Mold Inspection and ERMI Testing
A new mold test developed by EPA scientists called the ERMI (EPA Relative Moldiness Index) test can determine if a home is more or less likely to have “unhealthy” mold conditions. Molds are found in every home but certain types of molds should not be present. The test provides a straightforward, objective, and standardized way for realtors, property managers, homeowners, and others to interpret mold test results. Home buyers can use this tool to predict if their new home is likely to have a history of water damage. Test results are compared to a national database and reported as a “moldiness index” of 1 to 4. An ERMI result in Level 1 or Level 2 indicates that there is a low likelihood that the building has a mold contamination problem. A Level 3 ERMI index indicates a moderate likelihood and a Level 4 indicates a high likelihood of a mold problem. Knowing the ERMI Index value is also valuable in predicting asthma exacerbations. For more information, please contact one of our environmental professionals nearest you. We perform ERMI and traditional mold testing in Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maryland, and Virginia.
Water is necessary for mold to grow. Finding hidden leaks or other sources of water intrusion is a challenging task. Our Certified Level I Thermographers and Certified Building Science Thermographers are experts in performing Infrared moisture surveys to locate areas that have the potential for mold growth. Advantages of using infrared thermography include:
For more information about our infrared building survey, please contact one of our environmental professionals nearest you. We perform infrared surveys in Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maryland, and Virginia.
Commercial Building Sick Building Syndrome Investigations
Sick building syndrome (SBS) is a situation in which occupants of a building experience acute health effects that seem to be linked to time spent in a building, but no specific illness or cause can be identified. The complaints may be localized in a particular room or zone, or may be widespread throughout the building. Poor IAQ may cause workers, occupants and even the visiting public to experience a range of non-specific symptoms that affect their comfort or health. Mold caused by water intrusion is often the culprit in SBS. The health related effects of mold exposure are still being studied. There is a growing consensus among the scientific community that exposure to mold can have an impact on the health of both allergenic and non-allergenic people. See the University of Connecticut Health Center Study and the Institute of Medicine, National Academies 2004 Publication: "Damp Indoor Spaces and Health". Some of the symptoms associated with SBS include: headaches, fatigue, nausea, shortness of breath, sinus congestion, eye, nose, and throat irritation.
Foreclosed Property and Mold
Mold and foreclosure go hand in hand. This happens because owners who are going through short sales or foreclosures end up cutting off their HVAC systems, sealing up the unit, and never looking back. In these enclosed spaces, high temperature, stagnant air, and high relative humidity are the perfect receipt for mold. Even some of the most luxurious condos and homes have been affected. Handled correctly, the moldy foreclosed property can be restored to marketability and rendered safe for occupancy. However, its often the sick child tenant or home owner family member who becomes the victim of half-baked mold treatment by an investor who uses lots of bleach and then flips the property or rents it. Mold is one of the most litigious areas of the law and should definitely be handled by a Certified Mold Professional. Please click HERE to find out about our mold services for REO/ foreclosed properties.
We believe a comprehensive scientific approach is required to adequately characterize an indoor air quality or mold problem. Our IAQ specialists are discrete but thorough in diagnosing an indoor air quality or mold infestation concerns. We work with building owners, property managers, landlords, condo associations, schools, and apartment complex managers. Our degreed and experienced industrial hygienists utilize the results from thermographic and moisture surveys, boroscopic examination of wall and ceiling cavities, and air and surface sample analytical results to fully define and resolve an indoor air quality or mold problem. Please call or email us.
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