Mold and fungal growths are as old as life is on earth. Neither plant nor animal, Mold lies in its own kingdom. One of the first known set of instructions for combating mold growth can be found in the Bible (Leviticus 14:33-53). Our biological assessment team at BEC includes biologists and specialists trained in the protocols to identify and sample for mold. Our expert staff understands the difficulties associated with Mold remediation projects and are dedicated to the unique needs of each customer
Whether airborne or in bulk areas of growth, mold can create havoc in your body destroying or critically affecting your immune system
- Mold Screens - If buying or leasing a building or home is in your future or if you think you are experiencing adverse health effects from mold, BEC’s Mold Screen is a cost effective testing protocol that can help you discover the extent and source of identified areas of growth. Our standard procedure for the survey consists of a thorough inspection of the structure, interviews with the client and/or tenants, interior and exterior air sampling, bulk materials testing of visually identified areas of growth, and the production of a report detailing all findings and providing remediation options with basic cost estimates.
- Mold Remediation Project Design and Monitoring - Baker Environmental stands ready to help you design and implement a remediation plan that will effectively eliminate areas of growth and save your health form further damage. Our plans use common-sense protocols and proven methods. Our basic services include the production of a scope of work, development of the [project contract, distribution of bid materials, coordination of all pre-bid and bid opening meetings, screening of contractors, final selection of the project contractor and project monitoring from the first to the last day of the work. Safety monitoring is also included in the package.
- Mold Clearance Testing – Following the completion of any mold remediation work and all clean-up activities, it is recommended that air sampling be conducted. This sampling protocol is specially designed to help ascertain of the airborne spore counts have been lessened and the house left safe for re-occupancy. Our standard procedure for the clearance testing consists of a thorough inspection of the remediated areas of the structure, interviews with the contractor or client to determine what work was accomplished, interior and exterior air sampling, and the production of a report detailing all findings and recommending any further actions or procedures./li>
In an effort to identify all areas of mold growth, our professional staff and partners draw from a number of sampling techniques based on the particular conditions discovered at the structure.
- Substrate Samples - a piece of the substrate (drywall, trim, floor, etc.) is taken with the suspect mold intact. The sample is sealed sent to a partner laboratory to be analyzed for mold spores.
- Wipe Samples - A surface suspected of having mold growth is wiped with a pre-moistened cotton swab. The analysis of the sample details the presence or absence of mold on a surface and is often sometimes used for clearance testing.
- Tape Lift Samples - A surface with visible mold growth is sampled with a strip of clear sticky tape. The tape is applied to an area of the mold growth then removed and the surface analyzed for mold spores. Test results estimate concentration of mold spores on a given surface.
- Dust Samples - Dust can be collected using a variety of methods and analyzed for mold spores. This test can help establish migratory patters for mold in a building or home.
- Soil Samples - Mold found in the crawlspaces can pose very serious health problems. BEC will collect soil samples and establish the presence or absence of mold.
- Vacuum Samples – Ask any carpet installer: carpet can be a high-risk breeding ground for mold. Vacuum sampling provides limited data on the presence or absence of mold over time and gives a rough idea of concentrations in carpeting.
- Air Sampling - Complaints of respiratory distress or illnesses may be a sign of airborne mold contamination in a building or home. Molds are able to produce spores that can be carried on drafts throughout a structure. The inhalation of spores can lead to allergic reactions and flu like symptoms. To help control airborne mold levels, BEC will measure airborne mold spore concentrations inside your building and compare it to the concentrations of mold outside of your building.
Non-Viable vs. Viable Sampling
BEC can sample using either Non-Viable or Viable Sampling Methods. Viable sampling is more expensive and is only necessary to establish toxicity. Often we will recommend that the project proceed only taking non-viable samples. If warranted, viable sampling may be completed at a later date.
- Non-Viable samples are usually collected using wipes, tape lift, dust, air, soil or vacuum sampling that is analyzed to determine the presence or absence of mold, and concentration of the mold spores found. Data from non-viable samples does not provide insight on which the type of mold is present or its toxicity.
- Viable Samples are taken with the intent to grow and incubate the captured mold in a laboratory environment. This enables the analyst to define the species of mold, area concentrations and potential toxicity
Visual Inspection Protocols
BEC’s staff and partners hold more than 60 combined years experience in the construction, maintenance and renovation of homes and businesses. Our staff will thoroughly inspect the structure for visible signs of mold, water staining or moisture intrusion. Included in the inspection is a look at attic spaces and crawlspaces. We will also inspect the Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) systems for signs of leaks or sweat stains that can lead to mold growth. Additionally, we assess site drainage, check insulation, and inspect as possible moisture barriers and roofing systems.
Before purchasing or leasing an office or home, BEC’s Mold Screen is a cost effective testing protocol that can help you assess airborne and localized mold content. Our standard procedure for the survey consists of a thorough inspection of the structure, the taking of indoor and outdoor temperature and humidity readings, acquisition of moisture readings for building components both near or at the identified growth and at control locations, interviews with the client and/or tenants, interior and exterior air sampling, bulk materials testing of visually identified areas of growth, soil sampling in crawl spaces, and the production of a report detailing all findings and providing remediation options with basic cost estimates. Screens can usually be scheduled within a few days of your call to our office.
Mold is in all homes and buildings throughout the world. It is that simple; but only certain molds pose health and safety problems. BEC’s staff will help you understand the health risks associated with household molds. We believe that there are two distinct factors that will determine if mold is a problem for you.
- Mold Toxicity - There are only a few toxic molds commonly found in buildings. Knowing the type of mold will help as we assess other factors (such as the location of the mold, the HVAC system for the home or building, the source of moisture, etc.) and make a determination on your risk to this mold exposure.
- Biological Reactions - Some people have an amplified sensitivity to mold, regardless of the quantity of mold they are exposed to or its toxicity. On the other hand, we encounter people living in environments with extraordinarily high concentrations of mold spores without exhibiting any adverse effects. Please remember that chronic, long term exposure to many types of spores, both those deemed toxic and non-toxic, can cause many diverse health effects, many of which are hard to define or cure.