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New Analytical Methods Aid in Mold and Indoor Air Quality Investigations
Feb 06, 2010
"The industry now has two new, unique, and very powerful tools in the constant battle against sick building syndrome, building related illness, and mold."
WEST PALM BEACH, FLORIDA -- According to mold inspector Daryl Watters of A Accredited Mold Inspection Service, Inc. "A few years ago people with mold allergies or indoor air quality related asthma problems would assume that they were suffering from unavoidable hay fever or outdoor allergies. In recent years with flooding, hurricanes, defective Chinese drywall, media reports of toxic black mold people are more knowledgeable and more concerned than ever. They now consult with mold inspectors and other air quality consultants who perform testing and inspections aimed at providing answers in regard to how to solve such problems.
"Many people have started to realize that the problem is often related to completely preventable and correctable problems in the home."
According to Mr. Watters, "Before indoor air quality problems such as mold, volatile organic compounds such as formaldehyde, sulfides from defective Chinese drywall, and other indoor pollutants can be dealt with the presence, extent, and cause and origin, of such contaminates must be known. It's like putting the pieces of a puzzle together. It takes a combination of detailed inspection methodologies and reliable air testing tools to help resolve IAQ mysteries."
The industry now has two new, unique, and very powerful tools in the constant battle against sick building syndrome, building related illness, and mold. A Accredited Mold Inspection Service, Inc. is one of the nations few providers of two new and truly revolutionary techniques enabling them to detect levels of chemicals produced by building materials and mold to the parts per billion. One part per billion is 1000 times less concentrated than a substance being detected at the parts per million level! This service is now offered by the air quality consultants at A Accredited Mold Inspection Service, Inc.
1) The first is CDScan™
A Accredited now offers CDScan™ a new air quality analysis method that has been proven to detect the presence of a specific sulfide found in the air of homes with defective Chinese drywall. It is the specific type of analytical methodology utilizing one hundred thousand dollar gas chromatography / mass spectrometry machines that is unique and new. No longer do you have to cut out a 10 inch square piece of drywall in order to obtain 3rd party lab confirmation of the presence of defective Chinese drywall, a simple air sample is all that is needed. In addition to the air test a sample of corrosion is taken from the AC coils and an advanced powerful scanning electron microscope is used along with x ray technology to determine if the corrosion is typical, or if it's caused by corrosive sulfur chemicals from defective drywall.
2) The second is Air Check™
In addition to the above test a similar new gas chromatography mass spectrometry based analysis method of your indoor air quality is designed to test for common harmful indoor pollutants known as volatile organic compounds or VOC's released by building materials such as but not limited to carpets, pressed wood products including kitchen cabinets and office furniture, paints, glues and solvents, and everyday household chemicals. In addition to the above referenced test for levels of total VOC's or volatile organic compounds, the same air sample can be used to detect total levels of mVOC's or microbial volatile organic chemicals. This rare test for mold related chemicals can aid in detecting hidden mold that produces such chemicals. According to mold inspector Daryl Watters "It is not uncommon to test the air for mold spores and not find unusual levels of spores in the air if the mold is hidden inside a wall. That is why home air tests and mold test methods administered by homeowners often give false negatives, and that is why a certified mold inspector must be employed to aid in finding and diagnosing mold problems. Even if a homeowner can verify the presence of mold via testing, they often need an inspector to aid in identifying the location, extent, and cause of the problem." This test does not rely on the presence of mold spores that may be trapped in a wall, it relies on the presence of mold odor, or mold chemicals mVOC's in the air. Few tests exist for the detection of these chemical produced by mold. This test is extremely sensitive and can detect these mold related compounds as well as building material sourced VOC's from one single sample, this is truly revolutionary. To learn more about mold odor and your health.
If you suspect harmful defective Chinese drywall, manmade chemicals, mold, or mold related chemicals such as mold odor, or mVOC's, sick building syndrome, or any other kind of indoor air quality problem log on to: http://www.floridamoldinspectors.us
About A Accredited Mold Inspection Service, Inc.
The inspectors at A Accredited are Certified Indoor Environmentalist and Certified Mold Inspectors and can help you put the pieces of the puzzle together in regard to your home or office air quality problems. Daryl Watters has a Bachelors degree in Education for teaching Biology and general Science and is a Certified Indoor Environmentalist and Certified Mold Inspector. A Accredited Home Inspection Service was established in 1993 and A Accredited Mold Inspection Service was established in 2003. They service commercial clients and homeowners from Vero Beach to the Florida Keys and all points between including areas in near and around West Palm Beach, Miami, Boca Raton, Kendall, Aventura, and Key West.
Keywords: mold inspector, indoor air quality, mold inspection, mold test, Medical » Laboratory and Research
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