Mold: Is It Present or Not?
Methods of Detection
Air Quality Assessment
We conduct air quality assessment for contamination by mold fragments and mold spores in the air, in carpets and on surfaces.
We conduct inspections for the visual presence of mold growth in areas of your home or workplace.
We provide written protocols for the use of proper mold methodology by remediators/mitigators in the cleanup and the removal of mold contaminated materials from your living and work spaces.
What We Do at ESG-MOLD GROUP?
• Mold Consulting - Individuals can contact us either by telephone, text or email with mold related issues, questions about mold or mold contamination, air sampling, removal of mold and other mold related issues.
• Mold Sampling/Air Quality - For requests for sampling or is sampling necessary, what type of sampling should be conducted, , and other air quality issues
• Mold Inspections - Requesting visits to a possible mold site, questions about musty odors, questions about is this mold, what may be the source of moisture, I clean it but mold returns - what needs to be done?
• Mold Mitigation Protocols- For those needing a plan for removing mold growth, correctly, plans for remediators to follow, plans for removing small amounts of mold
WHAT ARE MOLDS?
• Fungi reproduce by producing spores (think of spores as seeds although they are not)
• They use organic materials as food ,require moisture and the correct temperature range.
• Growing molds on bathtubs, wallboard, leather, plastic, etc.) indicates a moisture issue.
• Thousands of different types, 100 to 200 can grow indoors, 2-3 dozen most common in US.
• All indoor molds have come in from outdoors.
• Mold spores are found everywhere except in sites in which the air is constantly filtered and must be maintained in that condition.
HOW THE MOLD INDUSTRY WORKS
• The USEPA recommends that If the contaminated area covers less than 10 ft2 of area, the client may be able to take care of cleaning it without a professional. One must be careful when making this determination and the client may want to have a mold inspector involved in this process . When the area is estimated to be between 10-100 ft2, the client should engage an professional to be involved in making the decision of whether to hire a mold remediator to handle the project. If the contaminated area is more than 100 square feet, the client should engage a mold professional to handle the project.
• Assuming that a mold remediation company will be doing the remediation work, a mold, inspector, separate from the remediation company, may be contacted to prepare a mitigation protocol for the remediator to follow.
• After the remediation has been completed, the mold inspector returns to perform a Post-mitigation Sampling and Survey (PMSS) to ensure that the situation has been completed successfully and appropriately.
• If the project has been appropriately completed and the contaminated area(s) shows typical indoor mold levels, the client is provided with a document stating that the indoor air quality regarding mold spore levels is in the range of a typical indoor environment.
• It is important to be aware that there are neither Federal nor Virginia standards indicating what mold spore levels are acceptable or not, or safe or unsafe, healthy or unhealthy. The determination of an area typical levels of mold spores for an indoor environment is therefore based on the mold inspectors knowledge, experience, and understanding of the issues of mold and mold contamination.