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Mold Detection Services, Inc. of South Florida, will inspect or test for mold in homes, apartments, workplaces, commercial properties, boats, and anywhere else mold grows. Indoor Air Quality, Bulk, Swab, Bio Tape and Environmental Sample results are generated with in 24 - 48 hours. 

A certified Mold Inspector and Indoor Environmentalist, utilizing the best equipment available in the industry (Infrared Cameras, Laser Particle Counters, Etc.), will carry out every inspection. We use only digital calibrated, custom made indoor air quality testing pumps to insure you receive only accurate results. Consequently, our clients will receive the highest quality service.

Our Inspection Services include a thorough inspection (utilizing Infrared Thermal Imaging, Laser Particle Counts, Visual Observations) and follow-up testing (air samples, bulk, swabs and glass slides), accompanied by an extensive report. In addition, we will be working with a nationally accredited laboratory, dedicated to the production of accurate data, via high-quality equipment, and staffed with professionals specialized in this field.

We will not be involved in the remediation of any mold problems, since this would be a CONFLICT OF INTEREST. We do offer Certified Mold Consulting Services to help you through the remediation process and to protect your interests. We offer Post Remediation Inspections and Clearance Testing Services to confirm the mold problem has been eliminated.

 

  What Is Mold?

Commonly called mildew, molds
(sometimes referred to as "black mold") are a
subset of fungi that produce fluffy or powdery
growth on surfaces. Molds grow on any porous
and semi-porous surface, which include but are not limited to: concrete, wallpaper, metal, cloth, carpet, leather, wood, sheetrock, and insulation
(including growth on human foods) when moist conditions exist.


Molds reproduce by making spores that usually cannot be seen without magnification.

Mold spores flow through indoor and outdoor air continually. When mold spores land on a damp spot indoors, they may begin growing and digesting whatever they are growing on in order to survive. Molds gradually destroy the things they grow on.

Molds usually grow in damp places, behind walls, under floors, above ceiling tiles, and behind shower walls. Water is the key -- without it, molds cannot grow, much less spread. When water is left to sit for even 24 hours, mold infestation begins. If water continues to sit and areas become completely saturated, the ideal environment is created for toxic molds to grow, such as Stachybotrys.

What Causes Mold?

Molds may grow at high levels indoors in a home or building, if the right environmental conditions exist. Factors that influence mold growth include: moisture sources, improperly ventilated bathrooms, high humidity levels,
broken pipes and washing machine hoses, floods, leaking roofs, leaking
exterior siding products, and leaking windows and doors.


  After a complete and thorough inspection and testing, we provide each client with a detailed report.

The Final Report contains the following:
1. Observations made on the day/time of the inspection:


  • Certified Mold Inspector Visual Observations
  • Humidity Readings
  • Temperature Readings
  • Moisture Readings
  • Laser Particle Counter Readings
  • Certified MoldDog Alerts
  • Boroscope Observations (if necessary)
  • Infrared Thermal Imaging Camera Scan & Pictures

2. Detailed test results
  • Identify the type of mold/spore present
  • Count the number of spores in the air
  • Describe the mold and any possible health effects
  • Assess whether an unusual mold condition exists

3. Digital photos of visible mold

4. Infrared Thermal Imaging Camera Pictures


 
  • Air Sampling

    Air samples test for viable (living) mold. Testing for viable mold is done by placing the sample onto agar culture medium that supports the growth of the organism(s) in question and allows identification of the species and level of contamination. When colonization occurs one mold has overtaken your entire home. Colonization is the formation of compact population groups of the same type of mold species.

    Air samples also test for nonviable (dead) mold. Testing for nonviable mold is done by microscopic examination of the sample to identify fungal and non-fungal particles that may be allergenic to individuals.

  • Bulk Sampling

    Bulk samples include, but are not limited to, chunks of carpet, insulation, and wallboards. Bulk samples are collected from visibly moldy surfaces by scraping or cutting materials with a clean tool and placing the sample into a petri dish for testing.

  • Surface Sampling

    Surface samples are collected by wiping a measured area with a sterile swab or by lifting a sample with bio tape. The surface sample is cultured and then placed into a petri dish. After allowing 3 - 7 days for the samples to show visible fungal growth, the petri dish is inspected by a lab technician under a microscope so that the fungi can be removed and identified by species.



 

Mold Remediation & Environmental Consultants
Indoor Air Quality & Post Clearance Tests

Mold Detection Services, Inc.

South Florida's Mold Company

We are mold remediation consultants that will monitor the remediation process from start to finish. We start with a full inspection to pinpoint all of the problem areas, monitor the remediation process and then perform post remediation clearance inspection and testing.

