Microbial (Mold) Testing Services
Rarefied Air Environmental offers a variety of microbial remediation consultation services so that we can assist you in identifying, assessing, and answering questions you have about microbial contamination and its impact on indoor air quality.
Introduction to Mold
Molds are tiny microscopic organisms that digest organic matter and reproduce by releasing spores. Molds are a type of fungi and there are over 100,000 species. In nature, mold helps decompose or break-down leaves, wood and other plant debris. Molds become a problem when they go where they are not wanted and digest materials such as our homes. Mold enters the home as microscopic airborne spores, from a variety of sources. It is important to know that mold needs moisture to grow. Controlling mold is a matter of controlling the moisture in the home. You generally know you have mold when you smell a musty odor or see small black, darkened, or white specks along a damp bathroom, kitchen or other walls.
Molds do not generally affect healthy individuals however those with allergies or asthma may be more sensitive and develop reactions to mold. Mold-sensitive people (and those with prolonged mold exposure) may experience hay-fever type symptoms including: coughing, skin rash, running nose, red eyes, nasal congestion, and aggravation of asthma or difficulty breathing. Also, individuals with immune system suppression, lung diseases, are at increased risk for infection from molds. Mold can have more profound symptoms in very young or old individuals.
Microbial (Mold) Contamination Assessments
Rarefied Air Environmental will perform a thorough inspection of property including a moisture intrusion assessment, bio aerosol (air) and surface sampling, and relative humidity testing to assess whether contamination exists within the property. This is especially useful for real estate purchasing – reduce the risk for acquiring properties with non-visible mold contamination problems. Our staff maintains a BRE Licensed individual so we are well aware of the procedures necessary to close an escrow. Our detailed reports are the best in the industry and include not only empirical lab and site data but a scope of remediation work detailed in the report.
Microbial (Mold) Contamination Remediation Project Design
Rarefied Air Environmental will develop site specific protocols for mitigating mold contamination problems. Rarefies Air Environmental will develop specific control recommendations to minimize the potential for recontamination once the remediation is complete.
Mold Remediation Project Management
Supervisory management of mold remediation projects to verify that proper mold remediation procedures are being followed by the remediation contractor, verify containment integrity throughout the project, monitor negative pressure differentials within the containment area, verify proper use of PPE and decontamination procedures and enforce strict adherence to the scope of the remediation project specifications.
Mold Remediation Clearance Testing
Rarefied Air Environmental will provide independent, third party testing and inspection of properties after the remediation is completed. This includes a detailed review of the procedures, inspection of the property for residual contamination, moisture intrusion assessment, and bio aerosol and surface sampling.