Professional best practice recommends that mold investigations begin with a comprehensive property inspection by a Certified ACAC mold inspector. All of investigations are conducted by a nationally certified ACAC Mold professional. The ACAC certification requires years of experience in mold investigations, successful completion of a proctored exam, national board review of work products, ongoing training requirements, and ethical standard compliance. (Note that our code of ethics does not allow inspectors to offer to complete mold remediation services).
We will refer you to qualified ACAC mold remediation companies in your area. These companies will provide you with a FREE mold remediation estimate base on our written report. The accredited designation by ACAC is recognized by the California Department of Public Health, multiple city code enforcement agencies and insurance companies. ACAC was founded more than twenty years ago, and is the oldest and only accredited certifying organization for mold inspectors. It is also the only credentialing body with independently-accredited programs through the Council for Engineering and Scientific Specialty Boards (CESB) for those who specialize in assessment and remediation of the indoor mold environment. Find more information about ACAC at http://www.acac.org.
Limited Area Inspection:
The limited area inspection is to detect the presence of mold or other microbials such as bacteria or allergens in a client defined limited area of the home or building. This service provides a fast and economical method to determine if mold is present. The inspection includes: A client interview; a visual inspection of the area of concern and a determination of the source of contamination, as well as recommendations for interventions to stop the microbial growth. In addition, the following tests are conducted: moisture meter tests, and thermal imaging (allows thermal inspections of non-accessible wall areas). Microbial sampling is only conducted with client approval.
A prompt report of this investigation with photos can be provided to the client. This report includes recommendations for further mold sampling (if needed) that can be submitted to a certified microbiologist to determine the kind of mold, bacteria or allergens present. If samples are approved by the client, a written microbial scope of work remediation plan can be provided for the client within 24 to 72 hours. This report plan is typically required by any certified mold remediation company to remove the mold safely and effectively.
Types of mold testing that may be included: Direct sample, if a mold like substance or stain is visible; this will tell us the type of molds present; air quality testing (this tells us the quantity and type of mold genus spores present in the air at the time of the test, this is the vehicle for mold and allergy reactions).
The service inspects the entire property for mold causes and locations. The written report identifies, causes, locations and provides correction recommendations for the presence of mold or other microbials such as bacteria and allergens. The inspection includes: A client interview; visual inspection; moisture meter testing; thermal imaging; specific areas of concern; determination of the source of contamination; microbial testing as approved by the client.
A prompt written report of this investigation can be provided to the client. This report includes recommendations for further mold sampling (if needed) that can be submitted to a certified microbiologist to determine the kind of mold, bacteria or allergens present. If samples are approved by the client at the time of the inspection, a microbial remediation scope of work plan will be provided for the client. This report plan is typically needed by any certified mold remediation company to remove the mold safely and effectively.
Types of mold testing include: Direct sample, if a mold like substance or stain is visible; this will tell us the type of molds present; air quality testing (this tells us the quantity and type of mold genus spores present in the air at the time of the test (this is the vehicle for mold and allergy reactions), DNA / ERMI / SIM mold screen testing to determine exposure burden and specific mold species present that are associated with moisture and health problems.
Comprehensive Inspection Areas:
Grounds: Grading, Drainage, Water supply, Sprinklers;
Structure: Exterior, Walls, Decks, Foundation;
Roof: Surface, Flashings, Gutters, Attic;
Heating/Cooling: Air Handler, Air Intake, Ducts;
Interior: Surfaces, Kitchen, Laundry, Water Heater, Bathrooms, Plumbing Areas
Mold Investigation Testing and Instruments:
Infrared Thermal Imager offers a noninvasive means of monitoring and diagnosing the condition of buildings that are not accessible to a moisture meter. It provides immediate documentation of as-built or post restoration quality, post-casualty cause and origin data, plumbing and building envelope water leakage, post-flood and fire water-damaged material assessment, energy use inefficiency, and roofing. Extending human vision with electronic imaging is one of the most powerful techniques available to science and industry, particularly when it enables us to see light in the infrared, or IR portion of the spectrum.
Moisture meters are utilized at all accessible areas of suspected moisture intrusion into the property. Mold must have moisture levels above 16% to grow in drywall; We use both a pin based and painless moisture meter for suspect areas to avoid false negative findings.