Clearing the Air About Mold
In recent years, mold has received a lot of attention as a major environmental hazard. There are a lot of reasons for this. High-profile cases resulting in millions of dollars of litigation have been publicized through the media. Mold is fairly ubiquitous, needing only a food source, water and oxygen to flourish. And finally, mold causes severe allergic reactions in some people resulting in headaches, sore eyes and throat, nausea, sneezing, nose bleeds, respiratory infections and other unhealthy symptoms. If you think you have a mold problem, let us clear the air for you.
The Facts About Mold
Mold is everywhere
There are literally thousands of species of mold, and they can be found both indoors and outdoors. When mold spores become airborne and land on moist organic materials, they create colonies that will grow and grow as long as they have water and food. People come in contact with the microscopic particles mold releases either through the skin or by inhaling. The potential effect mold has on people may be determined by the kind of mold present, the type of contact, how long the person has been exposed and whether the person experiences allergic reactions to mold.
Looking for mold
We know how to perform proper and scientifically-based mold inspections, and we will help you devise a plan to manage your mold. First, we will assist you in finding the water source or water leak that is allowing the mold to grow. This moisture source can be visible to the eye, can be hidden within a wall or ventilation system, or may be residing in building materials that were wet during construction. Then we will conduct a thorough inspection based on our analysis of your mold situation and develop a specific plan to address your particular needs.
Getting rid of mold
Our expert technicians will perform a series of diagnostic tests to determine whether your building poses a potential health hazard due to mold. This includes gathering surface samples and monitoring your air quality. Once laboratory data has been analyzed, we can proceed with a remediation plan. One of the biggest issues with mold remediation is that mold will spread if not handled properly. Once the source of water intrusion has been identified and repaired, we then help you devise a plan to effectively remove all the building materials where mold is growing. Our detailed reports will provide you with the back-up you may need in dealing with any transactions or litigation associated with your building.
What Does CSC Do?
Questions About Mold
- I keep hearing about mold on the news. Is mold really a hazard?
- I had a flood and now I am seeing mold on my walls, what do I do?
- Do I have toxic mold in my home?
- If I have a mold problem, do I still need to consider asbestos?
In recent years, mold has received a lot of attention as a major environmental hazard. There are a lot of reasons for this. High-profile cases resulting in millions of dollars of litigation have been publicized through the media. Mold is fairly ubiquitous, needing only a food source, water and oxygen to flourish. And finally, mold causes severe allergic reactions in some people resulting in headaches, sore eyes and throat, nausea, sneezing, nose bleeds, respiratory infections and other unhealthy symptoms. If you think you have a mold problem CSC can help.
- Performs initial visual inspections to confirm the presence or absence of visible mold growth.
- Performs analytical testing on surfaces to confirm and identify molds
- Performs analytical testing in the air to confirm the presence or absence of airborne mold amplification within the building
- Determines scopes of work necessary to remediate areas of mold growth.
- Provides monitoring to determine if the appropriate engineering controls/worker protection are being implemented during mold remediation.Provides post mold abatement testing to verify that the conditions for further mold growth have been eliminated and that the air is balanced.
- Provides moisture mapping in flooded structures in order to speed up the drying process and prevent mold amplification.
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CSC Case Studies
Case Study: Fungal Contamination
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Case Study: Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) #3: Mold
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Clark Seif Clark, Inc. (CSC) professionals possess the pertinent education, relevant certifications, and appropriate licenses that qualify us to perform your mold and microbial consulting services. We perform your work in line with applicable industry standards and guidelines at a fair price. Beyond our firm foundation, CSC employees have the education, experience and credibility that sets our bar of excellence high. Our team of microbial experts has completed thousands of projects nationwide. We have been there from the start of this industry and our team is the best to answer your questions about mold and microbes.
To add to our appeal, take a moment to consider our diversity of services, our highly rated insurance coverage, our multiple locations, our flexible hours, and our in-house scientific equipment. It’s easy to see why so many clients rely on CSC to get the job done.
Examples of CSC’s Mold/Microbial Qualified Personnel:
- American Board of Industrial Hygiene (ABIH) Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH)
- American Council for Accredited Certifications – Certified Indoor Environmental Consultant (CIEC)
- American Council for Accredited Certifications – Certified Indoor Environmentalist (CIE)
- American Council for Accredited Certifications – Certified Microbial Consultant (CMC)
- American Council for Accredited Certifications – Certified Indoor Air Quality Consultant (CIAQC)
- American Council for Accredited Certifications – Certified Indoor Air Quality Investigator (CIAQI)
- Association of Energy Engineers (AEE) Certified Indoor Air Quality Professional (CIAQP)
- Association of Energy Engineers (AEE)
- Certified Indoor Air Quality Technician (CIAQT)
- IICRC Water Restoration Technician (WRT)
Articles About Mold
Mold: A General Overview
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How to Pass a Mold Clearance Test on the First Try
Excerpt: There is a vast amount of new case law, proposed legislation, company policy, heightened consumer awareness and media hype surrounding mold…
Identification Of Meruaiporia Incrassata
Excerpt: The increased concern over building wood structural damage caused by wood decay fungi has hastened the need for reliable and accurate identification of the cause, particularly Meruliporia incrassata.
Indoor Air Quality & Mold
Excerpt: Molds produce health effects through inflammation, allergy, or infection. Allergic reactions (often referred to as hay fever) are most common following mold exposure.
New York City Guidelines on Assessment and Remediation of Fungi
Excerpt: This document revises and expands the original guidelines to include all fungi (mold). It is based both on a review of the literature regarding fungi and on comments obtained by a review panel consisting of experts in the fields of microbiology and health sciences.