FACTs personnel are internationally recognized as authorities in indoor mould (mold) assessments and sampling. Our Forensic Industrial Hygienist has over 25 years experience as an Industrial Hygienist - and 23 years experience working with microbial contaminants. By bringing science to bear in the indoor mould issue, we have salvaged countless real estate transactions by countering junk-science claims of “toxic mould.” Our indoor mould assessments bring the full weight of the scientific community into the project. As such, we have become international experts in the Indoor Air Quality and indoor mould issues.
FACTs was recently instrumental in defeating a junk science “toxic mould expert;” helping a client recover over $1.5 million. Our industrial Hygienist has performed Industrial Hygiene consultation for clients in New Zealand, Canada, Germany, Mexico, England and across the US from Montana to Texas and from New Jersey to California.
FACTs regularly performs indoor air quality assessments and assessments for indoor moulds. The client may be as exotic as the National Center for Atmospheric Research, or as normal as an home owner with concerns about indoor moulds.
Where warranted, we develop remediation plans, and a priori exit plans which identify the decision criteria needed to determine when the project is completed. These decision criteria are clearly delineated, along with articulable rationale prior to beginning the project.
The assessments are based on known science, and standard industry practices. As such “sampling” and testing” are not a normal part of the assessment. In general, the only consultants who routinely perform mould “testing” and “mould sampling” are consultants who otherwise have no legitimate knowledge in indoor moulds or Industrial Hygiene and use meaningless laboratory reports as a way to impress the client, and disguise their lack of knowledge. We have discussed the “mould testing” myth here, and we have also provided a scientific discussion on sampling, testing, and the drawbacks and limitations of mould "tests" here.
Our assessments present the findings in light of the state of knowledge in the scientific Industrial Hygiene and medical fields. A discussion of the State of Knowledge on indoor moulds is provided here.
Unlike the work of “certified mould inspectors” our assessments are defendable in the event of litigation, since they are based on sound science and articulable rationale. A discussion on indoor moulds is found here.
“Certified Mould Inspectors”- and other similar “certifications” are meaningless. Such certifications are not recognized in the US (except in one State). There is no recognized authority that issues “certificates” for mould inspectors, and anyone, with no training in mycology, moulds, or Industrial Hygiene can sit down at their computer and print out a piece of paper that declares them a “Certified Mould Professional” and market themselves as such. The “certification” identified by the initials “CMI,” “CMRI” and similar have not demonstrated a proficiency in mould related projects. An example of the junk science and hype of the Certified Mold Inspector is presented here.
We have performed critical reviews of work performed by CMIs and CRMIs and, without exception found the work to be technically incompetent and based on junk science; one such critical review is found here. FACTs has successfully testified in Federal court debunking the junk science associated with the testing protocals used by "certified" mould inspectors.
Where sampling is required for some rare data quality objective, FACTs has amassed one of the largest useable airborne fungal databases in the Rocky Mountain region, that is based on demonstrable quality assurance- quality controlled protocols. Our database of samples incorporates a vast array of structures, occupancy, uses, and conditions.
A typical indoor assessment for moulds, based on internationally accepted standards, typically costs between $250 and $550 depending on size and location.
Invariably, an assessment of the occurrence of moulds is a moisture assessment. Measuring the moisture content of building materials is an integral part of a mould assessment.
Visual inspections of wall cavities, ceiling plena and other restricted access areas is facilitated by the use of a wide field remote live video camera that provides an high definition live video of the inaccessible area.
Occasionally, an area is so restricted that a video feed cannot be obtained. Such restricted areas are still accessible for inspection with a narrow field boroscope.
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