Mold is everywhere…
Mold testing tells you what kind and how much. Mold is indoors and outdoors, at work, at home, in the city, in the country, everywhere. Everyone is exposed to some form of mold organisms (biological particles) everyday. The main reason to test for mold is because under certain conditions, indoor mold has the potential to damage property and cause health problems in humans and animals.
THE VALUE OF RELIABLE INFORMATION
Make Sure You Are Equipped With Accurate and Un-Biased Information.
It’s important to know that your mold assessment is accurate and unbiased in order to truly know the extent of the problem and properly decide on a course of action. The only way to insure the reliability of a mold inspection is to make sure that the inspection company has nothing to gain from the results and does not benefit financially from the mold removal. In other words, do not have your property inspected for mold by the same mold remediation contractor who gets paid to REMOVE your mold. In fact, do not allow anyone else to perform the inspection who might have something to sell you, based on the results. Furthermore, NEVER let your remediation contractor provide his own mold clearance testing. An un-biased mold clearance test is your only way to know if the mold remediation was successful. You cannot trust mold clearance testing to the contractor doing your remediation work. That’s like grading your own report card.
- Indoor Air Quality Corporation is not in the mold removal business. We do not engage in any mold remediation services. Our certified mold inspectors are put though mold remediation training for the sole purpose of knowing, while performing mold clearance tests, that your remediation work is done correctly or incorrectly.
- Indoor Air Quality Corporation is not connected with any third parties on either side of mold issues. We do not benefit from anyone who would attempt to sell you anything or persuade you that mold is either no big deal, or the end of the world.
When you hire Indoor Air Quality Corp for mold inspection and mold testing services, you can count on accurate and un-biased information from SE Florida’s trusted inspection company.
When is a good time to test for mold?
A good time to test for mold is:
- When you want to determine if mold is growing in you home.
- After any flooding or water damage event.
- Whenever you find a leak that has been present for more than 24 hours.
- Whenever you smell a moldy odor.
- Residents of your home experience a long-term medical condition without a known cause.
- Unusual stains appear on furniture or building material.
- You suspect mold but do not see any visible mold growth.
If you suspect you have a mold problem, whether mold is visible or not, one call to Indoor Air Quality Corporation is all it takes to be sure. Our only interest is in providing our clients with accurate reporting of the data we collect in the course of the inspection process and reliable results of mold tests and samples.
The Step By Step Inspection Process…
PHASE I. The INTERVIEW
Knowing the history of the structure and how the environment has participated in its current state is very important.
IAQ Corp inspectors are trained in asking the important, often overlooked, questions that “tell the story”.
PHASE II. The SEARCH
Leave no stone unturned…
IAQ Corp Inspectors visually examine both the exterior and interior of the structure to pinpoint problem areas in your building.
Where is there visible mold growth? Crawlspace, attic, or hidden in a bathroom wall? All of these are common locations for mold growth. Throughout the visual mold inspection, sophisticated sensory equipment is used to locate probable areas of growth.
PHASE III. The CAUSE
IAQ Corp Inspectors will determine the cause which supplies the moisture for of the mold growth. Why? Mold requires many things to grow…but the one it cannot grow without is water, therefore we look for sources of excessive moisture. Common sources may include: Cracks in exterior cladding, roof leaks, plumbing leaks, high humidity due to poor air conditioning systems.
After the IAQ Corp Inspector identifies the where and why, the next part will be to outline our recommendations. We provide expert advice and consultation specifically tailored to your unique situation.
The IAQ Corp inspectors measurements are used to formulate an environmental impact hypothesis of the indoor environmental conditions. Once we finish formulating a hypothesis, it is time to test it.
Our sampling may involve mold sampling, bacteria sampling, VOC testing, particle counts, and allergen screening. This allows us to determine specific types and levels of contaminants that may be affecting your indoor environment.
