Services

AirSpec can perform a wide variety of services for your indoor air quality needs. Detailed below are some of our more popular inspection services. Other specialty inspection services include Chinese drywall, VOC's (Volatile Organic Compounds), Allergen Sampling, and IICRC Category 3 water damage, just to name a few.

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Mold Assessment, Sampling, and Remediation Protocol

The scope of work will provide for a visual inspection and environmental testing, which will characterize the extent of mold contamination, and a detailed report representing AirSpec’s findings and remediation recommendations. A detailed step-by-step, mold remediation protocol is also included. This assessment features the use of infrared thermography and moisture meters to determine the presence of any current water leaks. Ambient, non-viable mold spore air samples and non-viable mold spore surface samples will be collected to determine if mold amplification exists within the structure. The characterization process will determine if mold contamination is limited to a specific area or if it has spread throughout the residence. This service is typically requested by insurance companies, banks, remediation companies, and private homeowners who need detailed documentation, basic cause and origin, and a remediation protocol due to the extent of the damage. This service is valuable because it can actually lower the cost of remediation by limiting the work area and extent of remediation.

All recommendations are justified by our visual and scientific results and are based on nationally recognized guidelines. These include:

1. IICRC S520: Standard and Reference Guide for Professional Mold Remediation 2nd Edition. Institution of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification. Vancouver, WA. 2008

2. IICRC S500: Standard and Reference Guide for Professional Water Damage Restoration 3rd Edition. Institution of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification. Vancouver, WA. 2006

3. Recognition, Evaluation and Control of Indoor Mold. American Industrial Hygiene Association. Fairfax, Va. 2008

4. Fungal Contamination: A Manual for Investigation, Remediation and Control. Hollace S. Bailey, PE, CIAQP, CIEC, CMRS. Building Environment Consultants, Inc. Jupiter, FL. 2005

5. Bioaerosols: Assessment and Control. Janet Macher, ScD., M.P.H. American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists, Cincinnati, OH. 1999

6. Worldwide Exposure Standards for Mold and Bacteria. 7th Edition. Robert C. Brandys, PhD, MPH, PE, CIH, CSP, and Gail M. Brandys, MS, CSP. OEHCS Publications. Hinsdale, IL. 2003

7. Post-Remediation Verification and Clearance Testing for Mold and Bacteria - Risk Based Levels of Cleanliness Assurance 1st Edition. Robert C. Brandys, PhD, MPH, PE, CIH, CSP,  and Gail M. Brandys, MS, CSP. OEHCS Publications. Hinsdale, IL. 2003

The remediation protocol will provide detailed procedures on containment areas, air scrubbers and negative air requirements, which building materials to remove or restore, types of anti-microbial cleaning solutions to use, whether the HVAC system should be cleaned, and if the structure can be safely occupied during the remediation. The protocol also describes the post-remediation inspection (PRI) process and the criteria for a successful PRI. Pertinent OSHA regulations are also provided.

 

Mold Remediation Protocol (MRP)

The scope of work will provide for a visual inspection and detailed remediation protocol report. Infrared thermography and moisture meters will be used during the inspection to determine if any moisture resides in the building materials. No sampling will be performed. The protocol will instruct the remediators as to what areas need to be contained, if the use of a negative air machine or air scrubber will be necessary and where to place it/them, it also instructs in detail which building materials needs to be removed from which walls, ceilings, and/or floors, what areas will need to be sanded down (if any), the method and/or type of anti-microbial solution to use, if the HVAC system and/or duct work needs to cleaned, and if the residence can be occupied during the remediation. This strategy is primarily used in unoccupied buildings or when environmental sampling data is unnecessary or assumed.

 

Mold Assessment with Sampling

The scope of work will provide for an inspection, thorough analysis in order to characterize the extent of contamination, and a detailed report representing AirSpec’s findings and recommendations. Infrared thermography and moisture meters will be used during the inspection to determine if any moisture resides in the building materials. Non-viable mold spore air samples and/or non-viable mold spore surface samples will be collected to determine if mold amplification exists. The characterization process will determine if mold contamination is limited to a specific area or if it has spread throughout the building. A mold remediation protocol is not provided.

 

Mold Inspection

The scope of work will provide for a visual inspection utilizing infrared thermography and moisture meters to determine if any moisture resides in the building materials. We will inspect all areas within the building, including the HVAC system, for visual mold colonization or water infiltration indicators. This inspection is visual only, so no samples will be taken and no reports will be generated; however, verbal recommendations for correcting any issues will be given at the end of the inspection.

 

Non-Work Area Mold Assessment

Sometimes the contents of the residence outside of the containment need to be surveyed for mold growth contamination. These projects usually have the remediation scope already developed. We will inspection the contents outside of the containment for signs of mold growth and collect non-viable surface samples. This type of inspection verifies the proper setup and use of containment barriers and answers any questions about mold spore settlement in the remainder of the residence.

