Medicine Hat Thermal Imaging | Infrared Inspection | Mold Inspections

Certified for multiple types of Home Inspection

On-Sight's Standard Home Inspection

On-Sight Home Inspections
Certified Home Inspector

As a Certified Professional Inspector®, trained by InterNACHI, I adhere to and exceed the comprehensive Residential Standards of Practice. This means that using the latest tools and technology, I will inspect the visible and accessible structure, systems and components of the home, inside and out, from the foundation to the roof. Following my evaluation, I will compile my findings in an easy to-read digital report, which will include detailed descriptions and high-resolution digital photos of any issues I have discovered. I will email your report within 24 hours and my job is not complete until you understand everything.

My Home Inspection Includes

  • Roof, Vents, Flashings, and Trim
  • Gutters and Downspouts
  • Skylight, Chimney and other Roof Penetrations
  • Decks, Stoops, Porches, Walkways and Railings
  • Eaves, Soffit and Fascia
  • Grading and Drainage
  • Basement, Foundation and Crawlspaces
  • Water Penetration and Foundation Movement
  • Heating Systems
  • Cooling Systems
  • Main Water Shut-Off Valves
  • Water Heating System, Interior Plumbing Systems, Fixtures & Faucets
  • Drainage Sump Pumps with Accessible Floats
  • Electrical Service Line and Meter Box, Main Disconnect and Service Amperage
  • Electric Panels, Breakers and Fuses
  • Grounding And Bonding, GFCIs and AFCIs
  • Fireplace, Dampers, Hearth, Venting
  • Insulation and Ventilation
  • Garage Doors, Safety Sensors, and Openers
  • Built in Appliances
  • FREE Monthly Homeowner Newsletter (Home Maintenance Tips, Energy saving Tips, etc.)
  • And Much More

Following my evaluation, I will compile my findings in an easy-to-read report, which will include detailed descriptions and high-resolution digital photos of any issues I’ve discovered. I’ll email you your report within 24 hours, and my job isn’t finished until you understand everything in it.

Infrared Thermal Imaging

Certified Infrared Inspector

Thermal imaging is a non-invasive method On-Sight uses to detect areas in your home where heat can escape. Using a Thermal Imaging camera, the home inspector can detect temperature differences on surfaces. These differences are displayed in the image by using colours to show the different temperatures detected. Any small differences in temperature can be the indication of moisture or heat loss. If a difference is detected, a problem can be identified and investigated further using a moisture meter to see if there is moisture present.

Infrared Technology can Identify and Document the Following:

  • Energy Loss and Efficiency
  • Unknown Plumbing Leaks
  • Hidden Roof Leaks
  • Electrical Faults
  • Overloaded and/or Undersized Circuits
  • Missing, Damaged and/or Wet Insulation
  • Water and Moisture Intrusion which could lead to Mold
  • Air Conditioner Compressor Leaks
  • Structural Defects
  • Broken Seals on Windows and Doors
  • Radiant In-Floor Heating Defects
  • Dangerous Fluid Leaks
  • Overheated Equipment
  • Rodent Intrusion

Thermal Imaging Limitations

  • Thermal imaging displays the surface temperatures of solid objects. Infrared detects the temperature based upon wavelength of light emitted by the object (longer wavelength = colder temperature). Infrared therefore, does not show the temperature of objects that reflect light such as glass, shiny metal, or light colored objects in direct sunlight.
  • Infrared does not see through walls or clothes as it displays only the very slight differences in surface temperature of the wall. Images behind walls that are not in contact with the wall depend upon the temperature difference of the area. It is easy to see hot objects because they will be radiating heat to the not-in-contact surface. Refer to pictures to see just how incredibly useful Infrared can be.
  • Careful adjustment of the range of temperatures displayed is important to proper imaging and interpretation.

