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22Apr 2017

When you hire a mold contractor make sure to ask if they use third-party mold testing!

mold testingWhen you’re looking for a mold contractor to take control of your mold situation, whether it’s a home, a business, a medical center, or any other facility, you want someone you can trust. A business relationship built on trust is one you can be proud of. That’s why Advanced Mold Diagnostics makes fostering trust a top priority with each of our clients.

One of the most important ways we do this is by using third-party mold testing. We believe that third-party testing is a huge advantage that we have over the competition, and it’s an important demonstration of our commitment to trust and to helping our clients. We want our clients to feel informed about their mold situation, and also capable of making the important decisions regarding mold. Third-party mold testing helps us do that. Here’s how.

Why Third-Party Mold Testing Is So Important For Mold Contractors

Advanced Mold Diagnostics thinks that third-party mold testing is important for two main reasons.

The first is accountability. When you hire professional mold inspection that does testing, they will arrive with specialized equipment that can detect mold through walls, ceilings, and other obstructions. That means they can find mold that you might not have even known was there and take samples.  Depending on how accessible the mold is, they might take samples from mold in an HVAC system or under outdoor cladding and stucco. And that is the extent of the onsite testing. The real work happens when they take those samples to the lab.

In the laboratory, mold testing will be run on those samples to determine what kind of mold you’re dealing with (there are thousands of species of mold, and not all of them can be dealt with in the same way). Depending on the severity of the problem, your mold contractor will deal with the problem in different ways. This is why third-party mold testing is so important. If your mold contractor runs the tests themselves, that’s a conflict of interest. A contractor might want to perform the more difficult (and therefore expensive) treatment, and if they do the testing themselves, they might find results that make that necessary. Third-party testing ensures that a neutral party decides the extent of the mold problem.

This leads us to our second reason: empowerment. If your mold testing company uses third-party testing but you never see the results, that company is still controlling your mold remediation choices. That’s why Advanced Mold Diagnostics has our third-party tester send the results straight to you, the client. When you receive the results from the lab, you are able to see the type of mold you’re dealing with and the choice to move forward is yours.

Advanced Mold Diagnostics takes its relationships with its clients very seriously, and third-party mold testing is a great example of our commitment to that principle. If you have any questions about the mold testing we offer call 1-800-642-8305. We look forward to hearing from you!

 

Related Tags: Mold Testing | AMD Reliable Mold Professionals

 

28Feb 2017

See for yourself: forgoing a mold inspection is just not worth the risk.

Certified-Mold-InspectionThere are two extremes that we want to avoid when it comes to investigating something. On one end of the spectrum, we overlook and ignore clear signs that call for an investigation. Something was wrong and someone needed to look into it, but the warning signs only become clear after it’s too late. The other extreme is being overly cautious and paranoid. Ordinary occurrences are misinterpreted as indications that something is wrong, despite the fact that there is nothing to worry about. When this occurs, an investigation can be embarrassing, since it will show that a lot of fuss was raised about nothing.

If you help operate a dialysis center, then you may be worried about falling into one of these extremes. You think that your center may need a certified mold inspection, but you don’t want to go through with the inspection if nothing is wrong. But, at the same time, you don’t want mold to persist and grow if it has already infested the building. So what do you do?

If you’re in this position, then there is good news: there actually is no dilemma. You can never be too cautious about mold in your dialysis center. In order to prove this, let’s look at the different ways your situation can pan out.

The Different Scenarios Of Certified Mold Inspection

Here’s the situation: you are not sure whether or not you should have a certified mold inspection for your dialysis center. Let’s look at 2 options that you can take and the different scenarios that can result from your decisions.

Decision 1: No Mold Inspection

In Decision 1, you decide to forego a mold inspection. There are two directions this can go:

  • Scenario A: There is no mold. In this scenario, there’s no mold after all. While you are correct in your intuition that there is no real mold problem, you still worry about whether or not you have made the right choice. After all, while there’s no mold, you don’t know that for sure, since there was no inspection.
  • Scenario B: There is mold. In this scenario, your dialysis center has mold, but you are not aware of the problem since you decided to not have a mold inspector come in and examine your center. Since the mold is untreated, it spreads and causes more damage and air pollution in the center.

Decision 2: Certified Mold Inspection

In Decision 2, you decide to have a certified mold inspector come and assess your dialysis center. Here are the two scenarios made possible by this decision.

