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17Jan 2017

Why the right mold treatment company is trustworthy and effective for dialysis centers.

Mold-Treatment-CompaniesAs someone who may manage a dialysis center, you may be well aware of the threat that mold poses to the successful operation of your facility and the health of your patients. However, you may be hesitant to hire a mold treatment company to handle potential mold problems because it’s not your field of expertise. It’s understandable that you don’t want to have another company in your space while you’re trying to treat your patients.

But you can put your worries and concerns to rest. At Advanced Mold Diagnostics, we have worked with many medical facilities and countless dialysis centers, and have developed a unique expertise in treating mold in dialysis centers without obstructing any of the equipment or operations. We tailor our training and programs to be compatible with the delicate environment found in a dialysis center. But let’s be more specific: here are some of the methods that we have perfected in order to be the most reliable mold treatment company for dialysis centers.

The Perfect Mold Treatment Company For Dialysis Centers

Advanced Mold Diagnostics uses some of the most innovative technology and methods so that we can most effectively serve medical facilities and dialysis centers. Here are a few of our techniques:

  • Thermal Imaging: We use the latest technology of thermal imaging, which can identify even the most elusive areas of moisture. Mold often grows inside wall cavities, making it impossible to see with the naked eye. However, such an obstruction of walls and other solid objects is not necessary with our thermal imaging process. We can snap a picture of an entire wall and identify any potentially moldy spots. Thermal imaging is effective and non-obtrusive.
  • Moisture Meter: Thermal imaging, by itself, doesn’t detect mold. Rather, it identifies fluctuations in temperature which are indicative of moisture and mold. Once certain areas are flagged by thermal imaging, we use a moisture meter to confirm whether there is, in fact, moisture in that area. Mold thrives on moisture, so this signals us that there is mold or a leak present in that area. Moisture meters are part of our non-obstructive process of identifying mold.
  • Experienced Eyes: In addition to the technology of thermal imaging and moisture meters, we also use our trained and experienced eyes to identify potentially moldy areas that are often overlooked. We use our extensive experience with dialysis centers to pinpoint commonly problematic areas.

Once we have identified problematic areas, we will remove any mold that is present and help you implement preventive strategies, all in a way that does not needlessly obstruct the operation of your center. When you consult us at Advanced Mold Diagnostics, you can put your fears of mold treatment companies to rest. Call us today at 1-888-993-4574.

 

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13May 2015

Advanced Mold Diagnostics shares the important facts you need to know about OSHA regulations on mold.

As someone responsible for a commercial space, an important part of your job is to ensure that this space is a clean and healthy environment for all who work there.  For some matters, this is easy to accomplish; you can clearly tell if appropriate smoke alarms or other safety procedures have been followed.  For other concerns, however, it can be more difficult.  In the case of following OSHA regulations on mold, you may have to contact a professional mold assessment company such as Advanced Mold Diagnostics to ensure that your workspace is free of any mold or mildew that could negatively affect its indoor air quality.

Mold In The Workplace

osha regulations on moldAs a part of the natural environment, molds are extremely common.  These fungi can be found everywhere, inside and out, with over 100,000 different species identified throughout the world.  In fact, in the outdoors, mold plays an important role in breaking down organic matter.  However, indoors, mold growth can become problematic, and over time it may create problems with the structural integrity of your building or the indoor air quality.

Mold tends to grow indoors when there is an excess of moisture.  So, if your building has experienced a roof leak  or a leak from a plumbing issue, or even improper ventilation in a room that often has water or steam in it, mold may develop.  Regular inspections and proper maintenance can help prevent its growth.

OSHA Regulations On Mold

As an employer, you are obligated by the Occupational Safety & Health Administration to provide your employees with a workplace that is free from recognized hazards likely to cause death or serious physical harm.  Other instructions more specifically address qualifications regarding indoor air quality which can include OSHA regulations on mold in the workplace.

