exhaustion after minor
exercises such as walking, a burning and watering of the eyes and nose, hoarse and sore throat and chronic cough, frequent headaches, chronic fatigue, difficulty concentrating, dizziness, unexplained nausea, heart palpitations, sensitivity to odors, and nosebleeds.


If you believe you have sick building syndrome or have health problems related to mold toxins you should contact us to set up a inspection.


Sick building syndrome refers to an alarming trend among office workers who experience acute illness that researchers believe is linked toxins in the air supply of a building. Sick Building Syndrome (SBS) has been documented across the country and typically involves a large number of building workers or residents who experience ill health effects while working or living in the building. Lawyers across the country have successfully represented people adversely affected by SBS.


There are believed to be many causes of sick building syndrome including mold. Many of the conditions leading the the problem are a result of negligent design and maintenance. The primary causes of Sick Building Syndrome are: poor ventilation, little air movement, excessive humidity, airborne pollution, and mold and mildew contamination.


The building industry in the last two decades has designed buildings that have efficient ways of holding air inside a structure to save on air conditioning costs. Unfortunately the trapped air is often not filtered properly or circulated. The buildings are tightly sealed, but often lack adequate ventilation, leading to moisture buildup.The air control system can become invaded by mold spores leading to a rash of Sick Building Syndrome.


The symptoms of Sick Building Syndrome include common maladies such as headaches as well as respiratory infections,asthma and serious allergies. Additional symptoms related to SBS include cough, chest tightness, fever, chills, muscle aches, and allergic reactions such as mucous membrane irritation and upper respiratory congestion.


Occupational Safety and Health Administration, estimated that as many as a third of the 70 million Americans work in buildings that are contain air quality problems and contaminants, including molds and bacteria.

Please review some of the links below to help educate yourself about mold and some of the health risks associated with it.


We also do Methamphetamine testing of homes and commercial buildings be sure to check the home you plan on buying to be sure.

Call us today...for results tomorrow.
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Orlando - 407 314-2975

