Indoor Air Quality & Mould Investigations

Mould, Asthma, Allergens & IAC Sampling

VancouverHomeInspections.com offers the following Indoor Air Quality Services:

David Rolland is a Network Associate of RespirCare

 

INDOOR MOULD ASSESSMENT

Visual Assessment for Moisture Damage and Suspect Mould Growth

Electronic Moisture Measurements or Infrared Thermal Imaging

Mould Sampling Assessment

Project Management

Post-Remediation Verification

 

ASTHMA TRIGGERS & ALLERGEN SCREENING

Visual Assessment

Dust Sampling Assessment – (allergen identification)

 

GENERAL MOULD INSPECTION & TESTING SERVICES OVERVIEW:
VISUAL ASSESSMENT

A Visual Assessment is a non-invasive visual inspection of the structure (inside and out) for mould and conditions associated with indoor mould growth using state-of-the-art, industry specific equipment to detect unusual conditions such as:

  • Abnormal changes in temperature, humidity, and moisture retention in construction materials
  • Potential observed external or internal sources of current and prior water intrusion

Includes:

Field consultation (findings review)

Reference report with government or industry recommended guidelines for self-clean up or referral to an appropriate specialist.

Documentation and follow up consultation by a trained RespirCare Associate

 

MOULD SAMPLING ASSESSMENT

Conventional Mould Sampling:

The primary purpose of mould sampling is to confirm or rule out the probability that mould is growing or originating indoors. The secondary purpose is to identify and quantify mould spore types and concentrations indoors for potential health risk assessment. There are three conventional mould-sampling methods:

Surface sample; involves using either a cotton swab apparatus or direct tape lift to collect mould from a surface for direct microscopic examination and analysis.

Bulk sample; involves physically extracting a piece of material from a surface for culturing or direct microscopic examination and analysis.

Air sample; involves trapping air in a special cassette specifically designed for direct microscopic examination and analysis.

Your inspector will make sampling recommendations based on observations made in the visual inspection.

Includes:

All sampling supplies and field documentation

All laboratory fees and analytical reports

Data interpretation of laboratory reports and documentation of elevated and/or unusual mould conditions according to Health Canada, United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA), and American Conference for Governmental Industrial Hygienists (ACGIH) references.

Independent analytical review by a highly qualified RespirCare Analytical Data Review Specialist with an appropriate Board Awarded American Council for Accredited Certifications (ACAC) certification.

Analytical review includes a reference report with links to the USEPA, Health Canada or IICRC S500 and S520 recommended guidelines for self-clean up or referral to an appropriate specialist.

 

PROJECT MANAGEMENT

Project management is the on-site supervision and progress assessment of your mould remediation job. Most property owners are not familiar with mould remediation processes or the difference between proper and improper protocols.

Includes:

Pre-work safety check of containment barriers and instructions to your contractors for properly discarding contaminated materials

Scheduled spot checks of work in progress

Post-remediation visual inspection, moisture assessment, sample collection and laboratory data review.

 

POST-REMEDIATION VERIFICATION

Post-remediation verification is mission-critical in determining the success of a remediation project. Unless certain criteria is met, there is a very high likelihood that mould will return. An independent third-party assessment is your only way to know if that mould is no longer originating from the remediated areas and that all remaining construction materials are dry enough for reconstruction.

Includes:

A visual inspection of the work area(s)

Moisture assessment of salvaged materials

Air sampling of work area(s) with comparative control

All sampling supplies and field documentation

All laboratory fees and analytical reports

Data interpretation of laboratory reports and documentation of elevated and/or unusual mould conditions according to Health Canada, United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA), and American Conference for Governmental Industrial Hygienists (ACGIH) references.

Independent analytical review by a highly qualified RespirCare Analytical Data Review Specialist with an appropriate Board Awarded American Council for Accredited Certifications (ACAC) certification.

Analytical review includes a reference report with links to the USEPA, Health Canada or IICRC S500 and S520 recommended guidelines for self-clean up or referral to an appropriate specialist.

 

ASTHMA TRIGGERS & INDOOR ALLERGENS

Asthma kills over 5,000 Americans every year. Since indoor allergens can play a significant role in triggering asthma attacks it is important to recognize potential asthma triggers indoors and reduce your exposure to those triggers. With today’s technology, indoor environments can be tested for asthma triggers and other allergens quickly and affordably.

Includes:

All sampling supplies and field documentation

All laboratory fees and analytical reports including an immunoassay for: cat allergens, dog allergens, cockroach allergens, and dust mites.

Data interpretation of laboratory reports and documentation of elevated levels in excess of American Conference for Governmental Industrial Hygienists (ACGIH) referenced Threshold Limit Values (TLVs).

Independent analytical review by a highly qualified RespirCare Analytical Data Review Specialist with an appropriate Board Awarded American Council for Accredited Certifications (ACAC) certification.

Analytical review includes a reference report with links to the USEPA or Health Canada recommended guidelines for self-clean up or referral to an appropriate specialist.

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