Mold and Water Damage
* Visual and sampling investigations to determine the presence and extent of mold, bacteria, or
* Infrared thermography (IR) and moisture surveys to identify wet materials and water intrusion
* Written and photo documentation of water-damaged or mold-contaminated areas.
* Generation of a detailed report which explains laboratory results from sampling and how it
* Report recommendations which guide mold remediation contractors with procedural
* Generation of a remediation scope of work which details the areas and materials that need to be
* Management of remediation projects or consultation during the project as needed.
* Post-remediation assessment and re-occupancy study to ensure remediation was complete and
* Mold remediation contractor contact information of companies Clean Air Sciences, Inc. has
* Litigation and expert witness services and law firm contacts.
* Assistance with insurance claims for water damage/mold loss recovery.
* Investigations are tailored to meet your needs and financial constraints.
* Samples are shipped for next day delivery for analysis by a laboratory that is accredited by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA).
Sampling investigations may be performed with each sample at the discretion of the client and Clean Air Sciences, Inc. personnel will recommend sampling strategies that will provide enough investigative data to make informed decisions to solve your mold problems.
What Causes Mold Growth?
Mold growth typically occurs after some type of water intrusion, leak from appliance, roof - shingle/flashing/junction, foundation weeps or cracks, forced-building envelop penetration from severe weather, or flooding and sump-pump failure. Once an event such as these occur mold growth will occur within 4-5 days and single-event water impact typically promotes the growth of several highly allergenic and potentially toxigenic (toxic to humans) fungi such as Aspergillus and Penicillium. Long-term leaks over 2 weeks promotes the proliferation of the highly toxigenic fungi such as Chaetomium, Stachybotrys, Trichoderma, and Memnoniella all of which produce mycotoxins (toxic mold chemicals). Moldy and musty odors are from the microbial volatile organic compounds (mVOCs) produced from the mold digesting what it is growing on. Mold grows very well on cellulose-based products such as drywall paper, wood, fabric, and cardboard but it may also grow on finished material if enough organic material (food) is present. Click here for a fungal glossary.