Although there are currently no formal OSHA regulations on mold concentrations in the workplace, strong recommendations continue to develop as more research is done into the health effects of mold.  Certain, at risk individuals can have significant allergic reaction to the airborne spores, including those with asthma, mold allergies, and those who are immunocompromised.  Because of this, it is important that you put effort into preventing the development of mold in the work place through regular inspections and the performance of necessary maintenance.

Advanced Mold Diagnostics

If you are concerned about mold in your commercial space and are in need of a mold assessment, turn to the team at Advanced Mold Diagnostics.  With over 25 years of experience in the field, we can help you assess and remediate your mold problem as well as navigate the developing OSHA mold regulations.

For more information, contact us today at 1-610-328-4350.

27Apr 2015

Advanced Mold Diagnostics offers the best of mold remediation companies for dialysis centers like yours.

What are you looking for in mold remediation companies for your dialysis center?  If this is your first time searching for such a service, you may not even be sure what you need, apart from someone to address the signs of mold that have been noticed in your facility.

However, mold removal is just one step in adequately addressing the mold growth in dialysis clinics.  From a comprehensive inspection and microbial growth assessment, to a team of experienced remediation specialists, you need the comprehensive services only offered by Advanced Mold Diagnostics.

The Most Experienced of Mold Remediation Companies

Mold Remediation CompaniesAlthough mold growth in dialysis centers is a relatively common problem, many mold remediation companies do not have the in-depth experience necessary to adequately deal with all of the issues involved.  Elevated concerns for health and safety will lead you down the right road in finding the most efficient mold remediation company.  Professionalism, such as efficiency and awareness of business operation, is a factor when working in a healthcare facility.  Additionally, it is important to find a service provider who understands the many common areas of mold growth unique to dialysis facilities.

At Advanced Mold Diagnostics, we have provided mold remediation services to over 150 dialysis centers throughout and outside of the mid-atlantic area. We know what to look for and are acutely aware of how to meet the distinct needs of a dialysis facility like yours.

The Comprehensive Service You Need

Knowing that mold removal is only one part of the entire process, it is also important to turn to a company who can provide all of the services you’ll need from start to finish.  At Advanced Mold Diagnostics, we begin with an over the phone consultation before coming in for your initial assessment and microbial growth inspection.  We will not only look for the extent of the mold growth, but also what caused it to develop.

Then, during the remediation stage, we use the information from our assessment to fully and safely remove the mold growth as well as resolving the issues which allowed it to occur.  Because of our comprehensive background in a number of related fields, including indoor air quality, public health, and building forensics, we can offer you an expert approach every step of the way.

Get Started Today

Don’t wait any longer to address the problem of mold growing in your dialysis center.  Your patients count on you to provide a safe and healthy environment for their dialysis procedures.  You can count on Advanced Mold Diagnostics to help you do that.

Have more questions about what makes us unique among mold remediation companies?  Ask them in the comments section below!  Or, give us a call at 1-610-328-4350.

30Jul 2014

Mold Repair FloodOwning a home is not only a great accomplishment, but is more than likely the greatest investment that an individual can make. Depending on where you live, and the cost of living in that area, owning a modest home can run you hundreds of thousands of dollars, which is a lot of money for anyone to place into just one thing. So, as you either know or can imagine, protecting that investment is very important, and one of the easiest ways to ruin your home is with water damage. The way to fix the issues caused by water damage, is water damage restoration services.

Excess water in your home, in any amount, for one, has the propensity to cause mold growth. No matter if the amount of water that was unwanted in your home was just a small amount or a flood, the materials that we use to build our homes today are porous and hold in the moisture that they absorb. We build homes today that strive to be energy efficient and when they get wet they don’t have the ability to dry out unlike the leaky, drafty homes we used to build. This creates the the perfect conditions for microbial growth as well as the need for water damage restoration services. Not only does water damage cause mold growth, it can also cause structural failures if left unattended for too long, which in extreme cases can make your home unfit for living.

What causes water damage and the need for water damage restoration services?

