What is an INITIAL MOLD ASSESSMENT?
The purpose of an Initial Mold Assessment is to ascertain the extent of loss due to mold contamination and/or water damage in a property, if any, and to gather the necessary information to provide an appropriate scope of work for remediation, if deemed necessary. A Mold Assessment is performed by a qualified and experienced indoor environmental consultant
An assessment includes the evaluation of data obtained from a building history and assessment in order to formulate an initial hypothesis about the origin, identity, location and extent of amplification of mold contamination. If necessary, a sampling plan is developed, and samples are collected and sent to a qualified, accredited laboratory for analysis. The subsequent data is interpreted by the indoor environmental professional. Then the indoor environmental professional will develop a mold remediation plan to be followed by the remediation contractor.
AEG Environmental Technicians use various reference materials for field activities and the development of our Initial Mold Assessment report including but not limited to:
- “Mold Remediation in Schools and Commercial Buildings,” U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, EPA Publication No. 402-16-01-001 (2001)
- “Recognition, Evaluation and Control of Indoor Mold,” American Industrial Hygiene Association (2008)
- “Guidelines on Assessment & Remediation of Fungi in Indoor Environments,” New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (2008)
- “Bio-aerosols: Assessment & Controls,” American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists (1999)
- “Field Guide for the Determination of Biological Contaminants in Environmental Samples,” American Industrial Hygiene Association (2005)
- “Ventilation for Acceptable Indoor Air Quality;” Standard 62.1. American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers, Inc. (ASHRAE)
- “Ventilation and Acceptable Indoor Air Quality in Low-Rise Residential Buildings” Standard 62.2, ASHRAE
- “Selected Standards for the Assessment of Indoor Environmental Quality,” Indoor Environmental Standards Organization’s (IESO) 2nd Ed. (2003)
- The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration (IICRC)
S500 – “Standard and Reference Guide for Professional Water Damage Restoration”
S520 – “Standard and Reference Guide for Professional Mold Remediation”
S300 – “Standard and Reference Guide for Professional Upholstery Cleaning”