Mold Inspections and Remediation Protocols
CEA offers a wide range of testing methods and assessment types involving the examination of Mold (mould) within the indoor environment. Mold is often over exaggerated and under remediated. It is very important for home owners and commercial business owners to understand the financial and health risks mold could potentially cause. Water damage, moisture damage and humidity damage are almost always directly related to subsequent mold growth within an affected area.
There are two primary types of inspections CEA preforms for mold.
Initial Assessments; the inspection of known or potential mold related damages to the interior and exterior building materials. CEA conducts a limited non-destructive (unless otherwise requested) visual assessment of accessible building materials to assess for the visual, water staining, visible suspect mold, suspect discoloration or damaged building materials. CEA then provides a written report providing observations, images, thermal images (when necessary), observation location map, recommendations and discussion. It is important many times that our client receives a estimation or suspected source of the mold and related water damage. This is provided in the discussion portion of the report our clients receive to better communicate potential repairs and remediation for the related damages.
Post Remediation Assessment; Once all work has been completed within a residence or commercial structure, the area(s) will be inspected for microbial growth or wet materials and evaluated for the effectiveness of the remediation activities. If further assessment of the work area is necessary, fungal samples may also be collected.
Should you Test for Mold? This question is frequently asked and the answer truly depends on the client's requirements and needs.
•If air samples are collected, mold spore and structure concentrations inside the containment should be similar (in total spore count and genera) or less than, samples collected outside the
containment and outdoors;
•If surface samples are collected, mold spore and structure concentrations on the sample should be reported as no more than “Rare”.