Onsite Building Mold Investigation Service for Mold and other Indoor Air Quality IAQ Contaminants
FORENSIC BUILDING INVESTIGATION SERVICES - CONTENTS: Description of on-site building investigation, inspection, & testing services for mold, odors, gases, allergens, and other indoor health and air quality problems. Online referral directories for mold and environmental testing.
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This article describes an independent, expert building onsite forensic building investigation services under which we inspect and test for toxic mold, allergens, gases, odors, sewage backups, other indoor particles or other indoor contaminants
This website provides free, in-depth information and procedures for finding, testing, cleaning and preventing indoor mold, toxic black mold, green mold,
testing building indoor air quality, and other sick house / sick building investigations.
We give in-depth
information about mold and other indoor air quality problems: causes of respiratory illness, asthma, or other symptoms such as neurological or
psychological problems, air quality investigation methods, and remediation procedures such as mold cleanup, handling
toxic mold contamination, and building or mechanical system repairs.
To avoid a conflict of interest we recommend that mold inspection, testing, or post-cleanup inspection and testing should be performed by an expert who has absolutely no financial or business relationship with the mold cleanup or mold remediation company.
Mold Services: Site Inspection & Lab Testing: Our Field Investigation Service our senior expert goes where no one else wanted to look, uses non-invasive tools and sophisticated testing equipment for mold, gases, moisture, air quality, contaminants, Building problem diagnosis. New York State License # 16000005303 [ret].
Our Building investigation services include thorough on-site studies for residential and commercial buildings in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut. We also provide expert 24-hour
mold testing lab service for our clients and the public.
The result of field and lab work is a complete
field investigation report indicating our field findings, laboratory test results, and detailing just what remediation or other actions are appropriate.
Basic medical information about allergenic or toxic mold or other contaminants is also included when available. (New York State License # 16000005303, inception to 2008)
Our own in-house forensic and aerobiological laboratory services are described at LABORATORY SERVICES.
We investigate complaints of respiratory illness, asthma, allergies, neurological and other health concerns, and we identify sources of these and
other hazards that may contribute to a wide range of health complaints associated with buildings. To identify and address indoor air quality problems,
we identify conditions which may cause or contribute to allergy, asthma, "sick Building syndrome -- SBS," other respiratory illness and
distress, as well as possible neurological or other health problems which may be caused or aggravated by mold or other particles in the air.
Field investigation methods include
Taking site and client history of concerns or complaints, noting any special health concerns or vulnerabilities
Diagnostic visual inspection of the entire property and building and its mechanical systems, both to identify mold or other problem reservoirs, and to identify building conditions that create special risk of hidden problems
Invasive inspection where needed: borescope, test cuts, disassembly where appropriate, while respecting the building, its contents, its occupants, with minimal disruption.
Bulk/surface/vacuum sampling at each location where history or observations warrant, multiple samples collected to permit corroboration of important conclusions
Calibrated air sampling combined with
Light microscopy and laboratory analysis to identify common bioaerosols, allergens,
pet dander, dust mites, fleas, mold, pollen, fibers, and other potential irritants.
We also are equipped to test for specific contaminant gases such as produced by Building fires or heating equipment as well as
mold or other contaminants.
Our Indoor Gas
Sampling Plan for Residential buildings describes gas testing procedures, instruments, detection limits, and it lists some of the toxic (or other) indoor
gases for which we can test, depending on the Building complaint and Building conditions. No one needs to wield an axe to investigate a Building. And no one
needs to bury important findings among pages of vague language.
We use special equipment such as this
borescope permitting examination of hidden wall/ceiling/floor cavities using non-destructive methods.
We may use other equipment to actually obtain
particle samples from wall/ceiling/floor cavities by the Wall Check™ method,
When conditions warrant and permission is obtained, we also
are equipped to make modest test cuts or to perform other more invasive inspection methods. A variety of non-invasive infra-red and moisture measuring
tools may also be employed if recent or current leaks are suspected.
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Associations: A Directory of IAQ, Sick Building, Mold Allergen Testing, Building Investigation Service Providers
Associations: Sick House, Sick Building, SBS - Air Quality, Government, Private Associations and Information Resources
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"A Brief Guide to Mold, Moisture, and Your Home",
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency US EPA - includes basic advice for building owners, occupants, and mold cleanup operations. See http://www.epa.gov/mold/moldguide.htm
US EPA - Mold Remediation in Schools and Commercial Building [Copy on file at /sickhouse/EPA_Mold_Remediation_in_Schools.pdf ] - US EPA
US EPA - Una Breva Guia a Moho - Hongo [Copy on file as /sickhouse/EPA_Moho_Guia_sp.pdf - en Espanol
"A Brief Guide to Mold, Moisture, and Your Home", U.S. Environmental Protection Agency US EPA - includes basic advice for building owners, occupants, and mold cleanup operations. See http://www.epa.gov/mold/moldguide.htm
"Disease Prevention in Home Vegetable Gardens,"
Department of Plant Microbiology and Pathology,
Department of Horticulture, University of Missouri Extension - extension.missouri.edu/publications/DisplayPub.aspx?P=G6202
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Carson, Dunlop & Associates Ltd., 120 Carlton Street Suite 407, Toronto ON M5A 4K2. Tel: (416) 964-9415 1-800-268-7070 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. The firm provides professional home inspection services & home inspection education & publications. Alan Carson is a past president of ASHI, the American Society of Home Inspectors. Thanks to Alan Carson and Bob Dunlop, for permission for InspectAPedia to use text excerpts from The Home Reference Book & illustrations from The Illustrated Home. Carson Dunlop Associates' provides extensive home inspection education and report writing material.
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The Home Reference Book - the Encyclopedia of Homes, Carson Dunlop & Associates, Toronto, Ontario, 25th Ed., 2012, is a bound volume of more than 450 illustrated pages that assist home inspectors and home owners in the inspection and detection of problems on buildings. The text is intended as a reference guide to help building owners operate and maintain their home effectively. Field inspection worksheets are included at the back of the volume.
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