Mold Sampling and Remediaiton
MOLD can be found in several areas in your home environment. It appears mostly in moist areas as a black, green or white powdery or slimy growth. It is often accompanied with a musty-type odor, that why it is important to dry the water -damage within 24 – 48 hours to prevent mold growth. If that conditions are still present then with take over.
The goal of sampling is to learn about the levels of mold growth and amplification in buildings and homes. There is no EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) or OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) standards for levels of FUNGI and mold in indoor environments and there are not standard collection methods. However, several generally accepted collection methods are available to inspectors to study mold (and bacteria) in indoor environments .Comparison with reference samples can be taken from "non-complaint" areas. In general, indoor fungal concentrations should be similar to or lower than outdoor levels.
Quick Recovery Group Inc., Uses several types of testing methods that can detect the presence of mold. They can be use to find mold spores suspended in air, in settled dust, or mold growing on surfaces of building materials and furnishings. There are different methods that can identify the types of live mold and dead mold in a sampled environment. Mold spores can be allergenic and toxic even when dead.
All sampled material obtained in the laboratory is analyzed using modern microscopic methods, standard and innovative mycological techniques, analyzed at 630 to 1,000 times magnification.
The most common sampling that we use is Swab for surface contamination and air sampling methods.
SWAB: A sterile cotton or synthetic fiber-typed swab is used to test an area of suspected mold growth. The Laboratory is usually able to determine if there is current of former mold growth or if only normal settled spores were sampled. Identified spores are generally reported as "present/absent".
AIR SAMPLING: Environmental sample that investigators collect to study bio-aerosols (Mold, pollen, particulates). Non variable methods, the laboratory results are reported in "spores per cubic meter (sp/m3).
Z5 Cassette or Micro 5 Cassette are spore trap is use with a portable air pump (5 liters/minute for 1 to 5 minutes) to rapidly collect airborne aerosols including mold, pollen and other airborne particulates. Air is drawn through a small slit at the top of the cassette and spores are trapped on a sticky surface on a small glass slide inside the cassette.
Then these samplings are sent to a laboratory to be analyzed. We have the results within 2 to 3 business days and we will provide you with a copy of the laboratory results and offer solutions that deliver results to rectify and problems.
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