Mold Investigation: Residential/Commercial
Ambient air moisture measurement
Laboratory air sampling for mold particulate in air
Building Defect Inspection for Moisture Intrusion
Thermographic Imaging for Mosture
Reviewing microscope slides
A mold investigation is a visual and instrumental analysis of the air quality of a structure. Findings are photo-documented for a determination of the moisture cause and the scope, breadth and depth of the existing mold problem. All findings are included in a comprehensive report that includes the photo-documentation, instrumental readings, third party laboratory analysis and finally a scope-of-work necessary to mitigate the existing problems.
- Defines the scope and breadth of the mold problem
- Defines the moisture cause and mitigation requirements
- Provides a Scope-Of-Work requirement for remediation of mold
- Estimates a budget for satisfying the remediation requirements
- Hygrometry: Moisture Content & Identification
- Thermography: Temperature Analysis
- Infrared Imaging: Temperature Differentials
- Boroscopic Inspection: Inaccessible Visual Inspection
- Field Microscopy: Direct Field Analysis
- Manometry: Pressure Differentials
- Air Sampling: Viable and Non-viable Aerosolized Particulate
- Indoor Allergen Analysis
- PCR Sample Analysis
- Particle Counting: Aerosolized Particulate
- Carbon Monoxide
Remediation of mold involves removal of all fungal growth from suitable food sources and elimination of residual particulate from the ambient air within the contaminated space. Atlanta Mold utilizes a wet chemistry approach for surface remediation. This chemistry is non toxic and eventually turns into oxygen and water. After application of the wet chemistry, surfaces are scrubbed down prior to drying.
Remediation equipment on site
Physically removing mold contamination
Finished Basement Remediation
Mold Remediation Utilizing Wet Chemistry
Mold Remediation Utilizing Wet Chemistry
COMPARISON TO TRADITIONAL REMEDIATION
Traditional remediation methods rely on physical abrasive surface disruption methods for removing fungal contamination. These include surface sanding, abrasive brushing, soda-blasting, dry-ice blasting and simple HEPA vacuuming among a few that have been tried.
At the very least, it is well recognized that these techniques are not uniform or even effective in removing surface and sub-surface fungal elements. These techniques cannot reach into difficult or physically inaccessible areas.
Since these are exclusively physical disruption methodologies, they have no effect on the core health related issues of fungal presence being toxicity, allergenicity or viability.
Our wet chemistry has the ability to:
- Uniformly be applied to all surfaces
- Does not require physical abrasion that creates its own dust and secondary pollution problems
- Can be applied multiple times to ensure complete digestive removal of all contaminant elements
- Has a direct effect on the core health-related issues of allergenicity, toxicity and viability.
- Is quicker, safer, and much more thorough
Third Party Laboratory Testing
Atlanta Mold LLC utilizes the expertise of third party laboratory analysis of samples in determination of the scope and breadth of existing mold problems.Surface and air samples are taken when indicated by the circumstances of the investigation. For air samples, the ideal situation is an indoor environment that is at least as good as walking outdoors.
Secondary fungal growth: Trichoderma
Gross fungal amplification in wet conditions
Flowering fungi in wet conditions
New construction mold growth on floor trusses
Laboratory tests are usually “samples of the air”, or “direct surface samples”. Aerosolization of fungal particulate, measured by air testing, of both spores and fungal fragments help us understand the type and degree of fungi contamination that is present. The comparison standard is the outside environment. Elevated particulate counts may indicate an interior source. This is important because, as investigators, there are areas within a structure that are simply not visually accessible.
Direct surface samples can help identify the ‘type’ of mold contamination. However, this type of testing is not quantitative.
Mold Growth Prevention
Atlanta Mold LLC utilizes a nano-technology chemistry for application to wood surfaces for the prevention of mold growth and amplification. The chemistry is novel because it permanently binds to the surface creating a mechanical kill instead of a chemical kill.
Crawl Space Full Encapsulation
Full membrane encapsulation of a crawl space is now considered the best solution for moisture control and frank water presence. High perm ratings of the membranes prevent moisture movement through them. Along with mechanical dehumidification, crawl space relative humidity can be easily controlled.
Many variations of full encapsulation systems exist. There is a decision about the thickness of the membrane that is best suited for a particular situation. This includes such other decisions as the method of attachment to surfaces and height on vertical walls. Proposals are specific to each unique structure requirements.
Hot Gas Defrost Dehumidifier
Ebac dehumidifiers are uniquely suited for damp confined areas such as crawl spaces. They operate down to freezing temperatures due to ‘hot’ gas circulation to melt frozen coils.