Do you have suspicions that you might have a mold issue in your home? If so, here are the top 10 reasons to get a mold & in-door air quality inspection:

  1. You see what you think may be mold, but you are unsure of the type of mold and what is causing it.
  2. You are experiencing allergic symptoms, such as stuffy head, headaches, scratchy throat, runny nose, coughing and not sure why.
  3. Your home has been damaged in a storm.
  4. You think you may have mold but are not sure.
  5. You have noticed musty odors that have not been present before but don’t see any obvious mold.
  6. You have experienced plumbing leaks, flooding or water/moisture issues in your home or office.
  7. You want or need air testing after mold removal has been done by you or a professional to check whether mold levels have normalized.
  8. You are a buyer or seller in a real estate transaction and need evidence whether airborne mold levels are not normalized.
  9. You a landlord or tenant and need evidence whether there is a mold problem.
  10. You are looking for a general assessment of your indoor air quality to make sure your family is breathing high quality clean air in your home.

If you find yourself in one of these scenarios and need peace of mind – Call Sentry Inspections today to schedule your mold & in-door air quality testing in Southwest Georgia:

229 449-8482



Common Mold Testing Questions and Answers
Q: What is mold?
A: Mold is a type of fungus that decomposes plant and animal matter
in the environment. The fungus can grow almost anywhere that has
moisture and organic material, such as on soil, in food, and on plants.
Mold reproduces by generating spores, which can spread through the
air, water, or on animals.
Q: Where does mold grow?
A: Mold can grow in moist areas of your house like the basement or
bathroom. Mold might also form around a shower vent or on a damp
windowsill. Mold thrives in dark, hard-to-see areas such as behind
walls, under the floor, in the attic, and inside the HVAC system. As
mold colonies grow, the spores become airborne and spread.
Q: What are the warning signs of mold?
A: Knowing the warning signs of mold will help you detect it before it
becomes a serious issue. Signs of mold in homes include a musty odor
and visible black spots on your walls, ceilings, or floors. They can
create respiratory issues or allergic-type reactions for the people
spending time in your home. If anyone in your family has symptoms
inside the home that disappear when they are outside, mold may be
the cause.
Q: Am I at risk of exposure to mold?
A: When mold is disturbed, it releases spores into the air. Air
containing these mold spores can put you at greater exposure. Mold
can also be transmitted by touching moldy objects or eating moldy
food.Q: How much mold exposure is harmful?
A: Mold exposure levels do not have a government standard.
Everyone’s tolerance for mold exposure varies. No two people are
alike. The elderly, young children, and those with weakened immune
systems are usually the most vulnerable to mold.

Q: What are the health effects of mold?
A: Individuals suffering from mold sensitivity may experience
symptoms such as sneezing, runny or stuffy noses, coughing, itchy
eyes, wheezing, and irritation of the skin. Exposure to mold can also
cause asthmatic symptoms, including coughing, wheezing, shortness
of breath, and tightness in the chest. Mold can also cause allergic-like
Q: What is mold testing?
A: Testing for mold involves taking samples of either the air or of
surfaces. A mold inspector examines the air or surface to determine
what kind of mold is present and whether it can grow in the area.
Q: When should I contact a mold expert?
A: The following are some reasons you should hire mold testing
 Your home has been affected by water damage.
 Your family is suffering from health problems you suspect might
be caused by mold.
 You notice mold or signs that mold is present.
For professional and reliable mold inspection for your home, contact
Sentry Home Inspections at 229 449-8482.

The 10 Most Common Issues Found During a Home Inspection

While any home can have any issue under the right circumstances, there are a lot of common issues that you may see show up on your home inspection report. These issues are not always immediately serious, but definitely something to keep in mind for the future. Common issues that home inspectors see most often during their inspection include:

