Water Intrusion and Mold Investigations
Fundamentals of Mold
Mold is a common, fundamental organism that can grow anywhere there is an organic food source and moisture. Molds are essential to recycling the world’s organic matter and most are harmless. However, some types of mold can be extremely dangerous to humans, especially if there is an allergy or sensitivity to the mold itself or to the by-products created by the fungi. Mold that is found indoors should be investigated to verify that it is not consuming the building structure itself and verify that it poses no danger to the buildings occupants.
Our industrial hygienists and technicians have extensive training and field experience in the visual identification of mold colonization. We also use state of the art equipment such as the FLIR Thermal Imaging Camera to perform a non-destructive investigation to determine the location of moisture within the walls and ceilings of a structure.
Once the moisture has been located we use a rigid borscope to perform a visual inspection of otherwise sealed cavities such as walls and hard ceilings. Once the infestation has been found, air samples are taken to determine the level of airborne contamination and samples of the mold itself are taken and sent to the lab for processing.
The above image shows stachybotrys contamination in the wall cavity.
Professional Detailed Reports
Information obtained during the survey is presented in a professional detailed report that includes extensive photographic documentation and professional AutoCAD drawings detailing the location of colonization. We also develop the abatement plan, provide contractor selection and oversight during the remediation phase.
Mold Remediation/Decontamination Plans and Oversight
The Empirical Company’s field staff can provide an effective plan for the remediation or decontamination of any size or type of building. Abating affected building materials, in conjunction with the corrective actions associated with moisture intrusion, is the goal in any mold abatement activity. The extent of removal, the engineering controls to be used, worker protection, and the cleanup procedures are strategies that must be developed, typically on a site-specific basis. The Empirical Company can assist in selecting a qualified mold remediation contractor experienced in the execution of the plan that has been developed. During the remediation process, trained specialists can monitor the project to help ensure safety