  • Scenario C: There is no mold. In this scenario, the inspector finds no mold growth.. You may regret the fact that you hired an inspector despite the fact that there was no mold, but you also find comfort in the fact that your dialysis center is mold-free. You did not take the possibility of mold lightly, and now you can focus on other matters.
  • Scenario D: There is mold. In this scenario, the mold inspection discovers mold in your dialysis center. The proper steps are taken to remove the mold, creating a healthy, clean, safe environment for your staff and patients.

So if you’re on the fence as to whether or not your dialysis center should have a certified mold inspection, just think about the worst that can happen. The worst case scenario is when you decide to forgo the inspection, and the best case scenario involves having a certified mold inspector assess your facilities. No matter what, a certified mold inspection will give you the peace of mind you need to keep your dialysis center running smoothly.

Avoiding a mold inspection is just not worth the risk. If you would like to consult with a certified mold inspector, then contact us at Advanced Mold Diagnostics. Call us today at 1-800-642-8305.

 

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22Feb 2017

Facts and Figures You Should Know About Commercial Mold Testing

Commercial Mold TestingCommercial mold testing is the best way to determine if your business has a mold problem that needs to be addressed by a professional. Many businesses with mold use commercial mold testing done by a professional as a first step towards deciding to get professional mold remediation or not.

Unfortunately, sometimes commercial mold testing done inexpertly can be more of a hindrance than a help. Before you hire a professional to test your business for mold, make sure you consider the following.

What You Should Know About Commercial Mold Testing Before You Hire

Commercial mold testing can mean the difference between catching a mold problem before it gets out of control and falling prey to a mold infection that can seriously damage your indoor air quality and maybe even your business. Unfortunately, some so-called professional mold testing companies can do a substandard job, leaving you with the wrong information and leading you to make the wrong decision.

If the company finds none or negligible mold when there is a real problem, the situation can blossom out of control. But if they find that you need mold remediation when the problem really isn’t that big of a deal, then you could pay for expensive mold remediation that you don’t need. This means that you need to be selective when you hire commercial mold testing.

When you are looking to hire commercial mold testing, make sure that you are provided all the information you need to make a good decision. Sometimes, sketchy mold removal companies can take advantage of their customers by only providing them with the test results that would suggest they need mold remediation, then insisting that they sign up for mold remediation with that company. At Advanced Mold Diagnostics, we send all the material from our inspections to a third-party lab for testing, then send you the test results directly. That way, you have all the information at your disposal and can make the best decision for your business.

Unfortunately, not all mold removal companies are created equal. Some companies that conduct commercial mold testing don’t successfully find mold when there is mold, or panic and report mold when there isn’t a huge mold problem. To avoid experiences like this, make sure you are hiring accredited professionals that know what they are doing and have the clientele to back it up. Advanced Mold Diagnostics proudly holds more than a dozen certifications and can provide you the commercial mold testing you need for your business.

If you have any questions about commercial mold testing and the services that Advanced Mold Diagnostics can provide for you, don’t hesitate to give us a call. We’d be happy to help you with anything we can.

 

Related Tags: Commercial Mold Testing | Mold Testing for Your Business

 

03Feb 2017

An insider’s look at what makes mold testing so difficult.

Mold TestingMold is a deceptive substance. It can pop up all over the place, at the most inopportune times. Yet, while it seems to crop up at the worst time, it doesn’t always announce its arrival. Mold is common, but that doesn’t make it easy to find. This is the paradox of mold: it’s all over the place and yet, nowhere to be found. Mold can infest buildings and structures of any kind, and stay under the radar.

Now, this observation doesn’t need to be taken too far. Of course, mold isn’t everywhere. And likewise, sometimes it’s not always hidden. But the point is that, far too often, mold commonly infests places that you might not expect and hides in places that you may never find yourself. That’s why professional mold testing is so important, especially for dialysis centers.

But what can make dialysis centers different from other places is that mold is to be expected in dialysis centers. Since dialysis centers use so much water, they are uniquely vulnerable to mold. So, you can’t afford to assume that your dialysis center is mold free. You need an accurate mold test conducted by a certified mold inspector.

