Affordable Remediation specialists have access to the most advanced mold removal tools the industry has to offer, and our team of professionals is trained and certified in their use. We’ll not only answer your mold questions, but we’ll test the affected in the areas of your home or business to assess the damage and, from there, decide what we’ll need to complete the job an efficient and cost-effect fashion. Equipment such as these costs thousands of dollars. The professional and industrial grade tools offer more precision, quality and thoroughness that you simply cannot get from cheaper products out there in your typical hardware stores.
Mold testing and remediation are serious business. Being able to determine the mold threat safely and effectively in a home and eliminate it without risk to the occupants or the mold remediation specialists requires some state-of-the-art equipment.
Of course, the most important piece of equipment is our extensive knowledge, understanding of, and experience with indoor mold problems. It’s exactly this acumen that lets us make the most out of some of the following mold testing tools and removal equipment.
Some Of The Tools We Use
The tools listed below are just a few employed in performing mold remediation that can stem from leaks including a burst pipe, a flooded basement, sewage back up, or toilet overflow, or already existing mold or fungus contamination.
Instant Swab Test Kits
Instant swab test kits are used to take physical surface samples to test for mold, without having to puncture, damage, or disturb that material. A lot of the best instant swab test kits for mold use 3M Clean-Trace Surface Protein Plus swabs to accurately assess the potential for biological contamination on surfaces.
Tape Lift Test Kit
A tape lift test kit is another minimally invasive way to test a specific area for the presence of mold. Our technicians gently press the adhesive side of a piece of tape over the area in question and carefully pull it off. These tape lift samples are then sent to an accredited microbiological laboratory for testing.
Particle Scanners & Counters
These sensitive tools are used to determine the exact quality of the air by sizing and counting the exact number of particles within the air. We can use this to determine just how clean the air is in any environment. A particle scanner can be used to assess overall air quality. It does this by counting and sizing the number of particles in the air. Our technicians take one or more readings in a room with a suspected mold problem. If these readings indicate a high number of particles that are 2 to 20 microns in size, it often means that there are pollutants inside the building.
This digital camera is attached to snake style tubing. Its purpose is to see damage in areas not easily reached without compromising the structure of the building in question. The camera can “see” behind closed walls, under cabinets, in HVAC ductwork, and under stairwells, as well as other hard to get to places.
A borescope is another non-destructive minimally invasive mold testing method. It’s a snake-like device that has a small, sophisticated camera on one end and an eyepiece on the other. It’s a great tool for performing visual assessments in tight areas, where a mold colony might be hiding. Great for inspecting otherwise inaccessible areas without causing destructive damage to the structure.
Digital Moisture Meter Probe
Mold and mildew rely on water and ambient moisture to germinate and thrive in any environment. Being able to detect moisture accurately with a sophisticated tool like a moisture meter helps our technicians to narrow down areas where mold is likely to be hiding.
It’s a handheld device used for the detection of moisture in surfaces such as flooring, drywall, and ceilings. The moisture meters we use don’t penetrate the material. Rather they use a rapid, non-invasive method to assess the relative moisture level below the surface of a material. This means our moisture meters can scan large areas relatively quickly without causing any damage to your property.
The hygrometer gives us a more in depth look at the humidity in the affected structure, by showing the moisture ratio (GPP), dew point, and vapor pressure. If suitable dehumidification conditions exist or are finally achieved and maintained, this delicate tool will reveal that information.
Some believe these handheld cameras measure moisture, but they do not. They, do, however, reveal evaporative cooling temperatures by scanning large areas of a structure to detect temperature differentials of surfaces.
Infrared cameras are some of our most impressive pieces of equipment. They help to expedite the mold inspection process, while also being safer, cheaper, and more accurate than a lot of other methods. They can read temperature variants and spare our mold inspection technicians from having to crawl into every corner of your home, looking for signs of mold and moisture.
Instead, we can read a thermogram that displays colors representing the various heat signatures of all objects and surfaces within the camera’s viewable range. Red indicates warmer temperatures, while blue indicates cooler temperatures.
