Mold


mold-960Mold is a type of fungi that is essential to the earth’s ecosystem. Mold reproduces by releasing airborne spores that are invisible to the naked eye. It is because of this airborne release that inhalation is the primary mode of mold exposure. If a mold spore lands on an organic substrate with ample moisture, it will begin to grow. Therefore, controlling moisture is the key to controlling mold growth. The health effects of mold exposure vary greatly from person to person. Most people are constantly exposed to different types of molds through ingestion and inhalation with no apparent health effects. However, certain types and quantities of molds have been known to cause severe health effects, hypersensitivity, and infections. The elderly, children, and immune compromised individuals are the most vulnerable to adverse health effects from mold exposure. However, even normal, healthy people may experience adverse health effects when exposed to high concentrations of mold. Count on the professionals at Enviro Diagnostics for the most accurate and cost-effective mold testing services.

 

Mold Testing Services

Initial Mold Investigation: A typical mold investigation includes a visual inspection for signs of water intrusion and mold growth. Moisture detection instruments are used to determine the moisture content of building materials and locate conditions conducive to mold growth. If visible mold is found, a bulk or surface sample is collected to identify the types and concentration of mold present. If moisture is detected in a particular wall or cavity, mold wall-cavity sampling can be performed to determine if mold growth is present in a hidden or inaccessible area. Mold air sampling is performed to determine the types and quantities of mold spores found in the indoor environment. Mold air samples are key in determining if active mold growth is taking place, if mold contamination conditions exist, and what mold types and levels are present in the air at the time of sample collection. All collected mold samples are submitted to a qualified laboratory where they are identified and quantified. A comprehensive, customized report is then issued detailing our on-site observations, interpretation of lab results, and recommendations or scope of work as necessary.

Post – Mold Remediation Clearance Assessment: The mold remediation verification is performed to assess the stated completion of mold remediation. This type of assessment takes place after a certified mold remediation company has completed mold remediation of an area. The work areas should remain sealed off from unaffected and/or occupied areas until clearance testing has shown that the contained work areas meet the completion criteria. A typical mold clearance assessment includes a visual inspection of the work area, the assessment of affected building materials for moisture content, and the collection of air samples to verify that mold remediation efforts have been completed successfully. The clearance report documents our on-site observations, interpretation of lab results, and applicable recommendations.

 

Mold Sampling

Air Sampling is performed to determine the types and quantities of airborne mold spores present at any particular time. Indoor mold spore types and quantities are compared with outdoor (control) mold spore types and quantities to determine if the indoor air displays abnormal types and/or excessive quantities of mold spores. Since the primary method of mold spore exposure is inhalation, air samples are an important tool in determining if excessive mold spore exposure is taking place. Mold air samples are one key component of determining indoor air quality. Sample results display the different types and quantities of mold found in each collected air sample.

Wall-Cavity Sampling is essentially an air sample of a wall cavity, ceiling cavity, or other cavities to determine if hidden mold growth is present.

Surface Sampling (Tape Lift) is a sample of visible suspect mold growth collected off the surface of building materials or items to identify the types and concentration of mold growth present.

Bulk Sampling is a when physical sample of building materials or items displaying suspect mold growth is submitted to a laboratory for analysis to identify the types and concentration of mold growth present.

*All samples are analyzed by Ph. D. mycologists.

 

 

bacteria magnefiedBacteria

Bacteria are unicellular organisms that are capable of accelerated replication. There are many different types of bacteria. Most of them are harmless and many of them are beneficial. However, there are certain types of infectious bacteria that can pose serious health threats such as E. coli and Streptococcus. These types of bacteria are commonly associated with black water or sewage events. Bacteria testing and assessment can be performed to identify the presence of harmful bacteria and ensure that the proper course of action is taken.

 

Bacteria Testing Services

Initial Bacteria/Sewage Assessment: This assessment type is usually performed after a black water sewage event to determine if sewage indicator bacteria are present and, if so, the proper course of action to take. The initial bacteria/sewage assessment includes a comprehensive, customized report detailing our on-site observations, interpretation of lab results, and recommendations or scope of work as necessary.

Post –Bacteria/Sewage Remediation Clearance Assessment: The bacteria remediation verification is performed to determine if remediation efforts have been  completed successfully. A typical bacteria clearance assessment includes a visual inspection of the work area and moisture content assessment of affected building materials. Surface samples are collected and cultured to verify the absence of sewage indicator bacteria before clearance can be achieved.

 

Bacteria/Sewage Sampling

Surface Sampling (Swab) is a surface sample collected from the affected building materials and surfaces utilizing sterile swabs. The samples are cultured at the lab to determine the presence or absence of sewage indicator bacteria including E. coli and Enterococcus.