Mold Fighter Services
Mold Assessment & Testing

An essential element in the investigation is the visual inspection of all building systems to preliminarily assess the likely source or causative agent in the complaint.

During the initial phase of the investigation, potential sources of water intrusion, discoloration of building materials, and the presence of "earthy" odors should be evaluated.

If an obvious problem is not identified during the initial phase of the investigation, a more thorough effort may be required, including the documentation of occupant complaints and their associated observations, as well as the collection of air and surface samples.

Investigations of buildings should always target areas where contamination is suspected and include uncontaminated indoor and outdoor control samples. Of primary importance is that an adequate number of samples be collected in order to characterize the problem.

Because statistically relevant sample number recommendations do not exist, we typically recommend that as many sample locations be included in the investigation as is economically feasible. Where questions exist regarding the quantity of sampling required in a residence, we recommend that at least five indoor air sample locations be sampled (for an average size home) in order to have a reasonable chance of characterizing the problem in one site visit.

The evaluation of air and surface sampling results is generally based on the assessment and comparison of fungi quantity and species in contaminated indoor areas with uncontaminated indoor environments, as well as a relative comparison of outdoor fungi to indoor fungi quantity and species.

Interpretation of fungi sampling results is complicated because there are currently no regulatory standards regarding acceptable levels of fungi in indoor environments.

The universally accepted method of interpretation supported by the health community is the assessment and comparison of fungi quantity and species in contaminated indoor areas with uncontaminated indoor environments, as well as relative comparison of outdoor fungi to indoor fungi quantity and species. Note: Due to common mold contamination problem and importance of mold health hazards ENVIRONMENTAL C&R offers full service indoor air quality control for mold assessment and mold remediation. Mold assessment includes mold inspection mold testing such as mold air sampling, mold surface sampling and mold bulk sampling. , mold remediation includes toxic mold removal, black mold removal, toxic mold clean up and black mold clean up for existing commercial and residential properties in Orange County and Los Angeles areas. From mold assessment (mold inspection and toxic mold testing) to complete mold remediation (mold removal and mold decontamination) Environmental C & R offers our customers peace of mind and complete indoor environmental health.

Mold Surface Assessment
  • Tape Lift
  • Contact Plate
  • Sterile Swabs

Of primary importance is that an adequate number of samples be collected in order to characterize the problem. Where questions exist regarding the quantity of sampling required in a residence, we ensure all samples are collected and analyzed in accordance with the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) publication, entitled Field Guide for the determination of Biological Contaminants in Environmental Samples, and the American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists (ACGIH) publication, entitled Bioaerosols; Assessment and Control.

Viable and Non-Viable microbiological air sampling may be collected to identify the types and number of mold spores. The number and types of samples varies for each problem.

Mold Air Sampling
  • Spore Traps
  • Culture Traps

Of primary importance is that an adequate number of samples be collected in order to characterize the problem. Where questions exist regarding the quantity of sampling required in a residence, we ensure all samples are collected and analyzed in accordance with the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) publication, entitled Field Guide for the determination of Biological Contaminants in Environmental Samples, and the American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists (ACGIH) publication, entitled Bioaerosols; Assessment and Control.

Viable and Non-Viable microbiological air sampling may be collected to identify the types and number of mold spores. The number and types of samples varies for each problem.

Mold Sampling Analysis/ Laboratory

All samples will only be sent for microbiological analysis to a laboratory, which is participant in AIHA Environmental Microbiology Laboratory Accreditation Program (EMLAP) program.

Mold Reports

After receiving the sampling results a report will be provided to the client to address the existence of potential problems based on the sampling. There is no established level of general dose-response relationship due to the wide range of human susceptibility to diseases caused by mold. AIHA and ACGIH Guidelines will be closely followed by the CIH to review the results and provide the report to the client.