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Air Quality in the Home

Quick Facts...
  • Indoor air quality can be worse than that of outdoor air.
  • Problems can arise from moisture, insects, pets, appliances, radon, materials used in household products and furnishings, smoke and other sources.
  • Effects range from minor annoyances to major health risks.
  • Remedies include ventilation, cleaning, moisture control, inspections, and following manufacturers' directions when using appliances and products.
Research has shown that the quality of indoor air can be worse than that of outdoor air. Many homes are built or remodeled more tightly without regard to the factors that assure fresh and healthy indoor air. Our homes today contain many furnishings, appliances and products that can affect indoor air quality.
Signs of indoor air quality problems include:
  • Unusual and noticeable odors.
  • Stale or stuffy air.
  • Noticeable lack of air movement.
  • Dirty or faulty central heating or air conditioning equipment.
  • Damaged flue pipes or chimneys.
  • Unvented combustion air sources for fossil fuel appliances.
  • Excessive humidity.
  • Presence of molds and mildew.
  • Health reaction after remodeling, weatherizing, using new furniture, using household and hobby products, or moving into a new home.
  • Feeling noticeably healthier outside.
Common Sources of Air Quality Problems
Poor indoor air can arise from many sources. At least some of the following contaminants can be found in almost any home:
  • Moisture and biological pollutants such as molds, mildew, dust mites, animal dander and cockroaches from high humidity levels, inadequate ventilation, and poorly maintained humidifiers and air conditioners.
  • Combustion products, including carbon monoxide, from unvented fossil fuel space heaters, unvented gas stoves and ovens, and backdrafting from furnaces and water heaters.
  • Formaldehyde from durable press draperies and other textiles, particle board products such as cabinets and furniture framing, and adhesives.
  • Radon, a radioactive gas from soil and rock beneath and around the home's foundation, groundwater wells and some building materials.
  • Household products and furnishings such as paints, solvents, air fresheners, hobby supplies, dry-cleaned clothing, aerosol sprays, adhesives, and fabric additives used in carpeting and furniture which can release volatile organic compounds.
  • Asbestos found in most homes more than 20 years old. Sources include deteriorating, damaged or disturbed pipe insulation, fire retardant, acoustical material and floor tiles.
  • Lead from lead-based paint dust created when removing paint by sanding, scraping or burning.
  • Particulates from dust and pollen, fireplaces, wood stoves, kerosene heaters and unvented gas space heaters.
  • Tobacco smoke, which produces particulates, combustion products and formaldehyde.
Remedies to Indoor Air Quality Problems
Living Areas
Paneling, pressed-wood furniture and cabinetry. These products may release formaldehyde gas. Remedy: Ask about formaldehyde content before buying furniture or cabinets. Some types of pressed-wood products, such as those with phenol resin, emit less formaldehyde. Also, products coated with polyurethane or laminates may reduce formaldehyde emissions. After installation open windows. Maintain moderate temperature and humidity.
Carpet. Biological pollutants can grow on water-damaged carpet. New carpet can release organic gases. Remedy: Promptly clean and dry water-damaged carpet, or remove it altogether. If adhesives are needed, ask for low-emitting ones. During installation, open doors and windows, and use window fans or room air conditioners. Vacuum regularly. Consider area rugs instead of wall-to-wall carpet. Rugs are easier to remove and clean, and the floor underneath also can be cleaned.
Floor tiles. Some contain asbestos. Remedy: Periodically inspect for damage or deterioration. Do not cut, rip, sand or remove any asbestos-containing materials. If you plan to make changes that might disturb the asbestos, or if materials are more than slightly damaged, contact a professional for repair or removal. Call your local or state health department or the Environmental Protection Agency.
Moisture. Moisture encourages biological pollutants, including allergens such as mold, mildew, dust mites and cockroaches. Remedy: If possible, eliminate moisture sources. Install and use exhaust fans. Use a dehumidifier if necessary. Remove molds and mildew by cleaning with a solution of chlorine bleach (1 cup bleach to 1 gallon water). Maintain good fresh air with natural and mechanical air circulation.
Fireplace. Your fireplace can be a source of carbon monoxide and combustion pollutants. Remedy: Open the flue when using the fireplace. Have the flue and chimney inspected annually for exhaust backdrafting, flue obstructions or cracks, excess creosote or other damage. Install smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.
Air conditioner. This can be a source of biological allergens. Remedy: If there is a water tray, empty and clean it often. Follow all service and maintenance procedures, including changing the filter.
Gas or kerosene space heater. These devices can release carbon monoxide and combustion pollutants. Remedy: Never use unvented kerosene or gas space heaters. In the room where the heater is located, provide fresh air by opening a door to the rest of the house, turning on an exhaust fan and slightly opening a window.
Tobacco smoke. Smoke contains harmful combustion and particulate pollutants, including carbon monoxide and combustion byproducts. Remedy: Do not smoke in your home or permit others to do so, especially near children. If smoking cannot be avoided indoors, open windows or use exhaust fans.
Draperies. New draperies may be treated with a formaldehyde-based finish and emit odors for a short time. Remedy: Before hanging, air draperies to ventilate odors. After hanging, ventilate the area. Maintain moderate temperature and humidity.
Lead-based paint. Paint manufactured before l978 may contain lead. Remedy: Leave lead-based paint undisturbed if it is in good condition. Before removing paint, test for lead. Do-it-yourself lead test kits are available from hardware or building supply stores. Do not sand, burn off or remove lead-based paint yourself. Hire a person with special training to correct lead-based paint problems. For more information, call 1-800-LEAD-FYI.
