Our standard mold investigation is anything but “standard”. Having been in the mold restoration industry for nine years, we understand building systems and we understand how to fix them when they get wet. Unlike most environmental consultants.
The standard mold investigation is designed to fit the needs of our clients. We conduct an inspection of your home or office, looking for visible signs of water damage or mold growth. We also use thermal imaging to look for signs of moisture in the building materials. We collect air and surface samples (we always collect at least two outside air samples for baseline comparison to indoor air samples), and surface samples when necessary. All projects are photo documented and all the information we collect is passed on to the client. Our reports are complete and accurate, and include environmental data, general recommendations for mold remediation, containment recommendations, project specific recommendations for proper remediation (this is the “protocol” that your contractor needs in order to give you an accurate bid), photos, laboratory reports, and a colored diagram of the project site so that you and your contractor can see, at a glance, what needs to be done.
Northern California has some great remediation contractors, but none of them can determine when a project is truly complete. The last step in a remediation project is the post-remediation verification. This is the “final clearance” investigation that determines how effective the contractor was at remediating the mold or bacteria.
Our post-remediation verification investigation includes a visual inspection of the remediated areas, air and surface sampling, photo documentation, moisture documentation, and a final report to document the success. Our clearance criteria is simple: the work area must be dust-free, no visible microbial growth or water staining, moisture content in the building materials below 15%, and the mold spore concentrations in the air and on the surfaces must be reflective of normal (outdoor) fungal ecology.