  • Roofing Issues – Most homeowners don’t want to deal with roofing issues before selling a property, or otherwise don’t know how to spot issues. Unfortunately, roof repair can be a huge expense.
  • Faulty Wiring – The older your home is, the bigger the chance that it has wiring issues purely due to updated standards. You will see wiring faults in homes that have had DIY home renovations as well. These can be dangerous and rewiring a home is an expense.
  • Grading Problems – Grading, or the slight slope that drains water away from the foundation, degrades over time and most sellers simply don’t think to check it. If water pools by a foundation because of a lack of grading, it can cause expensive foundation issues.
  • Foundation/Crawlspace Issues Damage – In addition to grading issues, foundation problems are common finds because no one wants to pay to fix them.
  • Attic Issues – Some think attics are supposed to be hot and musty, but they are not. If an attic lacks proper ventilation or has other issues, it can be a real mold trap up there.
  • Plumbing Issues – The older the home is, the more likely that plumbing issues will likely be present or may be an issue in the future.
  • HVAC Issues – From simply having the home’s HVAC system(s) inspected and serviced to more concerning issues such as outdated or older systems present – HVAC issues can have significant cost consequences for repairs or upgrading.
  • Weathered or Water Damaged Cladding, Doors and or Windows – Failure to properly maintain and protect these areas of the home can result in significant repairs or replacements and expense.
  • Vegetation – flowers, plants, shrubs, or trees can improve the landscape and appearance of a home. But if not planned correctly or allowed to overgrow – they can have significant consequences to the structure.
  • Gutters – no one likes to maintain or keep gutters clean. But neglecting gutters or not having them can result in significant repair cost to a home.

A common theme to the above is that if an area is either very expensive to fix or very hard to get to, it is more likely to have problems. Furthermore, these problems are often deal breakers for new buyers because they can be an expense to fix. However, while some issues may scare you off buying a property, do realize that some negotiation can be done to see the issue fixed or the price for the home reduced. If you are looking for a professional home inspector who can safeguard your best interest – look no farther. Call us today for your peace of mind.

How to Prepare Your Home For a Mold Inspection

When you’re having your home tested for mold, accuracy is critical. Mold carries the risk of causing health problems, as well as causing structural concerns for your property. It’s important to properly prepare your home to ensure an accurate test result. Here’s how to get your home ready for a mold inspection.

Isolate the Area You’re Testing

Seal off the room being tested for mold. Isolate the area and cover the doors with plastic. Don’t enter the area until after your inspection.

Provide Easy Access

While you don’t need to clean your house top-to-bottom before a mold inspection, you should make sure the moldy area is easy to access. Move any furniture that blocks access to the moldy areas, and remove clutter. Take care not to disturb the mold while moving your furniture and belongings.

Seal Off Ventilation

Air movement can release many more mold spores into the air, which can affect your test results. Seal all the air vents in the area to be tested. Cover supply vents and return vents with plastic or seal them with painters’ tape. Close all exterior windows and doors in the area, too.

Do Not Clean the Area

Avoid cleaning the moldy area until after your inspection. The test reading can be affected by the chemicals in cleaning products. Outside elements—even a minor item like a dusty cloth—can impact your mold inspection results.

Turn Off Air Purifiers

Air purifiers, humidifiers, and dehumidifiers can all affect the air quality in the area being tested. They can also spread mold spores throughout your home. Make sure to power off any air purifiers or other indoor quality aids.

If you’re concerned about mold, it’s best to have your house tested. A home inspection professional can help you determine the extent of the problem and whether it poses any danger to your home. Contact us to schedule an inspection.

Should You Use Your Real Estate Agent’s Recommended Home Inspector?

One common question for home buyers is whether or not they should trust their real estate agent’s recommendations for a home inspector. Most buyers would probably like to think that all real estate agents are honest professionals who all follow a stringent set of professional ethics. In some cases, the answer is yes, you can trust some real estate agents to refer only qualified, professional, ethical home inspectors. Unfortunately however, in many cases you will want to avoid using a home inspector recommended by your agent and find your own inspector. It might also seem very convenient to use the home inspector your agent recommends, but here are a few good caution flags that should pop up with you, as a buyer, when you real-estate agent recommends a particular home inspector:


1. Could there be a conflict of interest?

A home inspector recommended by your agent may pose a conflict of interest. As a buyer, you have a vested interest in a non biased and detailed report on the condition of your potential new home. While a preferred home inspector, recommended by your agent may feel a vested interest in helping your agent close the sale. After all – agents don’t get paid anything unless they close the sale on the home. While it’s unlikely they would do anything less than aboveboard and risk losing their certification, the real-estate waters can get a bit muddied when the agent is involved in the inspector/buyer relationship.