Animals. Many animals leave allergens, such as dander, hair, feathers or skin, in the air. Remedy: Keep pets outdoors as often as possible. Clean the entire house regularly. Deep clean areas where pets are permitted. Clean pets regularly.
House dust mites. Biological allergens can trigger asthma. Remedy: Clean and vacuum regularly. Wash bedding in hot water above 130 degrees F. Use more hard-surface finishes; they are less likely to attract and hold dust mites.
Kitchen
Household cleaners. Unhealthy or irritating vapors may be released from chemicals in products. Remedy: Select nonaerosol and nontoxic products. Use, apply, store and dispose of them according to manufacturers' directions. If products are concentrated, label the storage container with dilution instructions. Completely use up a product.
Pressed-wood cabinets. These can be a source of formaldehyde vapor. Remedy: Maintain moderate temperatures (80 degrees maximum) and humidity (about 45 percent). When purchasing new cabinets, select solid wood or metal cabinets or those made with phenol resin; they emit less formaldehyde. Ventilate well after installation.
Unvented gas stove and range. These are a source of carbon monoxide and combustion byproducts. Remedy: Keep appliance burners clean. Periodically have burners adjusted (blue flame tip, not yellow). Install and use an exhaust fan. Never use a gas range or stove to heat your home.
Bathroom
Personal care products. Organic gases are released from chemicals in some products, such as deodorant and hair sprays, shampoos, toners, nail polish and perfumes. Remedy: Select odor-free or low odor-producing products. Select nonaerosol varieties. Open a window, or use an exhaust fan. Follow manufacturers' directions when using the product and disposing of containers.
Air freshener. These products can release organic gases. Remedy: Open a window or use the exhaust fan instead. If you use air fresheners, follow manufacturers' directions. Select natural products.
Bedroom
Humidifier/vaporizer. Cold mist vaporizers can encourage biological allergens, including mold, mildew and cockroaches, that can trigger asthma and encourage viruses and bacteria. Remedy: Use and clean them according to manufacturers' directions. Refill daily with fresh water.
Moth repellents. These often contain the pesticide paradichlorobenzene. Remedy: Avoid breathing vapors. Place them in tightly sealed trunks or other containers. Store separately, away from living areas.
Dry-cleaned goods. Chemicals used in the cleaning process release organic gases. Remedy: Bring odors to the attention of your dry cleaner. Try to air out dry-cleaned goods before bringing them indoors. Seek alternatives to dry cleaning, such as hand washing items.
Utility Room
Unvented clothes dryer. Gas dryers produce carbon monoxide and combustion byproducts and can be a fire hazard. Remedy: Regularly dispose of lint around and under the dryer. Provide air for gas units. Vent the dryer directly to the outside. Clean vent and ductwork regularly.
Gas or oil furnace/boiler and gas water heater. Air quality problems include backdrafting of carbon monoxide and combustion pollutants. Remedy: Have your heating system and water heater, including gas piping and venting, inspected every year.
Asbestos pipe wrap and furnace insulation. These can release asbestos fibers into the air. Remedy: Periodically look for damage or deterioration. Do not cut, rip, sand or remove any asbestos-containing materials. If you plan to make changes that might disturb the asbestos, or if materials are more than slightly damaged, contact a professional for repair or removal.
Basement
Ground moisture. Moisture encourages biological allergens like mold and mildew. Remedy: Inspect for condensation on walls, standing water on the floor, or sewage leaks. To keep basement dry, prevent outside water from entering by installing roof gutters and downspouts, not watering close to the foundation, grading soil away from the home, and applying waterproofing sealants to basement interior walls. For standing water, consider installing a sump pump. If sewage is the source, have drains professionally cleaned. If moisture has no obvious source, install an exhaust fan controlled by humidity levels. Remove mold and mildew. Regularly clean and disinfect the basement floor drain. A dehumidifier is a must in hot humid days to remove moisture from the air.
Radon. This invisible, radioactive gas poses a lung cancer risk. Remedy: Test your home for radon. Do-it-yourself kits are easy and inexpensive. Have an experienced radon contractor fix your home if your radon level is 4 picocuries per liter (pCi/L) or higher. For more information call 1-800-SOS-RADON.
Hobby products. Chemicals in products such as solvents, paint, glue and epoxy release organic gases. Remedy: Follow manufacturers' directions for use, ventilation, application, clean-up, and container storage and disposal. Use outdoors when possible. Indoors, open a window, or use an exhaust fan. Reseal containers well. Clean tools outside or in a well-ventilated area.
Garage
Car and small engine exhaust. These are sources of carbon monoxide and combustion byproducts. Remedy: Never leave vehicles, lawn mowers, snowmobiles, etc., running in the garage.
Paint, solvent and cleaning supplies. These products may release harmful vapors. Remedy: Provide ventilation when using them. Follow manufacturers' directions. Buy only as much as you need. If the products contain methylene chloride, such as paint strippers, use them outdoors. Reseal containers well. Keep products in their original, labeled containers. Clean brushes and other materials outside.
Pesticides and fertilizers. Yard and Garden chemicals may be toxic. Remedy: Use nonchemical methods when possible. Follow manufacturers' directions for mixing, applying, storing and using protective clothing. Mix or dilute them outdoors. Provide ventilation when using them indoors. Store them outside of the home in their original, labeled containers. After using the product, remove your shoes and clean your hands and clothing to avoid bringing the chemicals into your home.
Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors
  • Install a smoke detector in each bedroom or in the adjacent hallway.
  • If you have gas or other fossil fuel appliances in the house, install carbon monoxide detectors in these locations.
