Step. #1 Visual Mold Inspection
A visual mold inspection for fungi is the most important first step in identifying a possible mold growth contamination problem. FunGuy Inspection & Consulting LLC will determine the extent of any water damage and potential mold growth during your building assessment. Let FunGuy help you determine if mold growth possibilities exists on your property. Call today (888)470-0470. Certified and Fully Insured.
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Step. #2 Moisture Assessment
Drywall and other building materials can hold moisture for extended amounts of time making the potential for mold growth ever increasing. Knowledge of a recent flood or previous water event is an important factor in determining remedial strategies or a Mold Testing hypothesis. The history of a building is a critical piece of information that can help isolate a potential mold problem. Building materials such as OSB board can absorb water readily and contain mold within the substance. Indoor contaminants caused by damp and humid conditions should be repaired by a licensed, bonded and insured specialty mold remediation company. Water Damage? Mold Problems? Free Mold Quote! Call (888)470-0470.
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Step #3 Collecting Mold Samples
Mold samples can help determine a “snap shot” of your indoor environment. Air samples for Mold spores can be taken from your indoor environment and can help Fun Guy Mold Inspection & Consulting LLC detect and confirm suspect mold growth conditions. Physical mold samples including bulk mold samples, tape lift mold samples and swab mold samples, all can be taken by a mold inspector at the time of your mold investigation. The EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) has limited information on Permissible Exposure Limits PELs to biological contaminants within residential structures. Fun Guy Inspection & Consulting LLC uses EMLab, an AIHA (American Industrial Hygiene Association) accredited laboratory for all microbial analysis. Mold samples taken with Air-O-Cell cassettes can help determine if mold spore concentrations are normal or elevated within indoor environments. Call today to learn more (888)470-0470.
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How we Test for Mold
We can test your home using two primary methods that determine the quantity and type of mold spores. Our primary concern is to gather as much information as possible about the history of the building. Using this information will allow the inspector to prioritize the contaminated areas and establish a methodology for acquiring indoor samples. Bulk, swab, or tape samples can be taken from an area on the building structure or on furniture. Using this strategy to sample different locations will indicate possible mold growth reservoirs. Air sampling, with an Air O Cell cassette, can trap the total amount of spores within a given area. Testing and collecting the air for biological agents is usually done to test a hypothesis. Some reasons to test the air for biological agents would be to identify the presence of biological agents, identify biological releases, or monitor the effective control measures. Biological agents would include, mold spores, pollen, bacteria, aggregates, and products of local plants, arthropods, birds or mammals.
Testing will help determine if mold remediation is necessary. Often a air samples will not collect the spores accumulated on the surfaces of building structures. Bulk samples can provide additional information that involves the source, antigens, microbial toxins, general composition and concentrations.
How we collect samples
Generally, we take bulk or aseptic samples are removed from the original source and then collected in a new, clean, sterile container. The variety of techniques used to acquire samples differs greatly. Bulk pieces can be taken from the property if properly sealed in a plastic bag. Slide cassettes are sealed from the factory and are generally used during the time of the investigation. After sampling each end of the cassette is sealed from any exterior contaminants. Adhesive tape maybe used for examination by microscope and are the easiest to collect. Most of the hyphal structures and reproductive structures can be saved and provide evidence of microbiological growth. Tape sampling does not contribute to the total concentration of environmental contamination.
People exposed to black and toxic mold have reported many symptoms, including, but not limited to:
* Headaches *Wheezing *Nose Bleeds *Fatigue *Memory Loss *Stuffy Noses *Sore Eyes *Dizziness *Sore Throat *Coughing *Sneezing *Respiratory Ailments *Asthma *Skin Irritations *Breathlessness *Runny Nose *Horseness *Inflammation of the Sinuses *Blurred Vision *Burning Eyes *Dry Cough
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