Mold Services:

Mold Inspections and Testing:

A site inspection is performed of the areas of concern as agreed upon by the client. This may include the entire structure or an area where there is a known issue of moisture intrusion. As moisture is necessary for mold growth to occur, the extent of moisture intrusion is critical in locating mold growth and preventing future mold growth. Testing for water intrusion includes the use of infrared cameras and moisture meters.

Mold Air Test:

It can be typical to have mold spores in the air outside and inside. Mold spores can travel from outside into the home through windows and doors. The level or concentration of the mold inside compared to outside determine its significance. One air sample test accurately describes the amount of spores in the air at the time of the test and can and does vary from moment to moment or day by day. The air test is usually performed once per 1000 square feet indoors and once outdoors. The outdoor test is the baseline, or the reference to compare to the spore count indoors.

Mold Surface Test:

A surface test is performed when there is Visible Evidence Present in order to identify the type of mold on that surface. It does not identify the species but the type. There are more than 1 million different species of mold. The swab test performed during this inspection will identify the family of species but not the actual species. This test would require the laboratory to grow the sample which can be done but usually is not necessary as long as the mold can be identified to a specific family or category.

Mold Remediation Protocols:

A site specific remediation protocol is developed. Appropriate procedures must be used to prevent the further spreading of airborne mold spores when removing contaminated materials. This typically includes the use of negative air pressure containments and removal of contaminated materials. Only workers who are properly trained in mold contamination remediation and equipped with appropriate safety and remediation equipment should perform removal of mold contaminated materials.

Mold Remediation Clearance:

A mold cleanup or mold remediation project clearance inspection is performed to determine if the demolition and cleaning appear to be complete and effective. Clearance inspection and testing should be performed after all demolition and cleaning, and before the containment system has been removed.

Mold clearance inspection should include visual inspection of the building for active leaks or remaining wet areas, visual cleanliness of both areas that were remediated and other building areas which are at risk of cross-contamination. Clearance sampling typically includes one outside air baseline sample inside samples using surface dust collection as well as air samples both to establish the success of cleaning of the remediation area.

All sources of moisture intrusion must be corrected prior to reconstruction. Failure to correct the source of moisture intrusion will result in further damage and is likely to cause the reappearance of mold growth.