  • Combination smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are available.
  • Check the batteries frequently.
Amount of Ventilation
If too little outdoor air enters a home, pollutants can accumulate to levels that can pose health and comfort problems. Unless they are built with special mechanical means of ventilation, homes that are designed and constructed to minimize the amount of outdoor air that can "leak" into and out of the home may have higher pollutant levels than other homes. However, because some weather conditions can drastically reduce the amount of outdoor air that enters a home, pollutants can build up even in homes that are normally considered "leaky".
How Does Outdoor Air Enter a House?
Outdoor air enters and leaves a house by: infiltration, natural ventilation, and mechanical ventilation. In a process known as infiltration, outdoor air flows into the house through openings, joints, and cracks in walls, floors, and ceilings, and around windows and doors. In natural ventilation, air moves through opened windows and doors. Air movement associated with infiltration and natural ventilation is caused by air temperature differences between indoors and outdoors and by wind. Finally, there are a number of mechanical ventilation devices, from outdoor-vented fans that intermittently remove air from a single room, such as bathrooms and kitchen, to air handling systems that use fans and duct work to continuously remove indoor air and distribute filtered and conditioned outdoor air to strategic points throughout the house. The rate at which outdoor air replaces indoor air is described as the air exchange rate. When there is little infiltration, natural ventilation, or mechanical ventilation, the air exchange rate is low and pollutant levels can increase.
Indoor Air Pollution and Health
Health effects from indoor air pollutants may be experienced soon after exposure or, possibly, years later.
Immediate effects
Immediate effects may show up after a single exposure or repeated exposures. These include irritation of the eyes, nose, and throat, headaches, dizziness, and fatigue. Such immediate effects are usually short-term and treatable. Sometimes the treatment is simply eliminating the person's exposure to the source of the pollution, if it can be identified. Symptoms of some diseases, including asthma, hypersensitivity pneumonitis, and humidifier fever, may also show up soon after exposure to some indoor air pollutants.
The likelihood of immediate reactions to indoor air pollutants depends on several factors. Age and pre-existing medical conditions are two important influences. In other cases, whether a person reacts to a pollutant depends on individual sensitivity, which varies tremendously from person to person. Some people can become sensitized to biological pollutants after repeated exposures, and it appears that some people can become sensitized to chemical pollutants as well.
Certain immediate effects are similar to those from colds or other viral diseases, so it is often difficult to determine if the symptoms are a result of exposure to indoor air pollution. For this reason, it is important to pay attention to the time and place symptoms occur. If the symptoms fade or go away when a person is away from home, for example, an effort should be made to identify indoor air sources that may be possible causes. Some effects may be made worse by an inadequate supply of outdoor air or from the heating, cooling, or humidity conditions prevalent in the home.
Long-term effects
Other health effects may show up either years after exposure has occurred or only after long or repeated periods of exposure. These effects, which include some respiratory diseases, heart disease, and cancer, can be severely debilitating or fatal. It is prudent to try to improve the indoor air quality in your home even if symptoms are not noticeable.
While pollutants commonly found in indoor air are responsible for many harmful effects, there is considerable uncertainty about what concentrations or periods of exposure are necessary to produce specific health problems. People also react very differently to exposure to indoor air pollutants. Further research is needed to better understand which health effects occur after exposure to the average pollutant concentrations found in homes and which occurs from the higher concentrations that occur for short periods of time.
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At All Stucco and Mold Inspections Inc. our name preceeds us in quality, honest, timely, and courteous service as we are dedicated to you our customer.
Our mission at All Stucco Inspections Inc. is working for you as a independent third party stucco or EIFS home inspection company.
We have no vested interest in repairs but we can give you a list of contractors if needed and we will protect you from companies in Atlanta doing stucco inspections and repairs.
If you do not hire us be sure you hire a company like us as an independent thrd party.
We can save you money and answer your questions about stucco, eifs, synthetic stucco,hardcoat, water damage, termite infestation, elastomeric coatings, Dow Corning caulking, moisture free warranty, and stucco bond.
Many home inspection companies are new to stucco or eifs which could hurt in the sale of a home or cost homeowners a lot of money in repair costs.
We have inspected over 15,000 stucco homes in the city of Atlanta and suburbs. Certified Moisture Free Warranty Inspector.
Our experience in eifs and stucco home inspections, chemistry, litigation, manufacturing, technical specifications, research, and development in this industry is unsurpassed.
Stucco homeowners or buyers rest assured that if these products are installed and maintained properly they will last as long if not longer than brick, wood, vinyl, or any siding system.
All Stucco Inspections Inc. does the following:
*Full moisture testing and inspection.
*Photographs of any needed upgrades.
*Written report documenting observations.
*Stucco report is ready the very same day as inspection.
*List of independant certified contractors.
*Follow-up inspection after any upgrades are completed at 1/2 the price of the original inspection cost.
Compare our services to any other stucco inspection company in Atlanta and find out that All Stucco Inspections does the most for your dollar and no other company has as much experience as we do.

