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Make sure that fuel-burning appliances are well-maintained and inspected yearly

Don't idle your car or run other fuel-burning engines in an attached garage

Do not store paints, solvents or varnishes inside your home

Don't smoke or allow smoking inside your home

Don't store particle board inside your home for any length of time. It may release formaldehyde.

What Is "Mould Assessment?"

Mould assessment involves an inspection of a building to evaluate whether mould growth is present, and to what extent. Samples may be taken to determine the amount and types of mould that are present; however, sampling is not necessary in many cases. A mould assessment consultant is responsible for developing a mould remediation protocol, that specifies the estimated quantities and locations of materials to be remediated, the proposed methods to use and clearance criteria that must be met.

What Is Meant By "Clearance Criteria?"

Clearance criteria refer to the level of "cleanliness" that is to be achieved by the persons conducting the mould clean up. It is very important that you understand and agree with the assessor prior to starting the project what an acceptable clearance level will be, including what will be acceptable results for any air sampling or surface sampling for mould.

There are no national or state standards identifying a "safe" level of mould. Mould spores are a natural part of the environment that is always present at some level in the air and on surfaces all around us. See below for more information about post-remediation assessments.

What Is "Mould Remediation?"

Mould remediation is the clean up and removal of mould growth from surfaces and/or contents in a building. It also refers to actions taken to prevent mould from growing. Mould remediators must follow the mould remediation protocol described above and their own mould remediation work plan that provides specific instructions and/or standard operating procedures for how the project will be done.

Before a remediation project can be deemed successful, a post-remediation assessment must be conducted by a mould assessment consultant.

This is an inspection to ensure that the work area is free from all visible mould and wood rot, the project was completed in compliance with the remediation protocol and remediation work plan, and meets all clearance criteria that were specified in the protocol. The assessment consultant must give you a passed clearance report documenting the results of this inspection. If the project fails clearance, further remediation as prescribed by a consultant will be necessary.

Basic Quantitiative/Qualtiative Moisture Assessment

Used to find out how much of as well as what kind of mold is inside a dwelling.

  1. We have to first find a cause. This is achieved by our Level I Site Assessment. We are looking for water incursion, roof leaks, broken pipes, excessive humidity as well as other common factors of excessive moisture. The reason is once a mold gets wet it takes approximately 24 to 48 hours to colonize, thus creating elevations in particulates.
  2. To find how much mold you have and what kind it is. That can be achieved by conducting a Level II Site Assessment Test. This means we take samples either by swabs, tape, or bulk to identify surface mold and air samples to see if you're breathing it in.
  3. An outside air sample is used as a base for comparison. Since mold is naturally occurring everywhere in nature, all homes and businesses have some mold.
  4. Once you have identified particulates, you know how to proceed in cleaning it. If it is toxingenic, it is a Hazmat material and must be remediated by a licensed professional. If it is an allergenic, you can in most cases, clean it yourself with a strong detergent.

Comprehensive Quantitiative/Qualtiative Moisture Assessment

Used in same way as basic except much more data is complied using photo documentation as well as infrared thermography.

  1. Inferred Thermography is a very useful tool in helping to find hidden leaks, unseen water damage, water saturation of materials, electrical circuits, changes in the air temperature and air leaks.
  2. Very helpful test for Insurance Claims where burden of proof is essential.
  3. Inferred Thermography is also a good tool for real estate transactions for buyer and/or seller.

Preventative Moisture Management Assessment

This is a Holistic Examination of structure in terms o fits historic, existing and future relationship with water.

  1. We look for signs current or past water damage and microbial growth.
  2. We pay special attention to the discovery of preventative issues, including deferred maintenance and/or building defects that could contribute to future water intrusion issues.
  3. In order to be effective, we follow an easy to understand, consistent and systematic approach with each PMMA. Our reports include references to and photo documentation of each issue discovered on the premises.
  4. A phenomenal tool and of tremendous value to new home buyers, realtors and insurance agents to discover existing but previously undetected or undisclosed issues regarding current and future ability to repel water intrusion.

Infra-Red Thermography

This is a very useful tool to help find hidden leaks, unseen water damage, water saturation of materials, electrical circuits and more.

  1. Shows changes in temperature, air leaks, extent of water damage on building materials, performance testing.
  2. Thermography is used in conjunction with protometers and hygrometers.
  3. Thermography is an essential tool for large scale assessments.
  4. Thermography is an essential tool in insurance claims where burden of proof is mandatory.
  5. Thermography as a tool is invaluable for real estate transactions for both the buyer and/or seller.

Real Time Polymerse Chain Reaction (PCR)

Excellent test to check viability and species of microbial particulate.

  1. The Aspergillus profile, for instance, shows entire Aspergillus family.
  2. If you need to find a specific agent in your home or place of business that a Dr. might have found in your bloodstream for example, this is the test.
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