Mold Remediation

After assessment and air sampling depend upon the results all or some of the following procedures will be taken:

  • Tear-outs
  • Negative Air
  • Disinfections
  • Encapsulation
  • HEPA Vacuum
  • Wipe-downs
  • Full Containments
  • Partial Containments
  • Post remediation Air sampling (If required)
  • Level one through five (OSHA Requirement)

Area of work could be:

  • Walls
  • Attics
  • Floors
  • Crawl Spaces
  • Sub-flooring
  • Ceilings

All fungi are health concern whether they are viable (able to grow) or non viable (essentially dead). The remediation should be done in a controlled environment.

The preparation of the affected areas normally involves isolating the space from the remainder of the home or business to prevent the release into unaffected areas.

All penetrations, doorways, and vents are sealed off prior to remove the affected materials. Engineering controls including air filtration devices, decontamination center, and HEPA equipped power tools are used to perform the actual removal.

Prior to removal, the areas of visible growth should be sprayed with a biocide, hypo chlorite or phenol agent to reduce airborne release. The affected materials are removed and sealed in bags before being removed from the work area.

All exposed surfaces are HEPA vacuumed, and cleaned to remove any residual mold which may be present. The affected areas are treated with a biocide solution and the area is allowed to dry thoroughly.

The area should then be tested by a competent consultant to determine if there is any need for further remediation and/or cleaning. in some cases, the affected surfaces should be sealed with a pigmented material to prevent further growth on the organic materials.

After the work is completed and the area deemed clear, the isolation barriers and engineering controls are removed. The area is then ready for replacement materials to be installed.

Cost Estimate & Scope of Work
  • Mold Assessment, Mold Inspection Cost

It is not realistic to estimate the cost of a project without specific information and client requirements. However the following are scope of work and the two most common examples of assessments.

A. Screening:

When the purpose of assessment is to screen whether or not the mold is present

  • Report writing
  • Visual Inspection
  • Analytical results review
  • Surface sampling. Limited sampling (2-3 samples if needed)
  • Temperature and Humidity measurement, Moisture measurement (if needed)
  • Minimum two non-viable microbiological air samples are collected inside and at least one sample outside the unit
  • Inside the wall cavity inspection (2" to 4" diameter cuts are made on suspect surfaces to identify the source/extension of the intrusion)
B. Microbiological Air Sampling assessment/Species identification:

When a residence makes health complaint or the case requires identification and evaluation of harmful species more thorough assessment is required.

  • Report writing
  • Visual Inspection
  • Analytical results review.
  • Surface sampling. Limited sampling (2-3 samples if needed)
  • Two to three viable microbiological air samples inside and one outside the unit.
  • Temperature and humidity measurement/Moisture measurements (if needed)
  • Minimum two non-viable microbiological air samples are collected inside and at least one sample outside the unit.
  • Inside the wall cavity inspection (2" to 4" diameter cuts are made on suspect surfaces to identify the source/extension of the intrusion surface samples may be collected and submitted to the laboratory for analysis)
Mold Remediation Cost

All samples will only be sent for microbiological analysis to a laboratory, which is participant in AIHA Environmental Microbiology Laboratory Accreditation Program (EMLAP) program.

HVAC Decontamination Training
  • AHU's
  • Tear-outs
  • Ductwork
  • Disinfections
  • Encapsulation
Asbestos Abatement
  • ISD's
  • Municipal
  • Industrial
  • Residential
  • Commercial
Lead Abatement
  • ISD's
  • Municipal
  • Industrial
  • Residential
  • Commercial
Professional Consulting

Professional Consulting Services By Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH) Available to:

Commercial and Residential Buildings, Insurance Companies, Attorney, Real Estate Brokers, Expert Witness, Business Owners

We offer consultation in areas of Mold, Asbestos, Lead & other Hazardous Material. The scope of consultation includes but not limited to the following:

  • Hazard Assessment
  • Risk Communication
  • Hazard identification
  • Litigation/Expert Testimony
  • Point Source Identification
  • Hazard Control and Mitigation
  • Biological/Chemical Sampling
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