We also offer a follow-up inspection at half the original price of the initial inspection. Meaning if you did have work done on your home we will come back to make sure the stucco contractor did it right.
We also inspect commercial buildings including shopping centers, malls, hotels, motels, hospitals, industrial buildings, and high rises.
We are also certified to do mold inspections of black mold, stachybotrys mold, and toxic mold along with indoor air quality and sick house syndrome testing.

Click here for mold inspections.

Click on our link below for more information on black toxic stachybotrys mold inspections.770 590-7880 or 847 989-0211 or 407 314-2696 
We bring peace of mind to our clients in offering services no other Atlanta stucco home inspection company can offer.
EIFS means Exterior Insulation and Finish Systems
you will see EFIS, EEFS, IFIS, or FEIS.

Hardcoat stucco means cement, lime, and sand
you will see stuco, stuko, stucko, or stucc-o.

Please note:Testing equipment is 50% of the stucco inspection the other 50% is our experience.
Can you trust your lifetime investment with novice home inspectors or repair companies?
"We know stucco..."

Beware of stucco repair companies doing stucco inspections which is a conflict of interest costing Atlanta area homeowners on average between $5000.00 and $7000.00 of unneeded repairs.
Be sure to call us first or as a second opinion to these stucco companies.
If you do not use All Stucco Inspections be sure who you hire is a totally independant third party inspection which our company always has been and always will be. We have no vested interest in repairs and high repair bills as we work for you to save money.770.590.7880
Fact: Infrared testing has been found inconclusive. Stucco litigation and class action does not recognize infrared moisture testing and neither should you.
We offer follow-up inspection at 1/2 the price of the original inspection charge.
We have inspected many stucco and eifs products:
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Radon Testing

Is Radon killing you?
 

Exposure to Radon Causes Lung Cancer In Non-smokers and Smokers Alike

Lung cancer kills thousands of Americans every year.  The untimely deaths of Peter Jennings and Dana Reeve have raised public awareness about lung cancer, especially among people who have never smoked.  Smoking, radon, and secondhand smoke are the leading causes of lung cancer.  Although lung cancer can be treated, the survival rate is one of the lowest for those with cancer.  From the time of diagnosis, between 11 and 15 percent of those afflicted will live beyond five years, depending upon demographic factors.  In many cases lung cancer can be prevented; this is especially true for radon.

Exposure to Radon Causes Lung Cancer In Non-smokers and Smokers Alike

Lung cancer kills thousands of Americans every year.  The untimely deaths of Peter Jennings and Dana Reeve have raised public awareness about lung cancer, especially among people who have never smoked.  Smoking, radon, and secondhand smoke are the leading causes of lung cancer.  Although lung cancer can be treated, the survival rate is one of the lowest for those with cancer.  From the time of diagnosis, between 11 and 15 percent of those afflicted will live beyond five years, depending upon demographic factors.  In many cases lung cancer can be prevented; this is especially true for radon.


Exposure to Radon Causes Lung Cancer In Non-smokers and Smokers Alike

Lung cancer kills thousands of Americans every year.  The untimely deaths of Peter Jennings and Dana Reeve have raised public awareness about lung cancer, especially among people who have never smoked.  Smoking, radon, and secondhand smoke are the leading causes of lung cancer.  Although lung cancer can be treated, the survival rate is one of the lowest for those with cancer.  From the time of diagnosis, between 11 and 15 percent of those afflicted will live beyond five years, depending upon demographic factors.  In many cases lung cancer can be prevented; this is especially true for radon.

Granite Countertops A Health Threat?

Tests Show Some Emit Radon Levels That Could Cause Concern; Marble Makers Dismiss Fears

If you have granite countertops in your home, you might consider testing them for the amounts of radon gas they give off, experts say, due to the potential that those amounts are above levels considered safe.

But marble manufacturers say flat-out that, "Radiation in granite is not dangerous."

Radon is "a cancer-causing natural radioactive gas that you can’t see, smell or taste," the Environmental Protection Agency explains on its Web site. "Its presence in your home can pose a danger to your family's health. Radon is the leading cause of lung cancer among non-smokers. Radon is the second-leading cause of lung cancer in America, and claims about 20,000 lives annually."

The popularity and demand for granite countertops has grown in the last decade, as have the types of granite available.

The amount of radon in the air is measured in "picoCuries per liter of air," or "pCi/L," and the EPA says 4 pCi/L is the level of radon exposure that requires someone to take action. The agency also says levels lower than that "still pose a risk" and "in many cases, may be reduced."

According to The New York Times, 4 picocuries is "about the same risk for cancer as smoking a half a pack of cigarettes per day."

The newspaper also reports that, "Allegations that granite countertops may emit dangerous levels of radon and radiation have been raised periodically over the past decade, mostly by makers and distributors of competing countertop materials. The Marble Institute of America has said such claims are "ludicrous" because although granite is known to contain uranium and other radioactive materials like thorium and potassium, the amounts in countertops are not enough to pose a health threat.

Indeed, health physicists and radiation experts agree that most granite countertops emit radiation and radon at extremely low levels. They say these emissions are insignificant compared with so-called background radiation that is constantly raining down from outer space or seeping up from the earth's crust, not to mention emanating from manmade sources like X-rays, luminous watches and smoke detectors.

But with increasing regularity in recent months, the Environmental Protection Agency has been receiving calls from radon inspectors as well as from concerned homeowners about granite countertops with radiation measurements several times above background levels."

On The Early Show Friday, Stanley Liebert, quality assurance director at CMT Laboratories in Clifton Park, N.Y. showed co-anchor Harry Smith a chunk of granite countertop emitting 4.4 pCi/L and said, "The probability is we're looking at a problem here, and the granite would actually be removed.

"In the lower levels," Liebert said, "we can usually improve (radon levels) by exchanging air" with systems that "bring fresh air in and exchange it with the air in the kitchen."

