Tom is the definition of a true expert when it comes to mold testing and removal. He has been a tremendous help.
~ Michael M.
Providing mold inspection, mold remediation, waterproofing, foundation restoration, basement mold, air quality testing, attic mold services and more.
Whenever mold is suspected of being present in a home or business, the first step is to perform a mold inspection. The mold inspection will determine the number of important factors. Once it is determined that mold contamination is present, a mold remediation plan is created to address the specific issues and causes and well as make sure that a recurrence of mold does not occur. With a combined 25 years of experience in mold inspection and remediation, Moisture Science Environmental will ensure the process is handled properly and professionally. MSE is currently located in Collingswood, NJ, and serves the greater Philadelphia Metro area.
Mold inspection utilizes a visual and analytical inspection of the suspected area of concern. The first aspect of any inspection is a visual inspection. During the visual mold inspection, the mold inspector will look for signs of mold growth on materials that support mold, such as wood framing, paneling, wood furniture, and sheetrock. This is especially true in high-risk areas of homes such as the basement or crawlspace which often have elevated relative humidity.
The next sense that is used is olfactory. If there is mold contamination in an enclosed space there is going to be a musty odor. That musty odor is a byproduct of the metabolism of fungi. When fungi(mold) digest the cellulose found in many building products, it gives off a gas that we detect as musty or an organic smell. When you are walking in the woods you get that same odor because you are surrounded by literally billions of mold spores. That is fine out in the wood, but it is not supposed to be happening in your home or business.
The last tool a mold inspector has is air quality testing. Air quality testing compares the air inside a living or working area to the outside environment. The CDC states that indoor mold spore concentrations should be the same or lower than the outside environment. So we take air samples of several areas on the interior and then one sample from the outside. If the indoor mold spore counts are 5x that of the outside, there is a problem.
Mold remediation is the killing/removal of mold by the use of HEPA vacuums, air scrubbers, mechanical agitation, and encapsulation. Once the mold contamination has been identified it is very important to isolate the problem area from the rest of the living environments with Critical Containment – using heavy plastic sheeting to seal off the problem area. The problem area also is put under negative air pressure using an air scrubber that is vented to the outside so that no airborne spores can cross-contaminate nonproblem areas. The next step is the physical and chemical removal of mold from the affected surfaces. We start with the use of a HEPA vacuum to remove loose or settled spores from the area. Next, we will spray the contaminated areas with a fungicide and wipe or scrub (depending on the type of surface) to remove embedded mold. The final step is encapsulation which involves the application of an antifungal retardant.
Tom McGuire, owner and operator of Moisture Science Environmental, is the only South Jersey/Philly Metro area mold inspector with a bachelor’s degree in Microbiology. Tom has been a member of MICRO (Mold Inspection, Certification & Remediation Organization) for over 12 years. Call Moisture Science to speak to a professional mold expert – (609) 314-3528
There are some cases where a mold expert is not required and some mold companies may not be honest enough to admit that. Here are some New Jersey and the Greater Philadelphia customers and industries that call for mold inspections and Moisture Science’s professional opinion:
|Homeowners||Church Property management|
|Restoration companies||Condo associations|
|Warehouse managers||Home Inspectors|
|Construction managers||Facility managers|
Discuss your mold problems with a licensed mold removal company.