PHASE IV. The TESTING
Is it MOLD, ALLERGENS, VOC’s? The Indoor Environment can be a source of one or multiple pollutants.
Once identified, our inspectors will proceed at your request and approval to test. This testing may take many forms.
If an IAQ Corp inspection has revealed the need for further testing, our comprehensive mold testing will serve to provide you with three important pieces of information:
Presence of mold.
We will use any of several types of sampling to determine if a suspected area contains mold growth
Type of mold.
Is the mold growth Stachybotrys, Aspergillus, or Cladosporium? Distinguishing between different types of mold growth is impossible without laboratory sampling. As such Step By Step Inspections only uses Accredited and Certified Laboratories. As such, our mold testing accurately determines the species of mold growth in your building.
Quantity of mold.
Mold spores can be found in the cleanest of buildings, therefore we measure the quantity of mold to determine if a mold problem is present.
Types of mold testing:
An IAQ Corp inspection may reveal the need for Bacteria Testing is dangerous bacteria growth is suspected?
An example of bacteria is E. Coli. E. Coli can lurk in sewage contaminated water which may be present indoors if a toilet has recently backed up into the home. Our swab sampling analysis can detect E. Coli and other types of Coliforms.
Bacteria sampling is useful to in:
- Determining inhalation exposure.
- Identifying the presence of hidden sources of bacterial growth.
VOLATILE ORGANIC COMPOUND (VOC) TESTING
An IAQ Corp inspection is not limited and as such this line of testing can prove fruitful when the cause of an indoor odor can not be identified since t a VOC test id used to identify thousands of different types of organic gases.
Studies conducted by the EPA have found that VOC levels of common pollutants are 2 to 5 times higher inside the home than outside.
VOC’s come from a wide variety of outgassing sources including Paints and lacquers, cleaning supplies, pesticides, building materials and furnishings, office equipment such as copiers and printers, and even some cosmetics.
ALLERGEN TRIGGERS SCREENING
Many times a concern by a client of mold, will turn out instead to be a ALLERGENS issue.
People with allergies and asthma think of their home as a safe haven. Unfortunately, houses carry their own unique allergens such as dust mites, animal dander, and cockroaches.
Doctors have determined that these indoor triggers are a major source of asthma and allergy symptoms.
An IAQ Corp Allergens Assessment is useful in revealing the presence and exposure to pollen, grass, ragweed, algae, diatoms, fern, moss, spores, fungus, Cat and Dog dander, insect parts, skin cell fragments, dust mites, fiberglass, soot, rusts, carbon, and Mold spores.
And now….The REPORTING
Unlike our competitors, an IAQ Corp report is not only Confidential, but it is also custom written to the environment of the property inspected and tested. This custom digital report will contain as a minimum:
This section describes who did what where.
This section describes the history and the nature of the problem/inspection. Notes taken from conversations or interviews are be placed in this section. All information collected from Phase I of the is listed here.
Scope of Work.
Description of work performed as per the contract including a description of the physical areas of focus and limitations of assessment.
Site Visit Findings.
Information gathered from the walk-through inspection will be summarized here. Any stains, growth, odors or problems are listed in this section as well as all information collected from Phase II of the Step BY Step Inspection Process is listed here.
Indicator measurements including temperature, relative humidity and moisture meter readings are listed in this section as will be the table created from Phase III.
Any samples taken in accordance with Phase IV on the are described in this section. Also included is the justification of why the sampling was performed and the laboratory performing the analysis. Lab reports will be an appendix.
Here we will summarize the problems identified in the assessment and the suspected concerns.
Here our inspector will describe specific implementation steps for the client to follow to resolve the issue. The inspector will cite any standards or guidelines in the justification of our recommendations.
If required and recommended, the inspector will advise if there are to be Remedial Steps to be followed and if such will provide a cost of supplying, if requested, a Recommended Guidelines For Abatement (Protocol).
On Site Photographs
Lab Report, if any
… and much, much more!