Mold Assessment and Testing
Kaltech Environmental Services is fully knowledgeable, accredited and licensed to perform comprehensive and accurate mold assessments, which when coupled with empirical testing using state-of-the-art sampling equipment and AIHA-LAP and EMLAP certified laboratories, provides for the most accurate results possible. Kaltech’s sampling and testing methodologies are capable of determining not only whether mold is present, but also the fungal genera and the mold spore counts
Because Kaltech does not undertake any construction or remediation activities, its investigation, testing and sampling methodologies, findings and conclusions are completely unbiased and are free of any perceived or real conflicts-of-interest.
Kaltech uses only trained and licensed personnel to conduct mold assessments, which as a first measure, includes visually identifying any visibly water-damaged building materials or suspect areas of mold growth. If the conditions so indicate, Kaltech personnel will collect air and/or tape lift samples for laboratory testing, after which a comprehensive report (including chain of custody, laboratory results and pictures) is prepared and issued to the client. Where mold remediation is necessary Kaltech, at the client’s sole option, will act as the client’s representative and prepare a mold remediation plan, and coordinate all remediation activities with building management, insurance carriers and independent and unaffiliated licensed and insured mold remediation contractors.
What triggers a Mold Assessment?
Intentional discovery occurs when a concern is expressed by a facility manager, homeowner or building occupant. Musty odors, health complaints, known water damage or areas of visible mold growth can trigger an initial contact. If occupants have health concerns, they should seek advice from qualified health care professionals.
Incidental discovery occurs when other contracted services encounter unexpected issues as they perform routine maintenance, repairs, emergency services or general inspections. They may find water damage or mold growth that triggers the initial contact.
What is the Goal of a Mold Assessment?
Mold Assessments are typically designed to gather information about the condition of a property (building, apartment, home, office, etc.) as it relates to the presence of moisture and mold.
During the mold assessments, KES endeavors to accomplish five goals:
- Find out if there’s a leak or moisture problem in the building or home.
- If there is, investigate and determine the source or cause?
- Determine whether there is mold growth associated with the moisture problem.
- Develop a remediation plan to eliminate the source of the moisture and abate the mold
- Effectuate the remediation plan and conduct a post-clearance assessment and return the property to IICRC S520 condition 1 status.