We provide the services needed to diagnose and resolve mold issues. As mold is a symptom of a water intrusion problem, we apply a multi-disciplinary approach to mold problems.
First, our industrial hygienists determine if there is mold amplification, and if so where it is located. Our architectural and/or engineering staff then determines the cause of the moisture event, and determines what is needed to correct the moisture problem. We develop construction documents for the work needed to resolve the moisture problem, assist the owner in securing a qualified contractor, and then oversee the work. For mold remediation we monitor the contractor, and perform clearance inspections and sampling. It is always necessary to correct the underlying moisture issue before mold can be successfully remediated.
It should be noted that mold is only one of the symptoms that result from a moisture problem. There may also be proliferation of bacteria, mites, insects, algae, rot, corrosion, staining, and other forms of water damage. Mold is frequently used as a harbinger of the underlying moisture problem due to the ease with which it can be observed and sampled. However, remediation should be regarded as correction of the moisture issue, repair of damage, and remediation of all microbiological proliferation.
At this time building owners and facility managers are frequently assaulted by misinformation about mold resulting from ill-conceived and improper sampling and assessments performed by individuals who lack the knowledge, education, and experience needed to develop a proper sampling plan, and to properly interpret sampling results. Unfortunately, at this time, credential programs developed by states and private certification bodies are inadequate to assure competence on the part of samplers and assessors. In the worst cases, ill-informed sampling and assessments have been coupled with outrageous claims that have caused great, and frequently unwarranted, anguish for homeowners and building occupants.
We treat sampling and assessment for mold as part of our industrial hygiene practice. Sampling is performed in accordance with a sampling plan developed by a Certified Industrial Hygienist, and in accordance with sound scientific and industrial hygiene practices. We treat data in accordance with good scientific methods, and assess results in accordance with the latest literature and practices in the industrial hygiene community.
Specific services that we provide relative to mold include:
- Air Sampling
- Bulk Sampling
- Tape and Swab Sampling
- Hazard Assessment
- Remediation Design
- Clearance Testing
Here are some examples of past projects that illustrate our approach.
- Water Intrusion in Community Library Building
- Historic New Orleans French Quarter Hotel Damaged by Hurricane Katrina
- Water Damage Analysis Improves Building HVAC Performance
- Evaluation of Mold Amplification and Moisture Dynamics in University Dormitory
- NYS Attorney General Asks for Help to Resolve College Dorm Contamination Issue