Mold Inspection and Detection
Environmental Mold Services specializes in Mold Testing and Inspections. We provide professional-quality services on condos, homes and commercial buildings large and small. Our inspectors perform inspections and mold testing in compliance with the standards of practice set forth by the Indoor Environmental Standards Organization, IICRC and other such organizations. Protecting your health and your property is our only concern.
Questionnaire: Our inspections can be broken down into six basic phases.
One very important step in properly diagnosing a potential mold or indoor air quality problem is always to inquire by phone and in person of any current or past conditions, such as but not limited to the following: humidity or condensation problems, moldy odors, past or present roof leaks, plumbing leaks, or any visible mold observed.
Visual Inspection: During the investigation we will do a complete visual inspection of all accessible areas of your home or commercial property, locate potential water penetration and other problem conditions, and search for any visible evidence of mold growth throughout the property during our inspection. Our inspectors utilize, devices – such as moisture meters (for detecting moisture), hydrometers (for measurement of indoor humidity), borescopes (for viewing inside some sections of walls) and or Thermal Imaging cameras to help detect hidden moisture. All of these tools may be used during an inspection to help identify a potential IAQ problem. Digital photographs will also be taken to document your particular conditions. Visual Inspections can happen in person or virtually. Click here for more details about our virtual mold inspection options.
Sampling: On many occasions evidence of a problem condition cannot be visually seen, but can be detected by taking air samples. Typically, air samples are taken in the outdoor and indoor air by using a Spore trap device for spore collecting. This is done to determine if mold spore counts filtered from the indoor air are unusually high in comparison to the mold spore count filtered from the air just outside your property. It also indicates types of mold at the property. This is a typical and basic test that is often done as part of a professional mold inspection. Other types of mold sampling may be required, depending on visible conditions, may include but are not limited to the following: viable spore sampling using an Andersen Impactor Plate, mold spore sampling of carpet by utilizing a carpet cassette, surface-lifted samples of actual visual mold using samples of mold scraped directly from building materials. Surface samples obtained with the aid of swabs and/or simple, clear tape and bulk samples taken by cutting away actual small samples of building materials contaminated with mold.
Sample Analysis: It is crucial that a professional trained analyst be used for analysis of any mold or mold spore samples obtained at the property. Environmental Mold Services only uses an independent AIH accredited/EMLAP certified laboratory for testing Analysis.
Reporting: A written report of the inspectors findings, including color digital photos, spore levels and types, and the inspectors final conclusions and recommendations will be e-mailed to you as one final comprehensive report that will include a remediation protocol if necessary.
Remediation Or Mold Clean-Up: Our primary business goals are to provide you with mold inspection and mold testing services as well as advice concerning remediation. If you have hired Environmental Mold Services to perform an Indoor Air Quality inspection and Remediation services are supported, EMS will work with the Client to engage a professional Remediation Contractor to rectify the situation.
EMS DOES NOT AND WILL NOT ACT AS THE REMEDIATION CONTRACTOR ON A JOB THAT WE HAVE BEEN THE CONSULTANT ON, DUE TO A CONFLICT OF INTEREST. ENVIRONMENTAL MOLD SERVICES CAN BE RETAINED AS EITHER THE CONSULTANT OR REMEDIAITON CONTRACTOR, NOT BOTH.