Surface samples of suspected microbial growth
(mold) can be taken and sent to a lab for microbial analysis.
visble mold is not observed, and other "red flags" ( musty odor, respiratory problems, etc) exist, then the inspector
will often recommend collecting an indoor air sample and a outdoor air sample (background sample). The two oranizations
below (IESO & ESA) are generally considered the leaders in developing sampling standards with "published standards" for
Please contact our office to schedule: Radon Tests / Mold Assessments (inspections) & Sampling
Formaldehyde & VOC Tests / Allergen Screening in Fort Myers, N. Fort Myers and Fort Myers Beach
Indoor air samples are usually taken near the main return for each
HVAC system when no visible signs of mold exist. Outside air
samples must not be taken on the porch or under an overhang ..... away from the structure. Each standard is different
regarding how far from structure. If samples not taken to sampling
standards, a letter explaining why not usually is in report. The
outside sample should not be collected in the rain, if it is, explanation why should be in report. Tests / Samples collected in attic space are usually bulk, tape or swab since most attic have vents which
allow outside air to travel in and out of attic. (air samples generally are not collected in attics)
about ATTIC MOLD
Generally mold in the attic space poses only a
small risk of exposure to the home/building occupants in the space below. Due to the fact that in most homes, air does
manage to flow upward and outward. Downward air flow problems can and do happen but not normally. Testing
mold that is in the attic can be important if the HVAC system or Air Handler is located in the attic space (usually warmer
part of country) and may be speading mold spores to other parts of the home. If occupants have fungal related health
problems and the only mold found is in the attic, it is wise to test.
leaks, poor ventilation and HVAC duct leaks are some of the main concerns when mold is found in the attic. Roof leaks,
plumbing leaks, and condesation (cold air from AC in hot attic or warm air from ducts in a cold attic) with poor
ventilation should be addressed as soon as possible to prevent mold growth. It
is all to common for building materials to "get wet" during construction, and allowing mold growth until they
dry out. Water intrusion (moisture) after home is occupied and problems (mold) can "grow".
perform Mold Inspections, Mold Testing and Radon Testing for Alva, Boca
Grande, Bokeelia, Bonita Springs, Captiva, Cape Coral, Estero, Fort Myers, Fort Myers Beach, Fort Myers Shores, Fort Myers
Villas, Lehigh Acres, North Fort Myers, Page Park, Pine Island Center, Punta Rassa, Sanibel, San Carlos Park, St. James City,
Tice, Waterway Estates.
Effective July 1,
Florida Law requires Mold Assessors (Inspectors) and Mold Remediators to be licensed and insured.
Mold Assessors are required to
have at least $1milion liability & $1 million E&O insurance for pre and post remediation activities.
Mold Remediators are required
to have at least $1 million in general liability insurance.
Enforcement delayed for unlicensed activities delayed until 2015
(Standard of Practice to be published (?).
Senior Mold Assessor at Radon & Mold Professionals
Certified Indoor Environmentalist
FL Licensed Mold Assessor MRSA 5
FL DOH Certified Radon Tech R1867
Doug Wall, CIE
Certified Indoor Environmentalist serving SW Florida including Naples,
Marco Island, Bonita Springs, Estero, Ft Myers, Cape Coral and Sanibel Island.
Florida Licensed Mold Assessor MRSA 2
FL DOH Certified Radon Tech R1751
Bonita Springs / Naples, Florida
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