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Mold Remediation – Inspection Concerns
It is a prime concern for Indoor Environmental Professionals addressing the possibility of Toxic Black contamination in a home apartment or office building to help determine where the growth is occurring. Determining the extent of mold contamination that has occurred is a prime public health concern.
An indoor environmental impact survey is highly recommended to help determine appropriate environmental engineering controls for a project…
Fun Guy Certified Mold Inspector – Acquires indoor and outdoor mold samples..
ASHREA 180 Standard HVAC Cleaning Guidelines
(Mold Process) Remediation of Microbial Contamination
Each state may have their own requirement when applying commercial cleaners to a HVAC system.
Check the department of agriculture to determine if they should be applied to the HVAC system.
Licensing for HVAC contractors exist in approximately 25 states. If you are modifying or repairing the system (air duct cleaning)a company maybe required to hold a license in your state. Licensing for Mold, may also be required, Texas – Louisiana, Florida, Virgina, Maryland, Arkansas are current states with mold licenses.
Fungicides used in agriculture were actually known to be applied to crops and are not intended for HVAC systems. public officials are deciding what steps to take against the second wave of the H1N1 virus, known as the swine flu, new information is available between airborne diseases and the our building’s central air and heating systems. The new report from the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and air conditioning engineers (ASHREA), Infectious Disease Position Document, implies that ventilation is a main vector of diseases transmission. Known information about influenza transmission usually occurs through droplet transmission or direct contact. New data suggest that influenza transmission occurs through an airborne route, implicating HVAC systems. ASHREAS goal of this following document is to use health science, combined with engineering practices and principals to identify how changes can be made in the HVAC system to prevent the transmission of the disease through the air. The three known methods of transmission are large droplet nuclei (>10M), direct contact and smaller droplet nuclei (<10m). Personal hygiene, using handkerchiefs or masks, has been a direct control strategy for the coughing and sneezing that produces droplet nuclei CDC 2001. The known dispersion patterns a cough or sneeze may also travel through the airborne route, as data suggest, HVAC systems may contribute to disease transmission. Ventilation represents a primary infectious disease control strategy through dilution of room air around a source (CDC 2005). Solutions of interest include; dilution ventilation, differential room pressurization, room flow regimes, source capture, filtration, UV irradiation, or source capture ventilation. Directed supply and / or exhaust ventilation such as laminar flow and displacement is important in several settings including operating rooms (AIA 2006). LEFT Picture – Vent cover,HVAC. H1N1 Flu Virus.
It is highly recommended the remediation plan for mold decontamination include removal of contaminated materials or employ aggressive cleaning techniques when removal is impractical. Removal of contaminated porous HVAC system materials is recommended (See ACGIH Bioaerosols: Assessment and Control, 1999).
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National Air Duct Cleaning Association – NADCA Standardss
Assessment Cleaning and Remediation of HVAC Systems-2006
- The new standard shall be ready in November 2010. Non-Ansi approved document but currently working with IAQA, and ASHREA. Guide forms will be available to meet the standard and elevate the performance of the industry as a whole.
- No Sanitizers or disinfectants are registered for use in HVAC systems through the EPA.
- The product and the use must be reviewed before they are applied to a HVACsystem.More and more chemicals can have “multiple chemical sensitivity” to cleaners applied to HVAC ducts. “When used, antimicrobial treatments or coatings must be applied in strict accordance with the manufacturer’s written recommendations or EPA registration listing”, (ACR, 9.2.1).
- Adequate HVAC physical cleaning “Mechanical cleaning techniques employ sizeable vacuum collection units, portable vacuum collection units, mechanical agitation systems, hand brushing tools, pressurized air sources, pressurized water sources, plus other tools and equipment to dislodge attached particulate and debris”. ACR 6.1
- Cleaning Methods of cleaning are compared based on the type of debris impacted on the surface of the air conditioning coils. Type 1 & Type 2 “Air handler may have electric coil cleaning products to clean the HVAC coil” and the entire system-including duct work, coils, grills, and the central HVAC unit.
- Negative pressure should be used to control contaminants. “Collection devices must be used to convey and collect debris and prevent cross migration of dislodged particulate during the mechanical cleaning process.” ACR 6.1.1.
- Use HEPA Equipment”It is highly recommended the HVAC component being remediated using HEPA contact vacuuming also be negatively pressurized using a vacuum collection device” ACR 6.1.3.
It is advised that the building owner or owners representative
Guidelines for Assessment & Remediation of Mold, April, 2005
EPA – Environmental Protection Agency – Mold Remediation Guidelines
Mold remediation in Schools and Commercial Buildings
This document includes measures to protect health and safety, designed for those responsible for schools and commercial buildings. This item contains:
- Unless there is physical Mold Growth or extensive feces the EPA does not recommend cleaning your air ducts.
- Moisture Prevention – fix plumbing, manage condensation, maintain heater-a/c, vent appliances, perform routine inspections.
- Mold Remediation – Fix or repair the water source – Completely cleanup mold and dry water damaged areas.
Table 1 presents strategies to respond to water damage within 24-48 hours.
Mold Remediation Guidelines
- Cleanup Methods – Wet Vac – Damp Wipe – HEPA Vac – Discard Mold Damaged Materials –
- Personal Protective Equipment – Respirators, Skin & Eye Protection
- Containment – Poly & Exhaust System (negative air)
- Equipment – Moisture meters & Mold Sampling Pumps
How do you know when you are finished with the mold cleanup procedure?
Mold Remediation Checklist.
EPA Mold Remediation in Schools and Commercial Buildings
Mold Removal Companies- FunGuy Inspection & Consulting LLC – Los Angeles, Ca
Advanced Environmental 23470 Hawthorne Blvd Ste. 104, Torrance, CA 90505. 310.378.6347 firstname.lastname@example.org www.moldwhatnow.com/ At Advanced Environmental we have strong work ethic and commitment, high standards of workmanship and dedication to each project, along with affordable prices we have established our company as the leading company for Property Damage Restoration and Cleanup. Better Business Bureau rated us with the highest “AAA” rating in the industry..
BIP Water & Fire Damage 818.568.5389 email@example.com www.bipemergency.com/ With fifteen years of experience, we have performed every type of abatement across a wide range of projects; residential, industrial, commercial and demolition.
Controlled Environmental Solutions, CES 14736 Arminta St., Van Nuys, CA 91402. 800.646.6226 firstname.lastname@example.org www.cesasbestos.com/ With fifteen years of experience, we have performed every type of abatement across a wide range of projects; residential, industrial, commercial and demolition.
American Technologies 9701 Topanga Canyon Place, Chatsworth, CA 91311 & 8444 Miralani Dr., San Diego, CA 92126. (818) 700-5060 http://www.amer-tech.com/ Since American Technologies, Inc. was established in 1989, we have grown into a leader in comprehensive disaster recovery services in the Western U.S. Currently, we have a combined staff of over 600 restoration, remediation and environmental specialists in 10 offices located throughout California as well as Phoenix, AZ and Las Vegas, NV. Our crews are professionally trained and armed with state-of-the-art equipment to handle.
Alliance Environmental, 680 Flinn AVe. Unit 32, Moorpark, CA 93021 888-314-3300 www.alliance-enviro.com We provide safe, efficient, clean and high quality services to our customers and partners. In our fast-changing communities, we work together as a group for a safe environment and offer our customers innovative solutions.
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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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