MOLD ASSESSMENTS, MOLD SCREENING, MOLD TESTING, MOLD INSPECTIONS & ENVIRONMENTAL CONSULTING
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ENVIRONMENTAL (MOLD) INSPECTIONS & TESTING
We set the standards for Mold Inspectors and Mold Assessors in providing solutions to indoor air quality issues. Our principal, John M. Acaron, Sr. has a bachelor's (BSME) & (TDME) in Mechanical Engineering and is a State of Florida Licensed Home Inspector & State of Florida Licensed Mold Assessor and Board Certified Master Inspector (CMI). John M. Acaron, Sr. also has significant experience in commercial and residential construction; he has managed and built a number of large residential water front and non-water front houses in the local area. Additionally, John M. Acaron, SR. is registered and certified by ESA, IAC2, EMLS and PRO-LAB, to perform environmental services such as Organic Microbial (Mold Screening & Mold Testing & Allergens Testing). John M. Acaron, Jr is a Senior Project Chemist (BSChem) with extensive experience in environmental studies, Analytical data interpretation, Sampling techniques and Evaluations.
INDOOR MICROBIAL SPECIALIST / HOME INSPECTOR USA Mold Assessment & Testing Office caters to: The Villages, Ocala, Orlando, Micanopy, Lady Lake, Leesburg, Wildwood, Belleview, Oxford, Mount Dora, Eustis, Summerfield, Crystal River, Clermont, Gainesville and Newberry, Florida among other cities nearby. We are Central and North Florida Mold Inspection & Mold Assessment Company of choice. Our Mold Inspections/ Assessments begin with a interview of the occupants of the house or office following up with a thorough visual inspection and screening of the interior and exterior of the building to try to identify the root cause and origin of the moisture intrusion that supported the Mold growth. Identifying the cause and origin is critical and may not always be clear or evident. Our Mold Assessment report is crafted for your understanding. It will contain digital photography with captions explaining
what was discovered. It will contain the laboratory results with explanations. If the mold discovered does require remediation, you will be provided with a comprehensive and detailed remediation plan (protocol) to correct the problem and we will consult with you for your understanding and concerns. HIUSA/ IMS uses IICRC S520 (Standard and Reference for Professional Mold Remediation), IICRC S500 (Standard and Reference Guide for Professional Water Damaged Restoration) and ASTM D-7338 (Standard Guide for Assessment of Fungal Growth in Buildings) for study references.
INDOOR MICROBIAL SPECIALIST uses Infrared thermography commonly called infrared imaging or thermal imaging. Infrared thermography is an advanced, non-invasive technology that allows an inspector to identify deficiencies in buildings that can't be revealed using conventional visual inspection methods. Thermographic cameras
detect radiation in the long-infrared range of the electromagnetic
spectrum and produce images of that radiation. The amount of
radiation emitted by an object, called "Emissivity", increases with
temperature; therefore, thermography allows for variations in
temperature to be identified. In conjunction with our thermal
imager, we use a TRAMEX Ecounter moisture meters, IR
Thermometer and Moisture detector among other instruments to
identified conditions that with water intrusion or high levels of moisture. The use and combination of Infrared thermography and other moisture detection equipment will give us the real condition of the structure or equipment scanned.
MOLD ASSESSMENTS MAY INCLUDE:
Collection of background information
Formulation of a hypothesis
Digital photography of issues with written observations of evidence of moisture, (toxic) black molds or, non-toxic molds, thermal images with explanations of captured moisture issues, flood damage, water damage, evidence of moisture intrusion, and damage caused by indoor humidity issues
Moisture Tests: Hydro Probe, Moisture Meter read outs with explanations of active moisture intrusion (wet wall areas that are present)
Infrared Thermal Scanning
IAQ air sampling, Wall Cavity sampling, SWAB or Bi-O-Tape
Laboratory results with a determination if the fungal ecology is normal. Final Mold Assessment report (Laboratory & IMS/HIUSA)
Mold Remediation Protocol plan (if necessary). General Recommendations.
TYPES OF MOLD SAMPLES:
Air Quality Sample - This is collected via an air pump and spore trap. Our traps collect 1505 Cubic Liters of air, and identify any mold spores present in the air. All homes have some levels of mold in the air, these samples determine if the airborne levels in the clients home are normal or have elevated levels. We can collect these from any rooms/areas of concern, and we base them off of an outside control sample.
Cavity Sample - This is collected with the same air pump, but with a tube connected to the end of the spore trap to allow a sample to be collected from within walls. These are collected whenever a wall shows signs of visual damage or if a wall has high moisture content. These tell us whether elevated conditions exist behind inaccessible walls to determine if removal is necessary.
Surface Sample - Surface samples can be taken of any visual discoloration or growth that is observed. We are able to do this by using a medical swab or tape lift. These will identify the species of any observed growth. This often helps when determining the source of any airborne levels.
Bulk Samples - Bulk or surface samples are a key determinant in evaluating building condition, provided they are collected strategically and in accompaniment of a careful visual inspection using good inspection methodology. A casual look may find obvious black spores but miss more problematic light-colored fungal colonies; a colony can, of course be hidden behind building walls or ceilings or under furniture.
The samples collected identify any mold types present. Air samples give exact spore counts and concentrations. Surface samples identify the mold species and growth concentration. We always start with an outside air sample that serves as a control that sets baseline numbers for what is normal and acceptable. It is then compared to an inside sample from the area of greatest concern. This will basically let us know whether or not elevated conditions exist or not.
After samples have been collected, they are then sent to a third party laboratory for analysis. The laboratory turnaround time is typically 2-4 business days. Guaranteed next day results are available at an extra fee. Once the results have been reviewed, a full protocol of any required work is then created if elevated conditions exist. This report tells you what samples were taken, what exact species and concentration were found, and what the next steps would be. All samples collected are accompanied by a
photo for identification purposes. If elevated conditions are not found to exist, a general findings report is provided stating the collected samples and that elevated mold conditions were not found to exist.
HOME INSPECTOR USA / INDOOR MICROBIAL SPECIALIST offers Environmental services such as:
* Organic Microbial (Mold & Allergens) Screening & Testing
* Indoor Air Quality Testing (Mold), Surface Sampling
* Cavity Air Sampling and Bulk Sampling
* Infrared Thermograhy and IR Thermometer Scanning
* Organic Microbial Photo Protocol w/Description
* Mold Remediation Protocol (Detailed)
* ERMI Testing
* Expert Witness & Consulting
Toxic mold can be inside walls, under tubs, behind appliances etc. and you may not be able to see it. Take the threat of Toxic Black Mold seriously, but remember that Mold can be eliminated in a short period of time and life can and will go on as normal!. Many species of mold and mildew (or the mycotoxins they produce) can cause or aggravate a number of ailments.
Common effects from molds such as Stachybotrys Atra, Penecillium, Cladosporium and several strains of Aspergillius, are asthma, pneumonitis, upper respiratory problems, sinusitis, dry cough, skin rashes, stomach upset, headaches, disorientation and bloody noses. Numerous other species of mold and mildew are also toxic, and many mycotoxins are known carcinogens. Severe exposures can lead to internal bleeding, kidney and liver failure and pulmonary emphysema.
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