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The Mold Assessment Protocol (MAP)

Mold inspection and testing tools, NJ, NYC

By Jason Earle Google+

Phase A: Mold & Moisture Survey

The Phase A Mold & Moisture Survey is a non-invasive physical survey of all accessible areas in order to identify potential mold and moisture problems. Mold growth often occurs unseen, so our highly trained specialists that are trained to gather data using state-of-the-art tools including:

  • Fact Gathering
  • Visual Inspection of Accessible Areas
  • Certified Mold-Detection Dogs – Mold Dogs™ (Read more about how Mold Dogs work.)
  • Laser Particle Scanners
  • Thermal Scanning and Infrared Thermography
  • Electronic Moisture Detection

The main purpose of a Phase A Mold & Moisture Survey is to develop a mold testing or investigation strategy if necessary. The information gathered during the Phase A Mold & Moisture Survey enables our Technicians to eliminate much of the waste and guesswork association with traditional mold testing during mold inspections. Instead of random air testing & surface sampling, mold testing and investigations are done where our time-tested tools and techniques tell us to. This can dramatically reduce the amount of expensive mold testing needed during proper Phase B Mold Testing and Investigation.

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Phase B: Investigation and Sampling

The purpose of Phase B is to investigate potential areas of concern revealed during the Phase A Survey, evaluate the extent of the mold problem if one is found, identify the underlying moisture problem, and plan for mold remediation and repairs done during Phase C, if any are necessary. Phase B Investigation and Sampling usually involves invasive methods. All mold testing and mold inspection methods are done in accordance with the IICRC S520 Mold Remediation Standard, the only consensus-accepted industry standard that exists today.

All samples taken for analysis are sent to an AIHA-accredited laboratory.

Phase C: Remediation Planning

The purpose of mold remediation is to remove the mold growth and restore the property to a normal condition. Of the utmost importance is the repair of the defect or defects that created the moisture problem in the first place. Although we do not perform mold remediation or make repairs, we offer support services including:

  • Development of the Scope of Work
  • Mold Remediation Planning and Coordination
  • Monitoring of Mold Remediation Project

Once a mold remediation company is finished, and the water problem corrected, we can perform Phase D Post-Remediation Verification to determine the effectiveness of their work.

Phase D: Post-Remediation Verification

The decision to declare a work area has passed the clearance testing and that the project is completed is based on three parameters:

  1. Visual inspections
  2. Results of air testing/sampling
  3. Results of surface mold testing/sampling.

A visual inspection is performed prior to any clearance sampling, and sampling would only proceed after the mold remediation work zone has passed a visual inspection(s). A visual inspection will only be acceptable based on the following:

  1. No sign of any fungal growth and/or water damage on all surfaces
  2. No visible dust on surfaces.

Both viable (culturable) samples as well as non-viable (spore trap air samples and tapelifts) should be collected during clearance testing. There are instances where time and budget does not allow for culturable analysis so spore traps and/or tapelifts alone are used for final clearance. If the air tests or surface mold testing show that the work area(s) are still not sufficiently cleaned, these mold remediation area(s) must be re-cleaned and re-tested.

Final clearance will only be approved for passing after all samples have been analyzed. Depending on the results, it may be necessary to perform re-cleaning in one or more areas. If any re-cleaning is done by the mold remediation contractor, a 1-800-GOT-MOLD? specialist re-samples those areas at the mold remediation contractor’s expense.

When the mold remediation project is complete, a Clearance Letter is provided to our customer confirming the absence of abnormal moisture levels or mold growth in the areas where the mold remediation project was performed. A copy of the final laboratory report is included with the Clearance Letter.

Additional Mold-Related Services:

Mold Prevention Consulting: Most mold infestations we find could have been easily prevented. A minor defect or error in design or installation can create a colossal problem. The old adage holds true now more than ever: an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

Mold Education: We’ll teach you what to look for and how to react to mold and moisture problems efficiently and effectively. Since, according to the EPA, mold growth can occur within 48 hours of a water problem, it is urgent that you be prepared to act quickly and appropriately to save money and protect the health of your family.


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