  • Certified Visual Inspections

    Infrared Thermal Imaging Camera Scans

    Protimeter Readings for Moisture

    ARTI Laser Particle Readings

    Fiber Optic Boroscope Exams

    Hygrometer Readings- Temperatures and Humidity Levels

    Certified Mold Dog Alerts

    Digital Photographs

We offer Post Remediation Testing and Clearance Samples.
Before you pay your remediation company and release them from the job, make sure you have us perform a proper post remediation inspection and testing.

We have NO ethical conflicts of Interest.
Let us protect you! We will make sure your Indoor Air Quality and Environment is healthy.


 

Mold And The Law

Hotel Shutdown Calls Attention To Mold In Hawaii

Toxic Mold Blamed for Health Problems

Mold Problem Refuses To Clean Up

Workers in California Sue Agency Landlord, Allege Poor Indoor Air Quality Caused Mold

Mold Getting a Costly Hold on Homes

Mold Becomes Toxic Issue to Homeowners, Insurers

The Turmoil Over Mold in Buildings

Toxic Intruder: Black Mold Panic Has Families Fleeing Their Homes

Developer Faces Mold Suit

Grand Jury Critical of Mold Cleanup Efforts

Legal fight over mold responsibility spreads


Mold Found In Girl's Lungs



 

US EPA website - Does mold trigger asthma episodes, allergies?

A Brief Guide to Mold, Moisture, and Your Home

State of the Science on Molds and Human Health

Stachybotrys chartarum (atra) a mold that may be found in water-damaged homes

Molds, Toxic Molds, and Indoor Air Quality

Toxic Effects of Indoor Molds

Fungal Gallery
Mold Pictures and Descriptions

Will Your Home Insurance Cover Mold Damage

Boise Area Housing Developer Target of Class-Action Lawsuit Over Defects,
Flooding


The Science of Mold

Insurance Claim Tips For Mold Damage

Dr. Fungus

Homeowners Insurance Jumps

Indoor Air - Mold Resources Mold: Questions and Answers on Stachybotrys chartarum and other molds | CDC APRHB

Occupational Safety and Health Administration - OSHA HOME PAGE OSHA

Occupational Safety and Health Administration - US Department of Labor

Beyondpesticides.org "When Mold Attacks" by Meghan Taylor

Insurance Information institute, "Mold and the Insurance Industry"

Health and Energy. com, "Mold Insurance and Litigation"

Environmental Risk Resources Association, "Mold Insurance Resource"

United Policy Holders .org, "Insurance Claim Tips for Mold Damage"

Florida Insurance Council, "Hurricane Central"

National Asssociation of Mold Professionals

EPA Mold Info

MOLD-HELP. org

Center for Disease Control- National Center for Environmental Health

CDC on Specific Types of Molds

California Department of Health Services on Mold

NYC Department of Health

Mr. Mold Toxic Resource Center

Indoor Air Quality Guide

Understanding pollen and mold counts

Certified Mold Inspector and Certified Mold Remediator Directory

Do you have black sooty material on your roof, trees, shrubs, or other outdoor property?

Miami-Dade County Air Quality

Frequently Asked Questions About Mold


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  MDS vs. Other Inspection Companies?

Service: Most companies only offer visual inspections. Essentially, these companies are on a wild goose chase unless all mold is totally visible, which is almost never the case. MDS offers temperature and humidity readings plus Laser Particle Counters are used on all inspections (high-tech equipment to get on the spot mold spore counts as well as general air quality from room to room). Also, we have Mold Dogs for pinpointing mold problems and finding hidden mold. In addition, we also use fiber optics if needed. All of this equipment is utilized before we even discuss spending more money on a sample/test. This information is all well-documented in a highly detailed report, accompanied by pictures.

Focus: Most companies offer mold sampling services as part of their general inspection (ie. A/C, plumbing, roof, electrical). MDS, on the other hand, only focuses on mold. Throughout the inspection, however, the inspectors do check the A/C system, pipe connections, pipes under sinks, behind washing machines and toilets, etc... for suspicious areas related to potential mold problems. And, of course, we inspect the HVAC (AC SYSTEM) and check the coils and vents.

Remediation: Many companies offer to fix the problems after they find it. MDS, however, will not fix any of the problems since that is a conflict of interest.

Training/Certifications: Unlike most companies, our inspectors are all trained and certified to perform mold inspections.

  Inspection
  What is a mold inspection
  A visual inspection is an important initial step in identifying a possible mold contamination problem. Not only does our inspector use a variety of
high-quality equipment to detect mold, but also utilizes our MoldDog™ in order to find what the inspector's eyes can't see since mold can't hide from
a MoldDog's™ nose. Certified MoldDogs™ pinpoint areas where mold exists.

