Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s)
Q: ‘How do I know if I have mold?’
A: Mold may be present on various surfaces and will usually have a green/black appearance. Surface sampling and analysis for plate counts and characterization are generally performed to confirm the presence or absence of mold on surfaces within an enclosed building. Sampling of the ambient air is also conducted to determine the presence or absence of mold spores inside the building.
Q: ‘What is performed during a mold inspection?’
A: Mold inspections are grouped into two primary categories that include Initial Damage Inspections and Post Remediation Inspections. The Initial Damage Inspection determines the source of water intrusion, extent of mold contamination within the building, relative humidity assessment inside the building, and surveys of potential sources of moisture and mold.
Q: ‘Why are outdoor samples collected for mold analysis?’
A: Outdoor air samples are collected to determine a baseline for the mold spore analysis of indoor air samples. If indoor spore concentrations are greater than outdoor concentrations, it is probable that the mold source is within the tested area(s) of the building. In addition, if a certain type of mold spore is detected in the indoor ambient air that is not present in the outdoor air sample, this may indicate a mold problem.
Q: ‘What is a Remedial Protocol and why do I need one?’
A: A Remedial Protocol is a specific set of guidelines that a Certified Mold Remediator must follow with regards to the extent of removal of mold contaminated materials. The Remedial Protocol will also specify whether or not cleaning of the indoor air is required in areas where air samples were collected for mold spore concentrations. The Remedial Protocol is usually required for an insurance company to quantify the damage and provide coverage for the associated costs for the removal and reconstruction activities.
Q: ‘What is a Post-Remediation Inspection and why do I need one?’
A: A Post-Remediation Inspection is a follow up inspection that is completed after remediation activities are performed. The Post-Remediation Inspection involves a visual assessment and surface and air sampling to determine if the mold impacted materials have been fully removed in accordance with the Remedial Protocol. A Post-Remediation Inspection is required to ensure that no residual mold exists, and therefore cannot spread to create further indoor air quality problems after reconstruction is completed.
Q: ‘Why should I be concerned with mold in my home?’
A: Exposure to mold can cause a variety of health problems including respiratory aliments, allergies, headaches, and infections. Pets can also experience health problems due to contact with mold. Mold can also damage the building interior and external structure, as well as the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems.
Indoor Environmental Standards Organization (IESO) www.iestandards.org
American Society of Heating, Refrigeration, and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) www.ashrae.org
Indoor Fungi Resource www.dehs.umn.edu/iaq/fungus
USEPA Indoor Air www.epa.gov/iaq
Indoor Air Quality Association www.iaqa.com
Indoor Air Quality Times www.iaqtimes.com
Doctor Fungus www.doctorfungus.org
The Aspergillus Website www.aspergillus.man.ac.uk
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