OTTAWA certified Mold inspections and mold testing services
While others may offer you services that do not implement proper sampling controls and do not meet the industry standards, such as not collecting an outdoor sample that is essential for proper comparative analysis, or performing air testing that is known as split sampling that consists of collecting air form multiple areas using a single cassette, we only perform sampling that fully adheres to the highest industry standards and the recommended sampling guidelines recognized by Health Canada and the American Industrial Hygiene Association. In short, we do not conduct erroneous sampling that may end up costing clients more in the long run.
As a leader in the mold assessment industry, we are proud to specialize in assessing and documenting the most difficult and subtle mold related issues that may be present within residential, commercial, industrial, as well as institutional buildings. Our technicians are fully certified and experienced in conducting comprehensive and proper mold assessments, mold remediation project oversight, and post-remediation clearance air testing. Our reports are also highly distinguished for setting a new professional standard for documenting mold problems.
MOLD TESTING & INSPECTIONS
- Whether you are facing mildew or musty smells that may signal a hidden mold problem, or you are faced with an actual visible mold growth issue, the first step to remediating the issue is to determine the source and extent of the mold problem.
Once the above information is known, an appropriate remediation scope of work can be drafted for your specific project.
As such, our inspections can determine if a mold problem exists, the extent, & the scope of work required.
- Not all consultants, nor all companies are the same. Our technicians have obtained certificates in environmental management & assessment, and have the experience to determine if mold may be negatively impacting your indoor air quality and whether or not occupants may be being exposed to airborne mold spores.
Our reports not only provide you with a 3rd party lab analysis document, but we also provide you with a comprehensive and understandable written interpretation of the results, and recommendations.
CLEARANCE MOLD TESTING
- If you have decided to tackle your own mold cleanup project, or if you would like to know if the contractor that you hired successfully completed your project, then having clearance air testing done is highly recommended.
Clearance air sampling will let you know if your mold removal project was done right, and it will also provide you with proper paperwork. This could be crucial if you are dealing with tenants, employees, or a potential sale of a property that may give rise to legal implications.
Health Canada considers mold growth in residential and public buildings to be a potential health hazard, as people living or working in buildings with chronic dampness and mold are more likely to suffer from symptoms such as eyes, nose and throat irritation, coughing, wheezing, shortness of breath or other allergy like reactions.
According to Health Canada, some people are quite sensitive to mold, while others will not react at all. Therefore, Health Canada recommends that any mold that is found indoors be properly removed, regardless of the mold species found to be growing in the building.
Health Canada also notes that there is no amount of mold that can be considered safe when found in indoor environments. As such, Health Canada States that: "In the absence of exposure limits, results from tests for the presence of fungi in air cannot be used to assess risks to the health of building occupants". This means that in the presence of persons with allergic sensitizations or those with a higher subseptability, such as newborns, people suffering from respiratory or ammune system issues, and the elder, fungi spores that are found in the indoor air, when different from outdoor levels, have to be considered a potential health hazard that may require proper cleaning.
TYPES OF MOLD TESTING
determining indoor spore levels in relation to indoor air quality;
determining the possible precense of a potential hidden mold problem;
determining the potential precense of cross-contamination of spaces close to contaminated areas;
determining cleanliness of specific areas in relation to outdoors or non-suspect areas for scope of work drafting;
determining project completeness following the removal/remediaiton of areas that suffered from mold contmaination;
Not Used For:
Determining acceptable indoor spore levels in relation to occupancy;
verifying whether suspect microbial contamination is actual mold growth or not;
checking the cleanliness of open surfaces and contents in relation to mold contamination;
determine the potential presence and severity of potential moisture issues based on species of mold present;
RAPID MICROBIAL SWAB TESTING
verifying the potential presence of any organic matter on surfaces;
checking the cleanliness of open surfaces and contents in relation to all types of organic mater (i.e. skin cells, bacteria, dust containg soil particles, and potential mold);
Not Used For:
verifying the presence of non-visible mold contamination on surfaces. This is due to the fact that any organic mater (i.e. skin cells, bacteria, dust containg soil particles, and potential mold) that may be present on surfaces will cause the swab test to indicate a positive result;
If you would like more information, please do not hesitate to give us a call (613)366-5226.