Certified, Reliable Mold Testing That Dialysis Centers Need

Dialysis centers are prime spots for mold infestations as the process lines carrying RO water, acid and bi-carb can develop leaks. It’s essential that every dialysis center seeks the insight of professional mold inspectors. Here are some of the ways in which mold can infiltrate a dialysis center:

  • Equipment: The system of water distribution requires a lot of parts and constant maintenance, as you well know. Any piece of process line or  equipment that is not maintained properly can be vulnerable to mold growth since moisture is always present . Every leaky seal, loose fitting, fractured pipe or other problem can invite mold growth.
  • Accidents: Accidents happen. That’s just part of life. How many times have staff overfilled tanks in the water storage room or bi-carb mixing room? This can result in leaks and spills, which become prime locations for mold growth.
  • Moisture: While the water distribution and storage systems in dialysis centers make them common places for mold growth, dialysis centers can also have mold problems due to the sheer amount of moisture in the air (relative humidity). The constant presence of water should keep dialysis centers on the lookout for mold.

What makes mold testing tricky is not necessarily the testing of the mold itself, but making sure that you’ve inspected every area of the center for samples to inspect. At Advanced Mold Diagnostics, we provide the most thorough, effective and reliable mold inspection services. We have an established history with mold testing in dialysis centers, and we can help yours. Call us today at 1-800-642-8305.

 

Related Tags: Tricky Mold Testing | Dialysis Mold Inspection

25Dec 2016

The Guide to Commercial Mold Inspection for Facilities Management

commercial mold inspectionAs a facilities manager, you are responsible for many systems within your buildings, some complex and some not so. Of course, you’re also responsible for keeping the roof from leaking, the pipes from clogging and deal with all the complaints of it’s too hot, or it’s too cold. Indoor air quality is also a concern and sometimes you just don’t know what to do, if anything. The musty odor complaint is one you hate to hear as it’s one of the hardest issues to deal with. That is why so many facilities managers turn to commercial mold inspection to make sure their indoor air quality is not affecting their staff or tenants. Keeping the fungal ecology (mold) inside the building about the same as the outdoors mold is of utmost importance.

Mold can be at the least an annoyance for some commercial business owners and it can be very serious when dealing with medical centers, and other work environments with lots of square footage to look after. The size of the building, its age, and the climate can all contribute to conditions needed for mold growth, which can become dangerous if left untreated. That is why Advanced Mold Diagnostics (AMD) is proud to provide the best commercial mold inspection for facilities managers like you. If you think mold remediation services might be what your business needs, read below to discover some frequently-asked-questions about exactly what you can expect from AMD.

Mold can be a big problem for commercial business owners, medical facilities, and anyplace that has employees with weakened immune systems. The size of the building, its age, and the climate can all contribute to mold growth, which can become dangerous if left untreated. That is why Advanced Mold Diagnostics (AMD) is proud to provide the best commercial mold inspection for facilities managers like yourself. If you think mold remediation services might be what your business needs, read below to discover some frequently-asked-questions about exactly what you can expect from AMD.

Frequently Asked Questions about AMD’s Commercial Mold Inspection

How does the mold inspection process work? When the AMD representative arrives, they will go over a comprehensive packet of information with you about mold and the mold inspection process. This packet contains a lot of important information on the problem of mold, including mold growth conditions, how to prevent mold growth, and safety information. This information can then be given to your employees to educate them. The representative will then gather background information about your building, the construction, and all related water incidents, etc. so that we know what we are dealing with. Next, the representative will use the equipment they brought to conduct a battery of tests and samples both inside and outside the property, guided by the information you provided, to find the problem areas and assess the situation.

What do you test for/how do you test? Each commercial mold inspection is different, and each one requires a different approach, but most inspections typically include:

  • Thermal imaging in the interior and sometimes the exterior of the space to identify mold growth
  • Grading and landscape assessment to identify water flow
  • Sealant and joint inspection for possible water entry points
  • Gutters, downspouts, and drainage assessment
  • Type and construction of exterior cladding, especially stucco
  • Roof/attic inspection, specifically concerned with ventilation

What happens to the samples? After our extensive inspection, Advanced Mold Diagnostics sends all the samples we take, both indoor and outdoor, to a third-party laboratory for testing. We send those results straight to you for review. This step is important to AMD because we want you to have the information you need to make a decision about mold remediation straight from the source, not passed through us. When you are equipped with the information you need to make a decision about the next step, we hope that you will consider AMD for mold remediation.

If you think you might have a mold problem, call AMD today to set up a commercial mold inspection and start taking control of your mold problem.

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