During our inspection, we discovered several areas of concern. The inspector found mold under four of the client’s sinks, numerous areas with water-damaged building materials, and the dryer vent was not connected to the dryer or vented to the exterior of the home. This meant that the warm, damp air was trapped, creating an ideal atmosphere for microbial growth.
As part of our comprehensive sampling strategy, and due to the client’s mold sensitivity, we also performed specialized qPCR sampling. qPCR is a type of testing that targets the DNA of mold spores, or parts of spores, taking a deeper look at which specific species of mold are present. This qPCR analysis traces 36 different mold species to reveal their presence and concentration levels in a home. The testing results, known as an ERMI score (short for Environmental Relevant Moldiness Index), is one more tool in a comprehensive investigation. qPCR testing is also vital for individuals who suffer from CIRS (Chronic Inflammatory Response Syndrome) or other related mold-sensitive conditions and who may be working with a doctor for specific treatment plans.
At Mold Inspection Sciences, we’ve compiled our database based on thousands of investigations conducted over 20 years. This allows us to give clients detailed results and the next steps for solving an issue when contamination due to mold is discovered. qPCR data and individual mold types are invaluable data for a comprehensive investigation. They provide necessary data points that give a complete picture of a property’s condition, level of contamination, and steps needed to correct any issues to return the property to a healthy state, ultimately providing peace of mind.
With the results from our investigation and comprehensive sampling strategy, we developed a specialized remediation protocol for the client’s third-party remediation company and scheduled a post-clearance inspection. Ultimately the client’s property was returned to normal conditions, and we conducted a post-remediation clearance inspection and testing to validate the indoor air quality – which was normal and healthy.