Thermal Imaging Samples

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Mold Inspection

Certified Mold Inspector

My thorough and extensive mold inspection and mold testing service ensures all mold contaminations are found, identified, and professionally assessed. Even hidden mold can be discovered and isolated, so proper treatment recommendations can be made. Once an assessment is complete, mold and air samples are analyzed by PROLAB, an accredited third party, and a detailed report is prepared. Certified Mold Inspector A post mold consultation is also provided to ensure a thorough understanding of results and recommendations made. As a professional consultant, my customers and the validity of our results are my main priority. As such, I DO NOT remove mold or offer mold remediation services. I am a mold inspection and testing specialist. This protects my clients from any conflict of interest and ensures honest, unbiased results, geared towards your specific needs.

Mold Inspection Standards of Practice

Mold is nasty stuff!

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Mold Warning Signs and Damage

Certified Moisture Intrusion Inspector

Mold exposure and repairs after mold-related damage can be very costly -- to both the structure itself and the health of its occupants. However, if you know the warning signs and types of damage to look for, you may be able to catch a mold problem before it causes widespread property damage and/or serious adverse health effects.

Warning Signs of Mold Damage

Mold will grow when a spore reaches an area that has (1) sufficient moisture, (2) the correct temperature range, and (3) a food source. Insulation, paper sheathing, carpet, wood moldings, or ceiling tiles can all act as food sources.

If you suspect a mold problem, the earlier an investigation takes place the better the possibility you can reduce or prevent widespread damages. There are a variety of physical warning signs that should lead you to investigate a home for possible mold infestation. These include:

  • Visible mold growth
  • Discoloration or water stains on internally facing walls or ceilings
  • Discoloration or water stains on externally facing walls
  • Areas of standing water or condensation on floors, walls, or window sills
  • Musty odor

What Damage Can Result from Mold Exposure?

If mold is allowed to grow and spread in a home, a variety of physical damage can result -- to both the structure itself, and to the building's fixtures or contents.

Building Materials and Structural Components

Mold may cause serious structural damage to a building, because it feeds on and breaks down organic matter. Therefore, when mold infests walls, insulation, paper backing, or carpeting, the materials must be removed. Cleaning and removal causes great expense and inconvenience, but is often necessary.

Personal Property

In addition to causing structural damage, mold may destroy property within the home. When mold attaches to personal property it may be very difficult or impossible to clean. Often the item will have to be destroyed because the spores cannot be fully removed.

Heating and Ventilation Systems

Mold may also enter heating and ventilation systems. Many sections of the system may not be accessible for visible inspection or cleaning, therefore you may need professional assistance. It is very important that heating and ventilation systems are cleaned thoroughly, as spores may use the systems as gateways to other areas of the home. If the system cannot be cleaned, or if a moisture problem cannot be corrected, the whole system may have to be removed and replaced, often at great expense.

In the end, the best way to alleviate a mold problem is to deal with its root cause -- almost always a water intrusion problem. If you watch for warning signs and correct a moisture problem soon after it occurs, you may be able to avoid substantial costs involved in cleaning a home that has been infested with mold.

Indoor Air Quality

Certified Indoor Air Quality Inspector

Poor indoor air quality can have a profound effect on your health, productivity and enjoyment of your home.

The EPA and Health Canada has found that the air quality indoors can be 6 to 10 times more polluted than the outdoor air in some industrialized cities.

My indoor air quality testing services can provide you with detailed information on the composition, sources and levels of indoor pollutants. Common indoor air quality pollutants can be caused by inadequate ventilation, poorly managed humidity levels, dust and particulate issues, chemical off gassing, combustible gases and sewer gas issues, water intrusion leading to mold growth, bacterial issues as well as poor building design and maintenance. An air test will show you what you are breathing in.

An indoor air quality assessment can identify the levels as well as causes of poor indoor air quality by examining allergens in the breathing zone. It is only with this type of factual information that you can do something about the air you breathe. You don't have to live or work in a sick building any longer. I perform detailed indoor environmental assessments, air quality testing as well as forensic mold inspections to help you improve your indoor environment.