Here are three top reasons why you might have a big enough problem with moisture in your home to require water damage restoration services.

1) Flooding or Natural Disasters – You may be thinking that needing water damage restoration services after a flood or a natural disaster is a no brainer, and you are right, but in many cases, you may think the water is gone, or the true extent of the damage is not visible. Floods can happen in our homes due to a number of causes from manmade issues relating to appliances to cold weather causing pipes to burst to even the most disastrous of scenarios, storms or natural conditions. Beyond just removing the water from your home, it is important to remove the items that were soaked by the unwanted H2O, as these have the potential to cause microbial growth in addition to the building materials that make up the structure.

2) Improper Dehumidification – In the age of new, next, now, building science and the construction industry have benefited greatly from the new developments and techniques. Our homes are now more energy efficient than ever, which saves all of us money while keeping us comfortable when we need it the most. The issue with these great developments, is that now our homes have become too airtight, and because of this moisture is unable to escape. We see a lot of this in homes with basements because adding in the factor of these spaces being completely closed in by earth to this problem creates an even tougher situation for moisture release, thus often requiring water damage restoration services due to mold growth.

3) Small, Unmanaged Problems – Let’s face it, repairing small issues in and around your home can be a little pricier than you might like. In many cases, we are not the first owners of the homes we live in, which means that there are often years and years of small things that have not been taken care of, and water damage is a very common unattended to home issue. Small leaks in your attic, or a slow drip under your sink can often cause a lot of damage over time, and often require the use of water damage restoration services.

 Of course, there are many other causes of water damage in our homes, but these three are very common on the jobs that we encounter. Fortunately, much of the damage caused by these water–related issues is preventable or easily fixed with the use of water damage restoration services. Doing some quick research on how you can fix some of the leaky issues in your home, purchasing a dehumidifier, and acting quickly and properly in the case of a disaster can save you time, money, and the headache of dealing with these issues later down the road when they are much, much worse.

If you have water damage in your home and you are seeking water damage restoration services, make sure that you call in a professional with the experience and care to take care of your largest investment in the manner that he or she would treat their own home. If you are in the Philly area, call on Advanced Mold Diagnostics. We have over 25 years of proven, accurate, and trusted service for your water damage restoration job.

06May 2013

Do you need a mold inspection when purchasing a home? – Advanced Mold Diagnostics

Whenever surveys are conducted to find out why people purchase a home, two reasons consistently make the top five:

1)   To provide a safe and secure environment for children and other family members

2)   To be able to take control of the living environment

Obviously, no one wants to buy a house that is an unsafe place to live. Home buyers routinely purchase a basic home inspection and termite inspection as a prerequisite to a purchase. Should they also get a mold inspection?

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Some say, “Mold is everywhere. Why be concerned about it?” While mold is present everywhere (to some degree), high humidity and inadequate ventilation can lead to dangerous levels of airborne mold, exposure to which can cause allergic reactions and respiratory irritations. In rare occasions, mold can even lead to respiratory infections.  Symptoms of mold exposure can include:

  • Runny nose
  • Congestion
  • Red, itchy, or watery eyes
  • Cough and throat irritation
  • Sneezing
  • Headaches

Infants and elderly are more likely to suffer from these symptoms as a result of mold, as are adults and children who suffer from allergies, asthma or a compromised immune system. Unfortunately, symptoms don’t come with a sign saying, “This is from mold.” Families can spend a lot of time and money to find out what’s wrong. Why not diagnose the problem and cure it before it makes members of your family sick?

Mold Testing Kits available from home improvement stores have been met with mixed reviews. There are serious questions about whether or not they paint an accurate picture. That’s what a mold inspection conducted by a Certified Mold Remediator is for. A properly conducted mold inspection might tell you that there is no problem. Or, it could tell you that there is a problem, the extent of the problem, and what you need to do about it.

Regardless of the result, you will be able to make an informed decision and proceed with peace of mind.