 

Mold Remediation Oversight

This service provides an AirSpec technician on-site during a mold remediation to ensure that it is accomplished in accordance with current mold remediation standards.

 

Post Remediation Inspection (PRI) "Clearance Testing"

The post remediation inspection occurs after the mold remediation and before the affected building materials are replaced. The typical AirSpec post remediation inspection includes a visual inspection, moisture survey, and non-viable mold spore air sampling. Sampling for sewage indicator organisms can also be provided for IICRC Category 3 water damage remediation. After the work area achieves a satisfactory result, a comprehensive report will be provided that details the location of the remediation, description of the building materials removed, engineering controls utilized during the remediation, and criteria for a satisfactory result.

 

Cause & Origin Investigation

The scope of work will provide for a thorough investigation into the cause(s) of water entry or mold growth in a building. This will consist of a visual inspection fortified with scientific instruments, knowledge of building systems, forensic microbiological techniques, and deductive logic. All conclusions are supported by sound discovery or scientifically based-theory. AirSpec strives to make these determinations without any appreciable damage to the structure. However, the removal of building materials to discover the source of the water infiltration or mold growth may be necessary.

This service can be combined with mold spore sampling and/or mold remediation protocol development.

 

Odor Investigation

The scope of work includes a visual inspection and moisture measurements utilizing infrared thermography and moisture meters in order to determine the cause of a disagreeable odor. If the odor is mold-like, air and/or surface sampling for mold spore levels may be necessary. Some molds are known to be toxic and are harmful to occupants. Testing for these molds may be necessary to determine if the structure is safe for occupancy. It may also be necessary to cutout small areas of drywall or building materials to discover the source of the odor. If the odor is not mold related, other testing methods can be completed to aid in determining if the odor is harmful to the occupants. Chemical sampling can be conducted to determine the source of the odor and determine if the airborne contaminants are within safe parameters.

 

Industrial Hygiene and Occupational Safety

Mike Steepy, CIH, CSP has held positions as an Industrial Hygienist, Health and Safety Consultant, Safety and Health Analyst, and Corporate Safety and Health Director for both government and private industries. He understands the complexities of large and small organizations and can effectively operate in both types of environments. AirSpec’s objective is to anticipate, recognize, measure, and control chemical and physical stresses in the workplace. AirSpec offers consultative services including:

  • Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH) and Certified Safety Professional (CSP) Services
  • Worker exposure monitoring: chemical air contaminants, indoor air quality (IAQ), noise, heat & radiation
  • Worker exposure control strategies
  • Evaluation of personal protective equipment (PPE), including respirators, with training and quantitative fit testing (QNFT)
  • Industrial hygiene program audits
  • Regulatory issues: OSHA, EPA
  • Accident investigations

Initially, we listen carefully to our clients concerns, inform them about regulatory requirements, and our past experiences with those issues. Together with the client, we develop a plan for services. AirSpec will review historic worker exposure monitoring records and walk through the plant to observe current work practices. We will develop exposure monitoring strategies, such as chemical air sampling or noise monitoring. We also work with our clients to develop effective, yet workable, exposure control strategies, including training of workers. Finally, we will report our findings in a professional, comprehensive, yet understandable fashion. We will support our clients to help resolve any regulatory or litigation issues.

 

Indoor Air Quality Survey

The scope of work will provide for an indoor air quality survey which will monitor for mold, allergens, and air quality parameters. The indoor air quality survey can include any or all of the following:

  1. Mold spore air and surface samples.
  2. Testing for dust mites, insect, cat, and dog allergens.
  3. Indoor comfort parameters which consists of carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, relative humidity, and ambient temperature.
  4. Chemical or particle sampling.
  5. VOC (Volatile Organic Compounds) sampling for indoor environmental irritants. 
  6. A detailed report of AirSpec’s findings with all sample results, interpretations, and recommendations for improvement of the indoor air quality based on the inspection and analytical results. If all sample results are within normal parameters and no other issues are found during the inspection, the report will still include all of the above, but instead of recommendations, AirSpec will conclude in writing that the building is within normal parameters.

 

Real Estate Transaction

Mold and Water Damage Inspection - The scope of work will provide for a detailed inspection related to mold amplification and water damage indicators. A detailed report representing AirSpec’s findings and recommendations will be provided. Infrared thermography and moisture meters will be used during the inspection to determine if any moisture resides in the building materials. Non-viable mold spore fungal air samples will be collected to determine if mold amplification exists. (This service is for home buyers and sellers to aid in purchasing and/or selling of a residential property.)

 

Allergen Sampling

The scope of work will provide for an allergen panel which will test for dust mites, insect, cat, and dog allergens, as well as, a detailed report including all sample results, interpretations, and recommendations for improvement of the indoor air quality.

 

Expert Witness Testimony

Mike Steepy has been involved in litigation as an expert witness representing the plaintiff or the defense in mold-related litigation. Our extensive experience and qualifications in mold issues will provide a powerful influence to your case.