He says some granite countertop colors are more potentially troublesome than others: "We're seeing higher results in reds, pinks, purples. However, you've got to test them all."

The only way to know about radon levels from your granite countertops, and in your home in general, is to test for them.

Call us 770 590-7880.

Is it worth $295.00 to find out when your child is eating their sandwich off the countertop?

Radon Testing

Liz Hoffman
Providing A Voice To Stop the Nation's 2nd Leading Cause of Lung Cancer
One in five people diagnosed with lung cancer have never smoked. 

Prevention for your family starts with a simple test of  your home.  
My name is Elizabeth Hoffmann and I’m a survivor of radon induced lung cancer. Although, I have never smoked, my 15-year exposure to dangerous levels of radon in my home resulted in doctors having to remove the cancerous lower lobe of my left lung prior to my 38th birthday.
Lucky for me, they caught my cancer early.  The National Academy of Sciences (NAS) and EPA blame radon for the deaths of 21,000 Americans every year. But, their deaths, like my cancer, could have been prevented. A simple radon test at the time we bought our home in 1988 would have alerted me to fix our house before we moved in. If I’d only known...
Since few oncologists provide a potential explanation for the cause, most non-smokers diagnosed with lung cancer never make a connection to radon exposure. I would remain clueless myself, if it hadn’t been for the determination of my family to find out why. My cousin mentioned radon to my father, who tested my house upon my return from the hospital.
The purpose of this website is two-fold: First, to put a face on radon, empowering sufferers of an apparent radon-induced lung cancer (and their families) with a voice.  While it is obviously too late to prevent our cancer, our stories can convince others to prevent deadly radon exposure by testing and fixing. We can also shape public policy by convincing lawmakers and government agencies to treat the radon issue and lung cancer with the seriousness they deserve.
Second, to prevent LC victims from remaining clueless.  If you or a family member has been recently diagnosed with lung cancer, it is imperative that you test your home for radon.
If you determine radon is the likely cause of your lung cancer, we’ll simply invite you to come forward and share your story.  Together, we can make a difference for generations to come.
Doctors Warn of the Need For Prevention
People come into my office and say Doc Price I just don’t understand it. 
How can this happen to me? I don’t smoke. Nobody ever smokes around me.
How can I have lung cancer?
While it is true that most of my lung cancer patients have had a lot of tobacco exposure, the ones that are especially sad are the people who have never smoked, have never been around secondhand smoke, who have lived “good clean lives” and lo and behold, they have a cold or bronchitis, and the chest x-ray and the cat scan show they have lung cancer.
But, it is really hard to convince the public that radon is a problem when the nation’s leading housing authority, HUD, refuses to take action to prevent radon exposure.  They require a termite letter to qualify for a mortgage, yet to my knowledge a termite never killed anybody. Why are they not requiring a radon test?
We know the direct association between radon and lung cancer. But to the people at risk, it’s a totally unperceivable problem because you can’t feel it; you don’t smell it and you don’t see it.
Lung cancer kills more Americans each year (160,000) than breast, prostate and colorectal cancers combined. The EPA estimates 21,000 of them are the result of radon-induced lung cancer. That’s nearly 60 per day!”
Never underestimate the importance of prevention in all aspects of your life.  If you’re a lung cancer victim aware of all the ways it is impacting you and your family – you’d be kicking yourself if you knew something a simple as a radon detection device would have allowed you to prevent this from occurring.
Please contact us at All Stucco and Mold Inspections today 770 590-7880 and schedule a Radon test which cost only $150.00
Where Does Radon Come From?
Radon is a naturally occurring odorless, tasteless, colorless radioactive gas. It is produced by the natural breakdown of radium in soil, rock and water. Many homes and other buildings, such as schools and offices have high levels of radon. Because it's odorless and invisible and the lung cancer usually shows up over a long period of exposure, the danger of radon is often underestimated.
Because of the stack effect, radon can be drawn into the home from the soil below. Common entry points are cracks in concrete floors, utility access points, spaces around floor drains, sump pits, construction joints and tiny cracks in basement walls. The concentration will depend on the source strength and the rate of pressure driven entry.
How Does Radon Induce Lung Cancer?
    
If inhaled, airborne radon decay products become deeply lodged or trapped in the lungs, where the alphas radiate and penetrate the cells of the mucous membranes, bronchi, and other pulmonary tissues. 
The ionizing radiation energy affecting the bronchial epithelial cells is believed to initiate the process of the carcinogenesis.  Although, radon-related lung cancers are mainly seen in the upper airways, radon increases the incidence of all histological types of lung cancer, including small cell carcinoma, adenocarcinoma, and squamous cell carcinoma.
What is The Evidence?
       