Types of Symptoms from Mold

There are three main types of symptoms mold can cause:

  • Allergic and Irritant Symptoms
  • Toxic Symptoms
  • Infections

Symptoms of Mold Exposure

  • Fatigue, Weakness, Aches, Muscle Cramps, Unusual Pain, Ice Pick Pain
  • Headache, Light Sensitivity, Red Eyes, Blurred Vision, Tearing, Sinus Problems
  • Cough, Shortness of Breath, Abdominal Pain, Diarrhea, Joint Pain, Morning Stiffness
  • Memory Issues, Focus/Concentration Issues, Word Recollection Issues, Confusion
  • Disorientation, Skin Sensitivity, Mood Swings, Appetite Swings, Excessive Thirst
  • Sweats(especially night sweats), Temperature Regulation or Dysregulation Problems
  • Increased Urination, Static Shocks, Numbness, Tingling, Vertigo, Metallic taste, Tremors

Exposure to Toxic Mold

There are about 16 mold species that are toxic to humans. These molds put out highly toxic chemicals called mycotoxins.

Mycotoxins cause toxic symptoms which are much worse than the allergic symptoms caused by ordinary molds. Some of the symptoms caused by toxic molds include bleeding, damage to internal organs, mental impairment, cancer and even death in severe cases.

Mold Infections

Sometimes mold spores that are breathed into a person's lungs begin to grow inside them. Mold infections can also grow in the sinuses, skin or digestive system.

These mold infections usually don't occur in healthy people. Elderly people or those who are sick with compromised or suppressed immune systems can suffer these infections though, since their immune systems might not be strong enough to fight off the mold. Sometimes these mold infections can even cause death.

Mold species that can opportunistically infect people include Trichoderma, Penicillium, Marneffei, and Aspergillus fumigatus.

Allergic Symptoms from Mold Exposure

Most mold symptoms are caused by mold allergies. When you breathe in mold spores your immune system responds by creating allergic reactions. These reactions are the immune system's defense against foreign particles entering the body.

The more a person is around mold the more sensitive to it they will become. This means that they can end up unable to tolerate being around even small amounts of mold. Their allergic reactions will also become more and more severe.

This is probably the simplest question of all but the most important. By asking this question we are able understand how to deal with molds. To answer this question:

Mold and fungi are terms generally used to describe a distinct group of organisms that are fuzzy or powdery in appearance.

Fungus was once considered a part of the plant kingdom, they are now regarded as a distinct kingdom of organisms. Fungi tend to absorb nutrients from dead or living organic matter in order for them to grow and survive.

At least 100,000 living species of fungus have been identified, some of which are beneficial to mankind.

Mycologists (scientists that specialize in botany that deals with fungi) have estimated that another 200,000 types of fungi may probably exist that have not yet been identified.

Exposure to molds is possible through several ways. First is by skin contact with molds. People with high allergic reactions to molds may develop rashes where the mold has made contact on the skin.

Inhalation of spores from mold may cause allergic reactions or asthma as it passes through the nose and the lungs.

Mold exposure can also occur when someone accidentally ingests food or materials contaminated with molds.

Molds are probably the leading cause of airborne allergies.

Some of the most common symptoms of those that are sensitive to molds include nasal stuffiness, eye irritation, wheezing, cold and flu-like symptoms, rashes, conjunctivitis, inability to concentrate, and fatigue.

Exposure to molds has also been associated with the onset of asthma.

The most common way of treatment is to spray disinfectants in areas were fungi is present, wait a few seconds to let the disinfectant penetrate, and then wipe the area clean. To remove fungus and its stains, commercial products that are labeled mildew removers can be used. But keep in mind that these products, along with disinfectants, may be dangerous if not handled properly.

Ideally, you not only want to avoid molds indoors but rather prevent them from ever growing.

By knowing the factors on how molds thrive you can easily decrease or even prevent mold from even growing in your home.

So the best way to prevent mold growth in your home, humidity and liquid water must be eliminated vigilantly through appropriate cleanup.

There are signs to watch for if you want to find out if there is mold growth in your house. Sometimes you can see and smell mold cells that are growing on surfaces.

