When to Test for MOLD in a home?
- After a leak, water damage or sewage back-up. Often leaks and flooding water can disappear under floor boards or into water cavities. If you have recently experienced a leak or flood of any kind, it is advised that you insure no mold is forming as a result.
- When an environment or area is damp for any reason. Often times condensation can cause water build up in places where no leaks or water can get to. Dampness is a strong reason to have mold testing done.
- When visible mold is present. Mold does not usually go away by using household treatments like bleach. In many cases spraying bleach water on mold can result in more mold growth. Mold is not easy to control when it has found a suitable environment.
- When a foul or musty odor is detected.
- When people or pets are experiencing allergy-like symptoms. Often, mold can be forming in places that cannot be seen or revealed without professional testing.
- Before purchasing, renting or selling a home or property. A simple mold test performed by our certified inspectors, may save you thousands of dollars. Call us to learn more about helping to test property that you are investing in or considering purchasing. Let us help you protect your investment.
- Any concern that mold may be causing a problem to your health or environment is a good reason to run a test for peace of mind.
Upon completion of mold remediation project we conduct the required clearance sampling.
Complete appropriate sections of a Certificate of Mold Damage Remediation as specified under §295.327(b) of this title (relating to; Certificate of Mold Damage Remediation; Duty of Property Owner).
What if I have done my own remediation or used a unlicensed company to complete the mold remediation?
We can still complete the same form. The usage of this form is prescribed in the Insurance Code Title 5, Subtitle C, Ch. 544, Subchp. G, sec. 544.303(4)(B), rule, 28 TAC 21.1007(e)(1) whereby a licensed mold assessment consultant can certify that he has inspected the property and determined that it “does not contain evidence of mold damage.” The bottom section of the form is for this purpose.
With today’s increasing concern about indoor air quality and the liability associated with failing to address problems that could arise, commercial and public building owners have a need to maintain records and stay a step ahead of regulatory compliance. A system should be in place to document and respond to indoor air quality complaints. Knowledge of current and upcoming standards and guidelines is a must. Indoor air quality can be a painless venture if handled by trained and knowledgeable personnel.
A review and evaluation of historical data including previously performed air quality surveys and/or investigations, HVAC system tests and documented complaints will be necessary. HVAC design specifications will also be used for comparison.
A walk-through survey will be conducted of the entire facility with special attention given to the HVAC systems including mechanical component locations, service zones, outside air sources/mixing and identification of potential air contaminant sources. Potential contaminant sources shall include tobacco smoke, microbial contamination, cleaning and maintenance chemicals, pesticides and outdoor contaminants.
Environmental monitoring should include sampling of Carbon Dioxide (CO2) Carbon Monoxide (CO), temperature and relative humidity.
HVAC system evaluation should be conducted by testing/measurement of the system ventilation and comparison to design specifications. Findings shall also be compared to the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers, Inc. (ASERAE) Standard 62-1989, Ventilation for Acceptable Indoor Air Quality.
To determine the presence of mold, a thorough inspection of the specific area of the facility must be conducted. All Points is licensed by the State of Texas as a Mold Assessment Company and qualified licensed Mold Assessment Consultants as well as Mold Assessment Technicians, using establishes protocols, inspect and collect air, bulk, tape and swab samples for laboratory analysis. All collected samples will be sent to a qualified laboratory that is licensed by the Texas Department of State Health Services to analysis mold. Suspect material will be tested utilizing a moisture meter. Through the use of the probe, All Points can determine the wood moisture equivalent (%WME) of the material.