12Mar 2013

Professional Home Mold Testing

Professional home mold testing, exactly what does that mean? Allow me to back up for a second and explore what home mold testing is. You can purchase a home mold test kit at one of your local home improvement centers or on the internet. What you get is a sealed package that contains a petri dish with an agar (nutrient source) usually MEA (malt extract agar). You open the package, take out the petri dish and remove the lid and place it on a horizontal surface and wait. Mold spores in the air will land on the food (nutrient) source and start to grow. There are some pro’s and con’s to consider here. You look at your little science experiment and start to panic as you see this plethora of mold growing.

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First thing you need to realize is that there are mold spores floating in the air all the time. Put down a piece of wet drywall and see how long it takes for mold to start colonizing provided you keep it moist. So, visually this home mold test kit is alarming, but it’s not yielding any useful data. You now have to send it away to a lab and pay an analysis fee, (that’s in the fine print). Now, if the lab finds certain indicator species that require a very high moisture content on the plate then you can use that information to assume you may have a mold problem. Consumer Reports did research on these mold test kits and sent them in for analysis. They found that when they sent in some plates that hadn’t even been opened the report indicated there was mold, yet the dish was never opened, so it was packaged with mold. Other samples that they submitted after exposing the plates to known mold came back with reports of no mold detected. Bottom line is, they’re not accurate.

Now, let’s talk about professional home mold testing. An experienced, knowledgeable environment consultant would first perform a comprehensive assessment of the property, but that’s another blog article on mold inspection for another day. There are many mold sampling protocol’s you can follow, but most companies are only familiar with one or two.  If we want to compare the home mold test kit with what a professional would do, then we would talk about sampling under a sterile, controlled environment. You need to start with an Andersen impactor that has an exact number of precision drilled holes designed to allow mold spores and little else to impact onto the petri dish. This impactor has to be connected to a precisely calibrated sampling pump. This mold sampling strategy can yield useful data, but it has it’s limitations (or cons). Only culturable mold spores will grow out. Culturable, being what the lay person would define as alive versus non-culturable, what would be defined as dead. Non-culturable (dormant) spores would go undetected with this type of sampling.

This is part of a continuing educational series on mold testing and sampling protocols. Please stay tuned.

Craig Camel

Advanced Mold Diagnostics

 

 

18Nov 2012

Mold for Dummies – Information on mold for the average homeower.

I’ve been writing articles on indoor air quality and mold remediation for quite some time now and realized a basic primer with the facts about mold would be appropriate.
Mold has been around since the beginning of time, but in the news for only a couple of decades. It was a landmark case where Linda Ballard won a lawsuit against her insurance company that really brought it to the public’s attention.
The science community has gone back and forth for years debating the health effects of mold exposure to humans.  There has been much progress made the last five years with opinions coalescing from the experts that mold has the potential to affect one’s health.
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Institute of Medicine of the US National Academy of Sciences, the World Health Organization, and other prominent organizations all agree that living or working in a building with mold damage results in increased risk of respiratory disease.
Although available in Europe, here in the US there are no State or Federal TLV (threshold limit values) or TWA (time waited averages) for exposure to mold, unlike what we have for chemical exposure. This is primarily due to the fact that each person’s response to mold exposure is different.
There are some guidance documents on mold investigation and mold remediation in print, but there are no laws on the books. A couple of states have attempted legislation to control the industry with disastrous effects. What we’re left with is an industry that is self-governed. There are standards such as the IICRCS520 for mold remediation and the S500 for water damage that experienced professionals utilize. There are industry organizations like the Indoor Air Quality Association (www.IAQA.org) and RIA (www.restorationindustry.org) that promote professionalism and ethics. As the Philadelphia Chapter President for IAQA I run workshops to educated and further the need to operate in an ethical manner in order to serve the needs of our clients (you, the public). As always it’s “buyer beware”. I find that the real professionals are the ones who attend our workshops and the ones who give the industry a black eye are no shows.