A High-Powered UV Flashlight
Good lighting is critical for diagnosing a wide range of mold problems as well as recognizing potential threats throughout your property. High-powered UV flashlights are great for inspecting dark places such as crawl spaces, attics, and even cold storage rooms. We use high-intensity UV lamps that are portable, easy to use and can generate 3,000 to 5,000 lumens.
This instrument measures air velocity and movement across wet materials.
A Hygrometer thermometer is a sophisticated device that’s engineered to measure both the temperature and moisture content of the air. It performs both of these tasks at the same time to calculate the relative humidity.
Warmer air tends to absorb more moisture, which means there is a direct relationship between temperature and relative humidity. The higher the relative humidity, the higher the chances of mold being present.
Our technicians use finely tuned highly hygro-thermometers in every mold inspection we perform. This gives us a better understanding of the indoor environment and determines whether conditions are favorable for mold growth.
Hygro-thermometers can also be used to measure the dew point, which is the temperature at which moisture in the air will condense and form dew. This type of condensation can often harbor mold spores giving them the moisture they need to germinate.
This meter is used to monitor negative air pressure and assure exhaust of contaminants by using a column of liquid to measure pressure.
Mold spores and fungi produce contaminants in the air. The air scrubber removes the particulates and gases caused by mold from the affected area.
Negative Air Machine (NAM)
This air filtration device works by pulling contaminated air from the affected space through a series of filters and then discharges the freshly filtered air either into the interior space of the structure or to the exterior.
HEPA, an acronym for High-Efficiency Particulate Air, is a specialized vacuum cleaner that can trap and filter a large amount of very small particles from surfaces and keeps them contained for later disposal.
Some home and business owners already have dehumidifiers, but those used by the Affordable Remediation team to remove humidity levels in the air are commercial grade. In other words, they are the strongest available for the job.
Air movers are fans, but as with the dehumidifiers mentioned above, they are industrial grade and work to create pressure differentials needed to help turn water into vapor for easier removal.
Air Sampling Pump
An air sampling pump might need to be used to test your indoor air for the presence of pollutants such as asbestos, mold, and other types of fungi. It non-invasively collects samples of indoor air at various flow rates and then compresses it into a small cassette containing Air-O-Cell® or Via-Cell®. The sample is immediately shipped to a laboratory for detailed analysis to determine the presence of microorganisms such as mold spores.
Additional Water Extraction Equipment
Directly applied pumps, truck mounted hoses, and specialized mats that remove water from plaster, hardwood floors, ceramic, and porcelain tiles are used to rid your home of standing water and moisture.
Hydroxyl And Ozone Generators
Hydroxyl and ozone remove odors, kill germs, and clean the air. Hydroxyl is safe to use in inhabited areas; however ozone is not—no humans or animals should be present when in use.
Finally, plastic containment barriers and specialized suits are also used in mold remediation, not only to keep our team safe during mold removal but to keep the clean areas of your home or business mold-free.
These are just a few of the many tools we use to detect and remove mold from your home or business. If you have any concerns about the list above or need information on equipment we haven’t mentioned, our trained operators are available to answer your questions 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Personal Protective Equipment
PPEs are critical safety equipment, that keeps our mold remediation specialists safe in every mold inspection and mold remediation. Especially if our technicians might unexpectedly uncover a hazardous material like asbestos, black mold, or even dead animal remains. This typically calls for respirators, full-body suits, gloves, goggles, and sometimes even hard hats.
We also use special equipment and seals to help block off mold-affected parts of your home from the rest of your living areas. This ensures that if a mold colony is accidentally disturbed, excess spores won’t be able to transition into other mold-free areas of your home.
After testing and remediating the presence of mold in your home or office, our technicians will provide you with all the necessary documentation of what was done and how. We will also dispose of all mold-infested materials in accordance with all pertinent regulations.
We might also recommend things you can do to prevent mold problems in the future. This might include the strategic use of dehumidifiers, ways to improve airflow in vulnerable spaces, and making any necessary repairs