Mold Investigations and Testing
Water events, such as roof and plumbing leaks, often cause mold growth in residential and commercial buildings. Environmental Safety Technologies can inspect your home or building to determine if mold testing is needed. If necessary, EST will collect fungal air and surface samples as part of baseline testing to determine the presence and extent of contamination in order to aid contractors during remediation. This can include a mold remediation protocol detailing industry established standards and guidelines to follow during remediation as well as the actions that contractors should take to eliminate the fungal contamination. Once remediation and reconstruction are complete, post-remediation fungal air and surface samples can be collected to determine the efficacy of remediation and to ensure that your home or building has been returned to pre-loss state.
Microbial remediation protocol development, project management and consultation. Our staff includes Certified Indoor Air Quality Professionals and Certified Indoor Environmental Consultants to assist with any air quality concerns.
Sampling and laboratory analyses to properly assess not only the presence of environmental contaminants in your space, but also the efficacy of remediation efforts and the effects of reconstruction.
Expert Reporting and Recommendation
Ph.D. Microbiologist and Certified Industrial Hygienist laboratory result interpretation and recommendations.
Indoor Air Quality Assessments
Assess both the physical and environmental condition of your home or building. Before air monitoring can be deemed necessary, an Indoor Environmental Professional (IEP) (refer to the American Industrial Hygiene Association or Indoor Air Quality Association) should conduct a walkthrough visual inspection. The purpose of this inspection is to determine the source of contamination and potential exposure as well as developing a sampling strategy, if necessary.
Air monitoring may be necessary if:
- There is evidence of contamination
- Water infiltration has occurred
- An individual displays symptoms of respiratory illness or has been diagnosed with a disease that is or may be attributed to fungal exposure (e.g. aspergillosis)
- The presence of mold is suspected (musty odors, excessive humidity, etc.) but cannot be identified by a visual inspection (mold growth behind walls).
The purpose of such air monitoring is to assess the extent and type of contamination throughout the building.
What causes poor Indoor Air Quality?
Indoor Air Quality issues can arise from a multitude of commonly overlooked problems. Mold concerns can occur as a result of water presence. Left unattended, the presence of mold can lead to several respiratory related health risks. Poor ventilation can also lead to increased Carbon Dioxide (CO2) levels within the living or work space. High CO2 levels can lead to headache, nausea, and drowsiness.
Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC) are chemical compounds such as formaldehyde which can be released as a gas or vapor from common household products and furnishings. Other sources may include adhesives, coatings, and solvents. These VOC’s can present several health risks and are unacceptable in the indoor environment.
There are many other causes for Indoor Air Quality concerns. Please contact EST for further information and investigation.
About Mold Remediation
- The governing body for remediation and remediators, The Clean Trust (formerly IICRC), has published guidelines for dealing with mold and moisture remediation efforts.
- Property owners should contact a certified “Indoor Environmental Professional” (IEP) to ensure that remediation efforts are conducted safely, with occupant protection ensured throughout the remediation process.
- Mold remediation contractors should NOT act as their own Indoor Environmental Professional (IEP). Ethical considerations make such actions inappropriate and legislation may make it illegal.
- Post remediation verification should be conducted by an independent third-party.
- Change furnace filters.
- De-clutter storage, living, and office areas. Clutter prevents proper cleaning and gives mold an opportunity to grow.
- Use plastic storage containers rather than cardboard, as plastic will not absorb water and encourage mold growth.
- Establish a thorough and frequent cleaning routine.
- Utilize Carbon Monoxide (CO) detectors.