What is Mold?
The colloquial term mold (or mould) is applied to a large and taxonomically diverse number of fungal species
Molds (and mildew) are fungi. Fungi are not part of the plant or animal kingdom, but have their own kingdom. The fungi kingdom includes such wonderful organisms as the delicious edible mushrooms some of us enjoy, the makers of the “miracle drug” penicillin and the yeast that makes our bread rise and our fine wines ferment. There are also fungi that spoil our bread, our fruit, cheese and sometimes our crops. Biologically, all fungi have defined cell walls, lack chlorophyll and reproduce by means of spores. Approximately 100,000 species of fungi have been identified and can be just about any color. The vast majority of fungi feed on dead or decaying organic matter – they are one of the principle agents responsible for the natural recycling of dead plant and animal life. Different mold species proliferate depending upon the “AW” (water activity) with some species that require very wet while others just damp conditions.

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How does Mold become a problem inside a structure?

As mold spores perform their assigned task in the ecosystem as the preeminent recyclers they release spores into the air (sporalating). This is a reproductive activity similar to seed dispersal from plants.  Ranging in size from about 1 – 20 microns they are easily carried by air currents inside every time you open a window or a door. We carry them in on our shoes and clothes.
Mold growth occurs inside when mold spores land on a surface with enough moisture to support their growth.
Common sources of excessive indoor moisture that can lead to mold growth and create the need for mold remediation include:

•    Flooding from ground water
•    Plumbing leaks, sewer back-ups or overflows
•    Elevated relative humidity, especially in basements & crawl spaces
•    Roof leaks from missing or improperly installed elements
•    Window leaks resulting from improper flashing or wind driven rain
•    Ice damming (covered in a prior blog article)
•    Condensation when surfaces reach their dew point

How do I prevent mold growth?

The easy answer to prevent and halt microbial growth is to control what it needs to thrive – moisture.

1.    You have to address any obvious water penetrating your structure.

•    If ground water is a problem then keeping your gutters and downspouts clean and clear is a first step. Inspect your property during a rainstorm, taking note where water pools around your foundation.
•    Your grading needs to have a positive pitch away from the foundation.
•    Vegetation should not be too close; it should be 2 – 3 feet away from foundation.
•    Go into your attic and check for leaks during a rain event especially checking around boots where there are penetrations through the roof.
•    Check for proper ventilation in attic. Also covered in another blog article

2.    Buildings must be conditioned.

•    You have to monitor the relative humidity and control it with dehumidification. ASHRAE recommends keeping relative humidity between 30 – 60% to prevent mold growth. We know that there are        drought tolerant species that will proliferate between 50 – 60% therefore we advocate keeping relative humidity under 50% to prevent the need for mold remediation.
•    Insulation is another consideration, but one that requires extensive explanation and delves more into the building sciences then the average property owner wants to get into to. For more information please check my blog for information on how lack of insulation can create condensation that leads to mold growth.

3.    Exhausting excess relative humidity from bathrooms and kitchens can and often is another major fault in design.

•    Bathrooms must have exhaust fans. These fans must exhaust through the roof and not into the attic or the soffit vents.
•    Clothes dryers need to be vented outside. It’s important to insure that the vent is cleaned and checked on a regular basis.
•    Line drying of clothes needs to be employed only when an understanding of relative humidity and monitoring of such is considered.

4.    Wall coverings on exterior walls can be problematic.

•    Vinyl wallpaper on exterior walls act as a vapor and do not allow the structure to breathe, this can create condensation issues that allow for mold to grow.
•    Vapor barriers (anything that has an extremely low permeability    factor). Contrary to some thinking and some TV home improvement shows, there is no place for vapor barriers anywhere in a building in our region.

5.    What do I do to prevent mold growth once I’ve experienced a water incident?

•    If you have a flood or plumbing issue, getting the standing water up quickly and drying out the structure is key. If you can get it completely dry within forty-eight hours you can prevent mold growth and hence the lack of need for mold inspection, mold testing and consequently mold remediation.

