Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) Testing & Mold
The quality of indoor air can be affected by a variety of conditions and contaminants including ineffective ventilation, excessive moisture, interior processes and equipment use, materials storage, and naturally occurring contaminants. Indoor air quality issues are often manifested by adverse symptoms experienced by building occupants. Sometimes the problem is obvious and easily determined; however, many indoor air quality issues are complex and difficult to identify.
Allied scientists are trained and experienced in the evaluation of indoor air quality issues. Using the latest methods and technology, Allied can effectively evaluate conditions within a building to determine the likely source(s) of the problem. Once the problem source has been determined, a sensible and cost-effective solution can be developed and implemented.
Mold is a natural part of our environment. Outdoors, mold plays an important role in nature by breaking down dead organic matter. However, indoors, mold growth can result in elevated airborne spore concentrations. Persons exposed to high spore levels may develop allergies to the mold and other health issues. Unchecked mold growth can also damage interior finishes and furnishings and, in time, cause serious damage to the structural elements of a building.
If mold growth is found, that means there is, or was, a source of excessive moisture. There are many types of mold, and none will proliferate without a significant source of water or moisture. To eliminate mold growth, the moisture source must be eradicated. Only after the moisture source has been eliminated can mold growth be effectively dealt with.
Allied consultants are trained in the investigation, sampling, and remediation of microbiological contamination through the American Conference of Industrial Hygienists (ACGIH) and Mid-Atlantic Environmental Hygiene Resource Center (MEHRC). Our inspection services include: visual inspection and testing of moisture content in building materials with protimeter (i.e. moisture meter); air sampling via non-culturable and culturable media; bulk and surface sampling; and post remediation clearance inspections.
Allied maintains an in-house fungal identification laboratory that provides timely and reliable analytical results through direct microscopic examination of non-culturable air samples, bulk samples, wipe and lift samples. These analyses include identification of genus and quantification of spore concentration.