More is known about the health risk of radon exposure than almost any other human carcinogen.  In fact, the University of Iowa College of Public Health recently compiled a bibliography of radon epidemiology research that took 192 pages just to list.
These include extensive studies of thousands of underground miners, carried out over more than 50 years worldwide, that have consistently shown an increase in lung cancer occurrence with exposure to radon progeny.
Miner studies have produced some interesting findings. For example, at equal cumulative exposures, low exposures in the range of EPA’s 4 pCi/L Action Level over longer periods produced greater lung cancer risk that high exposures over short periods. Non-smoking miners were observed to have a significant increased risk, even after controlling for, or in the absence of other mine exposures such as asbestos, silica, diesel fumes, arsenic, chromium, nickel, and ore dust. An added synergic effect between radon exposure and cigarette smoking was also found.
The NAS has repeatedly concluded that it is reasonable to extrapolate from the miner data to a residential situation and in doing so, consider that the effective doses per unit of exposure for people in homes is approximately 30% less than for the miners.
Residential studies have yielded similar findings.  The Iowa Residential Radon Study completed in May of 2000 determined that even at the EPA Action Level of 4 pCi/L, an approximate 50 percent excess lung cancer risk was found among the women in the study after correcting for the impact of smoking. 
A 2002 residential study conducted in northeast Spain yielded similar results. Even at concentrations far below official guideline levels, the Spanish study found that radon might lead to a 2.5-fold rise in the risk of lung cancer.
Exposures of animals further confirm that radon and its progeny cause lung cancer. Health effects observed in animals exposed to radon include lung carcinomas, pulmonary fibrosis, emphysema, and a shortening of life span. 
The incidence of respiratory tract tumors increased with an increase in cumulative exposure.  Exposure to ore dust and diesel fumes simultaneously with radon did not increase the incidence of lung tumors above that produced by radon progeny exposures alone. In a study of rats exposed to radon progeny, it was observed that the risk of lung cancer was elevated at exposure levels similar to those found in homes.
Can High Radon Levels Be Reduced?
  
A certified or licensed contractor can easily and affordably reduce elevated radon levels. Most techniques prevent radon from entering your home by drawing the radon from below the house and venting it through a pipe to the air above the house where it quickly dilutes.
Mitigation can also decrease moisture and other soil gases entering the home, reducing mold, mildew, methane, pesticide gases and other air quality problems.
Facts About Lung Cancer
     
Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States.
Lung cancer kills more Americans each year than breast, prostate and colorectal cancers combined.
Lung cancer kills more women each year than breast cancer.
Lung cancer kills 85% of newly diagnosed patients within five years.
Approximately 50% of the people diagnosed with lung cancer have never smoked or are former smokers.
Lung cancer gets few of the research dollars because of the perception it is self-inflicted by smoking.
In 2003, approximately $1,740 was spent on research per lung cancer death, compared with: $13,649 per breast cancer death, $10,560 per prostate cancer death and $4,581 per colorectal cancer death.

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Methamphetamine Lab Assessments 

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We also do methamphetamine testing and inspections...
Methamphetamine use today is becoming an epidemic with labs discovered in such structures as single family dwellings, mobile homes, vehicles, hotels, open air structures; in both urban, suburban and rural areas.


Clandestine labs have become prevalent across America. They are used for the illicit production of illegal drugs, mostly methamphetamine, PCP, GHB, or MDA (Ecstasy). Some labs have even been found with the raw materials used to concoct homemade bombs. Law enforcement departments have seen a significant rise in occurrences over the last ten years. The hazardous materials found on these premises have to be properly inspected, tested, and cleaned up. In a three year span between 2000-2002 there were over 7500 removal jobs totally over 150,000 kg of hazardous materials. A thorough understanding of the many challenges involved in working at these sites and properly abating the hazards is crucial.

Types of hazards associated with clandestine labs Individuals usually operate these makeshift labs with little to no training in chemistry. They employ crude homemade equipment to accomplish complex and dangerous chemical reactions. Due to the nature of the chemicals involved there is significant risk of explosion, fire and exposure. Clandestine lab operators have also been known to carry firearms and use booby traps; due to the paranoid delusions associated with meth usage.

The chemical agents used in the production of illegal drugs can include common household products such as methanol, ether, benzene, methylene chloride, trichloroethane, toluene, muriatic acid, sodium hydroxide, table salt, and ammonia. Some of the uncommon household items used include anhydrous ammonia, red phosphorus, iodine, and reactive metals. The poor handling, disposal, and mixing of incompatible chemicals leads to significant hazardous conditions. Once these chemicals are mixed and used in the making or `cooking` process, the production of other potentially harmful chemicals ensue.

Oftentimes, abatement workers focus strictly on the chemical hazards. However, there may be drug addicts and other visitors coming to the lab expecting it to still be operational. Wandering meth users tend to be dillusional, paranoid and desperate. Your personal protection can be at stake.