If you’re unable to clean up and dry out the structure within the critical forty-eight hour window to prevent mold growth then consult with a certified mold remediation contractor or an environmental consultant.

Craig Camel
Advanced Mold Diagnostics
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11Oct 2012

The New York City Department of Health Guidelines have become moderately antiquated (written almost 20 years ago), yet still represent one of the more widely referenced outlines for mold remediation.  The document originally focused primarily on Stachybotrys atra (today called Stachybotrys chartarum).  In 2000 the original guidelines were revisited and updated to include all fungi.

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The panel that authored the original guidelines explicitly stated that it was intended for building engineers and management, but available for general distribution.  Although there are important facts outlined in the guidelines, the public has extracted convenient sections of the document and applied certain practices out of context.  As with any outline or guidelines, the document has its limitations and its scope is not omniscient.  For example, the NYC Dept. of Health Guidelines does not call for the use of exhaust fans.  Even though it may not always be a necessary precaution, ventilation and/or negative pressurization will help prevent cross-contamination, even in small isolated areas with microbial growth (Level I).

Utilized correctly the guidelines represent one of many available resources for mold remediation.  As with any do-it-yourself projects, untrained individuals should proceed with caution and follow directions in their entirety.  We should also always consider the dated resources we consult, and be careful to look further than a quick and convenient solution to mold growth.  Environmental consultants and mold remediation professionals have spent years developing protocols that incorporate a very detailed, specific, comprehensive, and labor-intensive approach to addressing microbial growth.  Mold testing before and after remediation should also be considered.

If you decide to consult only one, now slightly outdated resource for mold remediation amidst a multitude of available resources, do yourself a favor and read the entire document carefully.  The guidelines are based primarily on the area (or number of square feet) affected by microbial growth.  Although I might think I am only addressing a small area, the actual area of involvement is often difficult to determine before removing gypsum wall board, or other porous building materials.

So what’s the bottom line?  Proceed with caution and do your homework.  There are many products and ‘professionals’ attempting to take advantage of people unwilling to read before they spend.  Even after researching mold remediation, microbial growth, and appropriate practices we need to be vigilant and realize that mold remediation contractors would not be in business if all we needed to do was buy a do-it-yourself mold testing kit and a bottle of mold-be-gone at the corner store.

There are situations where mold can be addressed without the help of professionals, but significant amounts of time, energy, and money can be saved with a few phone calls and some basic research.

More often than not prevention is the key.  Seek a professional’s opinion.  Moisture is crucial in preventing mold growth and finding that moisture can be obvious or require a more trained eye and a detailed investigation.

 

Craig Camel

Advanced Mold Diagnostics

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17Sep 2012

Indoor Air Quality issues in the home today are not just centered on mold growth. There are “many indoor environments that have pollutant levels two to five times higher, and sometimes more than 100 times higher inside than outdoor levels due to occupant activities, building materials, and ambient conditions. “ according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This is relevant because, according to the EPA, Americans spend 90% of their time indoors. If you think about it, unlike two centuries ago when people spent the majority of their time outside, today we eat, sleep, work, study, exercise and conduct most social activities indoors.

As a child growing up, we spent every moment when we weren’t in school, doing homework or chores outside. Winter or summer, it didn’t matter we were out till called in for dinner, especially in the summer. We played stickball, dodge ball, chink and half-ball. When we weren’t playing ball games, we rode our bikes, built tree houses and explored the woods engaging with nature. Almost every organized sport we played with the exception of basketball was outside. In the winter, we never tired of building snow forts and throwing snowballs at each other and buses and cars (which got us into trouble more times than I care to remember). If you can relate to and know some of these games and way of life then you’re probably from my generation.

We can get calls everyday from clients to perform indoor air quality investigations because of visible mold growth or suspected microbial growth. To not be cognizant of other issues aside from mold that might be causing occupant complaints would be unconscionable.