In addition to a MoldDog™, our inspectors use laser pointed hygrometers (detects humidity levels and accurate temperature readings), boroscopes (fiber optics), protimiters (moisture meter), and laser particle counters (instant airborne particle count). Infrared Thermal Imaging Cameras are the latest specialized equipment used by our inspectors. These all help detect hidden mold behind the walls, ceilings and floors to determine the areas of potential mold growth and continuing moisture penetration.

The ARTI Laser Particle Counter™ is used to assess indoor air quality and cleanliness of rooms. The handheld device monitors environments to test for airborne particles. This device will help track down particle source problems. Its intelligent design and overall utility is invaluable in mold detection and making workplace environments safer and healthier.

ARTI Laser Particle Counter™ - used for air sampling


  Health and Mold

Molds can cause a wide variety of adverse responses in people depending
on the type and quantity present. However, these are not the only factors when considering the health effects of mold exposure. Since human responses can be highly individualistic, the sensitivity of the person exposed is also an important consideration. For example, infants and young children, the immune-compromised, and the elderly are at an increased risk for experiencing adverse health effects related to mold exposure.

There are many methods of exposure to molds including dermal contact, ingestion, and inhalation. The health risks associated with mold exposure include, but are not limited to:

  • Infections

  • Inflammation associated with volatile organic compounds

  • Allergic reaction

Infections

Infections can be caused by molds found in indoor air. At extreme levels, hypersensitive pneumonitis may develop.

Individuals with compromised immune systems or aggravated health conditions can be especially susceptible to invasive mold infections.


Allergic Reactions
  Allergic reactions may be the most common health problem of mold exposure. Typical symptoms reported (alone or in combination) include:
  • Respiratory problems, such as wheezing, and difficulty in breathing
  • Nasal and sinus congestion
  • Eyes-burning, watery, reddened, blurry vision, light sensitivity
  • Dry, hacking cough
  • Sore throat
  • Nose and throat irritation
  • Shortness of breath
  • Skin irritation
  • Central nervous system problems
  • Constant headaches
  • Memory problems
  • Mood changes
  • Aches and pains
  • Possible fever



Ultra-compact, lightweight infrared camera for building inspections. The ThermaCam® B2 infrared camera offers a non-invasive means of monitoring and diagnosing the condition of buildings - providing immediate high-resolution thermal imagery, revealing potential structural and moisture issues, energy efficiency and even rodent or pest discovery.

Infrared thermography cameras produce images of invisible infrared or "heat" radiation and provide precise non-contact temperature measurement capabilities.

Unlike visible light, in the infrared world, everything with a temperature above absolute zero emits heat. Even very cold objects, like ice cubes, emit infrared. The higher the object's temperature, the greater the IR radiation emitted. Infrared allows us to see what our eyes cannot.



ThermaCAM® B2 Infrared Camera

Automatic Dew Point Identification Alarm
Identifies potential condensation areas where mold might occur with visible and audible alarm options. The dew point is calculated in real time as a function of air temperature and relative humidity in the room and indicates potential surfaces in the room on which condensation will occur.

Find Problems Fast
Monitor and diagnose the condition of buildings quickly and view crisp thermal images on the bright 2.5" color LCD. Highlight and analyze problms, store images and document results.


Pinpoint Problems With Precision
The built-in Laser LocatIR™ quickly helps you associate the hot spot on the IR image with the real physical target. This feature greatly enhances the ability to target inconsistencies.

Fast Detection For Fast Action
Instantly image entire rooms, inspect places that can't be physically reached with moisture meters, reveal wet conditions behind surfaces such as enameled walls and wallpaper that don't readily water stain, track leaks to their source, monitor the drying process, and confirm when a structure is dry.


 

Cleaning Mildew
First, remove loose mold from outer coverings of upholstered articles, mattresses, rugs, and carpets by brushing with a broom.

Effects of Mildew and Mold
Mycotoxins may cause a variety of short-term as well as long-term adverse health effects. This ranges from immediate toxic response and immune-suppression to the potential long-term carcinogenic effect.

Mildew Removal
Remove mildew spots as soon as you discover them. Brush off surface growth outdoors to prevent scattering the spores in the house. Sun and air fabrics thoroughly.

Boca Raton Mold Inspection
A MoldDog represents the newest tool for consumers in America to detect and more importantly, pinpoint mold in structures, thus lowering remediation costs.

Indoor Air Quality Guide
The Florida Department of Health has developed this brochure to address some of the most common questions and concerns about indoor mold, how it affects human health, and ways in which you can prevent or remove it.

PRO-LAB® Fungal Glossary

Tootsie and Snickers on the Trail of Mold.

The Silent Enemy- Boca News

Firm responds to growing need for mold detection- Sun Sentinel

Boca Raton Observer
Everything you wanted to know about Mold, but were afraid to ask

A Thermal Image is Worth A Thousand Words, Mold Detection Services Does It Again

Managing Mold in Your Florida Home: A Consumer Guide



 

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