Health effects related to exposure

Working in clandestine drug labs poses significant dangers that one must be aware of or serious health effects could develop including the most extreme case of death. Knowledge of basic toxicology is crucial. The effect of a chemical can differ significantly depending on how it enters the body. Entry routes include inhalation, dermal absorption, and ingestion. Inhalation is the most common route of entry since we are continuously breathing. Noxious chemicals that are breathed in can rapidly enter the circulatory system (blood) and get transported throughout the body. Since we are performing manual labor during abatement of the lab our respiratory rate is higher leading to greater exposure. Inhalation exposure also depends on the size of the inhaled particles and the properties of the exposed chemical. Chemicals with higher solubilities tend to get absorbed into the blood system faster. Toxins can also be absorbed through the skin. Although one may not feel pain or discomfort when the chemical contacts the skin, once it is absorbed it can travel throughout the body in the blood. Ingestion is the least likely exposure method but workers should be wary of eating and drinking within the confines of the lab.

Solvents such as acetone, ether, freon, hexane, methanol, and toluene target the eyes, skin, respiratory system, central nervous system, liver, and kidneys causing such symptoms as irritation to skin, eyes, nose and throat; headache; dizziness; central nervous system depressant/depression; nausea; vomiting; and visual disturbance. Corrosive chemicals such as anhydrous ammonia, hydrochloric acid, sodium hydroxide (lye), sodium thiosulfate, sulfuric acid (drain cleaner) target the eyes, skin, and respiratory tract causing symptoms such as irritation to upper respiratory tract; cough; eye and skin irritation, inflammation and burns; gastrointestinal disturbances; thirst; chest tightness; dyspnea; muscle pain; syncope; and convulsions. Metals such as iodine, lithium metal, red phosphorus, yellow phosphorus, sodium metal used in the process can target the eyes, skin, respiratory system, central nervous system, liver, kidneys, blood, cardiovascular system causing irritation to eyes, skin, nose and respiratory tract; lacrimation; headache; chest tightness; cutaneous hypersensitivity; abdominal pain; and jaundice.

Sampling and laboratory analysis (basic, short and sweet)

Many States have specific guidelines for clearance testing associated with clandestine laboratories. For clandestine methamphetamine operations, the clearance contractor is usually required to wipe surfaces and send the samples to an accredited laboratory. NIOSH and OSHA have not published validated methods for the analysis of methamphetamine in air. OSHA has published a CSI (Chemical Sampling Information) procedure that utilizes gas chromatography with flame ionization detection (GC/FID). However, most states require gas chromatography with mass spectrometry (GC/MS). Detection limit requirements are sub microgram methamphetamine per wipe.

Samples can be taken from kitchen areas of the home where cooking activities are intensified. The clearance contractor should take samples from the refrigerator (inside and out), the stove/oven, and the gap between the counter and the stove where those nasty little toast crumbs build up.

Testing should also be performed where a wall or floor meets a cold/warmer exterior. The meth will tend to crystallize out at these temperature transition interfaces. HVAC ductwork should be inspected as well for settled residue. The vehicles used in transportation, if clearance is required, may need wipe testing. Dashboards and seats can be wiped and submitted for testing.

When searching for testing services, it is important to make sure your laboratory is aware of the clearance testing requirements for your program. Also, make sure that the required instrumentation is available for use. Lastly, make sure the detection limits will meet your clearance needs.

Other types of laboratory testing may also be required that are related to the chemicals used in the manufacture of the illegal drug. The alchemist cooker may have used a variety of solvents and reactive metals to produce his/her illicit powders. Be sure to consult RCRA and State regulations regarding the testing and disposal of drummed wastes, building materials, carpet, wallboard, ceiling tiles, furniture, and appliances.
There may be toxic materials buried or dumped in the surrounding grounds. A thorough investigation of the entire property is required.

Abatement & Hazardous Materials Handling Guidelines

Only trained personnel should be handling any chemicals. These individuals must be able to recognize chemical names and understand the effect of chemical combinations. Separating any incompatible chemicals can reduce the risk of explosion.Ventilate all confined spaces thereby limiting the concentration of explosive fumes and turn off any heat sources. Make sure all the lab equipment is turned off and no longer heating the
chemicals.

Household materials, including carpets, sheetrock, ceiling tiles, upholstery, and draperies, may become contaminated with chemicals requiring abatement. During cleanup and removal of contaminated materials, workers should have personal protection equipment. This includes eye, hand, and foot coverings. Disposable gloves and a Tyvek jumpsuit are good precautions for direct contact exposure but if toxic fumes are suspected then a suitable breathing apparatus is needed. More often then not, abatement includes removal of contaminated materials, and scrubbing and painting solid surfaces. Depending on the site and extent of contamination, soil and groundwater may need extensive clean-up.

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