Today, we find children (my own, included) spending the majority of their time inside playing video games, watching TV or on the computer when they’re not doing their homework. What kind of environment have we created for them inside? Let’s think about it for a minute. We don’t build houses out of real wood and plaster like we used to. Today we build and renovate with cabinets and furniture that are made out of particleboard or veneers with glues and adhesives that off gas VOC’s that are known carcinogens. The carpet and finishes we put on our floors today do the same. The chemicals in the air fresheners we use to mask odors are not the answer. This is not to say that the asbestosis and lead based paints used prior to 1978 were not extremely carcinogenic either, but that’s another series of articles to be written. The draperies we hang to decorate have flame retardant chemicals in them, the same goes for children’s pajamas have some of the same chemicals which protect burning, but at what cost. The dry cleaning chemicals used over the past thirty years may have been worse then the so called safe products they’re using today, but the juries still out. Think about the cleaning products under your kitchen counter, what’s really in them. The greener products we’re producing today have many downsides in terms of effectiveness and shelf life – somewhat of a trade-off.

According to the American Lung Association, there are 23 million Americans currently suffering from asthma, 7.1 million of them children, whose developing lungs are particularly susceptible to asthma triggers. Education and awareness are the keys in ensuring that we as parents and grandparents are doing everything we can do to protect our loved ones against these factors that make them susceptible and sensitized to mold and other triggers. According to recent studies pointing to the correlation between damp spaces and mold is obvious to environmental consultants, but this connection to mold and health effects is going unnoticed by many outside the industry.

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An indoor air quality assessment to determine whether there are issues with elevated VOC’s or microbial growth is a step in the right direction. If you need mold remediation then take instruction from us on how to perform it yourself or find a certified mold remediation contractor.

Craig Camel

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18Dec 2008

In the past 30 days, we have seen almost four inches of precipitation land in the tri-state area. If you are a building owner you may be dealing with problems associated with this heavy volume of rain. Some properties may experience water penetration issues, which may have you feeling like you are in the middle of a bad dream. Wet carpets and wall coverings, wet and/or damaged furnishings, nasty odors can wreak havoc on your holiday atmosphere. Not all buildings leak, but if they do, this is just a partial list of the calamities you’re exposed to. If you own a wet vacuum or have paid large sums of money to have a drain system installed in your basement or crawl space, you will most certainly know what I mean. Personally, I know what it’s like, been there, done that and have the t-shirt and aching back to prove it.

Other problems may be leaking windows or doors that you’re aware of or water penetrating into wall cavities from building defects your not even aware of, which may actually be worse. As I’ve discussed in the past, stucco homes built in the last thirty years are especially susceptible to moisture intrusion due to faulty construction, windows that leak and lack of quality control during the construction process.

As a property owner, did you know that the best time to check your structure is during a storm? So, the next time it rains, put on rain gear and go see how your building is performing.

Here are the top 10 things to check during or right after a storm:

1. Basements/Crawl Spaces

a. Standing or seeping water

b. Musty odor/s

c. Dampness

2. Water pooling around or near your building

3. Gutters overflowing. Could be clogged, pitched improperly or undersized.

4. Downspouts discharging too close to the structure. Should have extensions to move/direct water away.

5. Grading (should have a positive pitch – away from the building)

6. Condensation on windows

7. Mulch built up too high preventing draining of cladding (stucco, brick, stone, etc.)

8. Plantings too close to the foundation

9. Stucco not terminated properly above ground

10. Holes, openings or penetrations through the foundation that are not sealed properly

As building scientists and environmental consultants, our job is to evaluate your buildings performance and identify areas that are failing. If you were fortunate enough not to get water in your home during the recent rains, then put your feet up and enjoy a hot cup of tea. If you did experience problems, you may want to schedule an exterior cladding assessment, an indoor air quality investigation or an energy audit.

Of course, if you did get water, keep us in mind for all your water removal and structural drying needs.

Happy Holidays,

Craig Camel

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