Its is possible that there is mold growth wherever there are water stains, standing water, or moist surfaces. Walls, ceilings, carpets, window sills, drain pans, duct work, vents, bathrooms, and wallboard should all be thoroughly inspected.

Look for possible stains and streaks on walls, on ceilings, and floors. You should also look for bubbles in paint and plaster and in loose wallpaper.

Molds can be effectively cleaned with a mold solution such as Lysol, Clorox, or X-14.

Places that are being cleaned with these solutions should be properly ventilated. If you react to molds, you should wear a tight-fitting mask that securely covers your mouth and nose to prevent any allergic reactions that may prove dangerous.

First and foremost, like all living things, molds need food to survive. The fact that molds can feed on almost any organic material makes their food easy to find.

Next molds depend on their fungal spores to multiply. Another factor for molds to thrive and multiply is liquid water.

This is the reason why it is strongly advised to fix water leaks immediately.

And the last factor needed for molds to thrive is warm temperature and excessive humidity. Molds will typically thrive at temperatures from as low as 50 degrees Fahrenheit up to 70 degrees Fahrenheit.

Mold can grow anywhere, be it indoors or outdoors, as long as there is enough surface moisture to keep them alive.

Fungi can be found in every type of climate and also in every social and economic condition. They live where moisture, oxygen, and other chemicals that they need are present.

They can be found on the surfaces of objects, within pores, and inside deteriorated materials.

Sample Inspection Report

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Buyer's Inspection

Move-In Certified

This includes a thorough inspection of the major systems of the home to provide peace of mind and help you make the right decision. It will familiarize you with the systems of the home and how they work. My report will explain the maintenance and repairs that may be required.

Seller's Inspection

Certified Professional Home Inspector

Most homes today have a Pre-Purchase Home Inspection. By having a Pre-List Inspection you can eliminate any surprises and last minute re-negotiations. You can correct any deficiencies found, if you choose. It will remove some of the stress of selling your home, can help it sell faster, and may help it to sell for more money.


Contractor Experience

Unfortunately even new homes are not perfect. For a number of years now, Alberta has required newly built homes to have a New Home Warranty Program in place to carry a 1 year Materials and labour Warranty. My home inspection will provide you with an opportunity to have the builder correct or repair problems with your home. It is a thorough and comprehensive inspection inside and out to find valid construction deficiencies. Remember these inspection reports should be submitted before the due date, so book your inspection one or two weeks in advance.

Maintenance Inspection

InterNachi Certified

Much like a medical checkup for your body, a maintenance home inspection discovers issues as they develop. This allows property owners to be prepared for future expenses. For example, we can estimate the life expectancy of your roof, heating & cooling system, etc. We will also recommend unbiased repairs/upgrades to increase the comfort/enjoyment of your home while reducing your heating/cooling costs, give you maintenance tips, and answer questions to provide you with a better understanding of your home. This inspection is similar to a standard property inspection with the emphasis being on maintaining a sound property with tips to improve your home from minimum or low-quality residential construction practices.

Pre-Renovation Inspection

Contractor Experience

You can reduce the chance of renovation headaches by finding out what you don’t know before you start. My comprehensive report will give you objective information that you need to create a better renovation design plan, and alert you to any structural, plumbing, electrical, or other existing issues. I will give you recommendations to increase comfort, reduce maintenance costs, and make your house more energy efficient by educating you on how you can build to higher standards. Because we do not profit or benefit in any way from our recommendations, we can truly advise you in an unbiased manner.

Multi-Family Housing Inspection

Certified Multi-Unit Housing Inspector

Multi-Family homes, such as duplexes, tri-plex, condos, and small apartment buildings, can be good investments, but these buildings have additional inspection needs from single-family dwellings. For one thing, there are usually multiple sinks and toilets, all of which could potentially leak. You often also have multiple mechanical systems, such as two or more furnaces and two or more water tanks. Central systems, like boilers and central air conditioning, need to be adequate to supply all units. Before you invest in such a property, it is wise to know exactly what shape the building is in so you can address any issues with the seller before closing.