2. Who’s the real client?

The home inspector is paid by and works solely for you, the buyer — in theory. However, if the home inspector and the real-estate agent have a strong work history together, their relationship may feel more like a partnership, where the home inspector considers the realtor their client, leaving you as the third most important party in the transaction. Your home inspection is your only opportunity to gather a detailed understanding about any and all identified deficits involving your home. It’s extremely important that the inspection not be rushed or short cuts taken to provide less detail about the true condition of the home.

3. Special List

It is not uncommon in many real-estate markets for certain agents to have a ready to distribute list of “recommended home inspectors” for their buying clients.  Hopefully, the listed home inspectors are professionals who come with many great references. However, the home inspectors on that list may also be very aware that they are on a particular list and may feel that finding large amounts of inspection issues may threaten their future inclusion on that agent’s list of recommended inspectors.

4. Not All Home Inspectors Are Equal

It is pretty common for home buyers, especially new home buyers to assume that all home inspectors are created equal, it really doesn’t matter who you get – and finally, since they are the same you are going to choose the cheapest home inspector you can find. All of these assumptions could not be further from the truth and collectively – can result in buyers making a bad decision that will likely come back and bite them.

While these possibilities are unnerving, they do exist. So, whether you select a home inspector from a pre-determined list or hopefully decide to do your own due diligence in finding your own home inspector, here are a few suggested points to consider:

  • Check the home inspectors national certifications
  • See what professional training they have completed
  • Visit their professional website – this can tell you a great deal about a home inspector
  • Check out an example of their reports so you can see how they approach the inspection and how the report itself identifies deficiencies
  • Check their feedback ratings from previous customers

While the real-estate market encourages a fairly competitive environment in terms of home inspection cost, cost itself should never be the determining factor for selecting a home inspector. Not all home inspectors are equal nor do all home inspectors have the same level of training, have the same level of technology or provide the exact same level of services. In the grand scheme of things – saving $50 to $75 probably isn’t worth your peace of mind. When you are considering making a major investment in real-estate, it’s best to make that extra effort and choose the home inspector you are the most comfortable with.

If you are considering purchasing a home in Albany, Leesburg or the Southwest Georgia area, we invite to check us out and rest assured – if we inspect your home – you will be getting the most professional home inspection available. We’ve got your back!



Never Forgo Your Home Inspection

In today’s competitive real-estate market it’s not uncommon to see a bidding frenzy for a single home. In this post pandemic market, the rate of home sales has sky rocketed. Buyers are often desperate to stand out from other buyers. Unfortunately, this insane market has also resulted in realtors spurring anxious and desperate buyers to make their offers more enticing to sellers by choosing to forgo a home inspection.  More recent trends are also producing sales of homes with as short as 5 to 7 day contingency periods or even sales with 0 contingencies and no home inspection involved.

Make no mistake about it – regardless of the housing market forgoing a home inspection is never a good idea under any circumstances!  

For most people, buying a home is considered one of the most expensive investments you will ever make in your lifetime. As a buyer it is easy to fall prey to market pressures when you feel rushed through a home buying experience. If you find yourself in a situation where you feel rushed to sign agreements or forced to make sacrifices in contingency periods, or your right to a home inspection, you are very likely to run into significant issues where in many instances, there’s little or no legal recourse available for you. Your home inspection is the only “safety valve” you have which can allow you to back out of the contract if the inspection turns up unfavorable conditions and have your deposit returned.

So, what ever you do – NEVER WAVE YOUR RIGHT TO A HOME INSPECTION. A professional home inspection should safe guard you investment interest as well as the health and well being of your family. If you are buying a home in Albany, Leesburg or Southwest Georgia call us today for your home inspection. We’ve Got Your Back!





The Top 20 Home Inspection Crawlspace Defects

Having your home’s crawlspace area professionally inspected is a very critical component of responsible home maintenance and management.

Here are the Top 20 home inspection crawlspace defects:

  • Mold, algae, or mildew growing on foundation walls
  • Moisture seeping up from the ground into the crawlspace
  • Flooding or standing water in the crawlspace
  • Condensation forming on walls, vapor barrier, and HVAC equipment
  • Insulation damaged, falling or hanging from floor joists
  • No insulation present in the crawlspace
  • Mold and mildew on seal plates, floor joists, and sub-floors
  • Warping or Cupping Hardwood Floors
  • Substandard framing or poorly supported framing
  • Failing, sinking, or settling supports
  • Posts in contact with concrete/soil
  • Water Damage or dry rot on framing and subfloor
  • Improper notching of framing
  • Aged or leaking cast iron or galvanized water delivery or drainage pipes
  • Lack of proper ventilation
  • Improper electrical wiring
  • Electrical wiring in contact with crawlspace ground
  • Wood debris and other discarded materials in the crawlspace area
  • Missing, damaged, or incomplete vapor barrier
  • Mice, pest, and other insects/rodents in crawlspace areas


With our state-of-the-art crawlspace crawler, we are able to inspect, video and photograph any crawlspace in unmatched detail. 


Contact Sentry Home Inspections, LLC today to schedule your home’s crawlspace inspection: 229 449-8482



Home Foundation Inspection

Many of your home’s most critical mechanical and structural systems may be located in the foundation/crawlspace area:

Footings – Foundation Walls – Cripple Walls – Foundation Vents – Tier Support Systems – Sewer/Drainage Pipes – Water Delivery Pipes – Wall Seal Plates – Floor Joist & Subfloor Systems – Insulation – Electrical Lines – Cabling – HVAC Ducting –  Ducting Ties/Supports – Ducting Insulation – Moisture Barriers, etc.

Having your homes foundation and crawlspace closely inspected is crucial because this area gives you a great indication as to the condition of the “bones” in the home.

At Sentry Home Inspections, LLC we are always at the forefront of home inspection technology. We stay abreast of the latest training and available tools so that we can provide our clients with the very best professional inspection possible. One example is our new “Foundation Crawler.”


Our Newest Foundation Crawler Technology:

6 Wheel Independent Suspension

No Line of Sight Monitor Control

HD 4 K Video & Pictures

Insta-Track Zoom Capacity

HD LED Lights

360 Degree Imaging & Video

5 1/2 Inches In Height!

Call Us Today To Book Your Inspection: 229 449-8482

Mold and Indoor Air Quality Inspection

The average person in Southwest Georgia spends 90% of their time indoors, so the quality of your home’s indoor air is of the utmost importance to your health. Identifying health effects caused from Mold Contamination/Exposure can become critical. We are here to assist you with testing your home if some or all of the symptoms exist around you.  Symptoms include:

  • severe coughing
  • sneezing
  • sore eyes
  • runny nose
  • nasal congestion
  • allergic reactions
  • asthma
  • acute upper respiratory tract infections

We believe everyone deserves to breathe clean & healthy air



Hornets, Wasps, Yellow Jackets and Bees: How To Protect Your Home?

We routinely come across hornets, wasps, yellow jackets and occasionally – even bumblebees and honey bees during a home inspection. These insect nests are sometimes visible – but more than often – they can not be seen until you suddenly happen upon them.

Opening a metal panel door, crawling into the attic or crawl space or inspecting the exterior areas of a home’s overhang / soffits / gable vents / windows / doors and it’s foundation areas will often readily encourage the nesting of these pests – especially wasps.

While most of the time, these insects do not cause significant damage to your home, except maybe honey bees, they do obviously cause safety issues for you, your family, pets, visitors and service professionals who are required to be present at your home. At Sentry Home Inspection Services we are not licensed to provide Pest Control Services. But, we can, and do identify visible safety issues regarding the presence of these and other pests. Of course, if we fell that the situation is serious enough and the general safety and well fare of your family and pets is in danger, then we will recommend securing professional pest control services. 

So, what can you do as a home owner to minimize the likelihood of intrusion by these pests? This is a situation where a good defense is always the winning approach. Preventing or eliminating opportunities for these pests to gain access into your home is always the best strategy. Always inspect your home looking for any opportunities that pests may have to enter your home environment. Repairing cracks, tears or holes in wood surfaces, repairing window, crawl space or gable vent screens, screening soffit vents and ensuring that no entry points exist in exterior roof or wall surfaces, electrical panels or distribution boxes – will be a great start toward mitigating this issue. In addition, make sure that any electrical or cable wiring entering the home has the entry hole properly sealed with an all weather sealant to discourage entry.

Of course, nests such as wasps nests that can be visually observed from a safe distance can be eliminated by knocking the nest down with a long pole or there are many effective long stream foaming sprays that are available for use as well as CRC sprays that can safely be used around electrical equipment to avoid the risk of shock and electrocution. For bees nests such as honey bees – locating a local bee keeper who can come and remove the swarm is the most effective intervention. Hornet nest and bumblebee nest should be terminated by a pests control professional.