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Mold Testing & Remediation

The remediation division of EHC Associates, Inc., e.h.c., has performed mold testing and remediation on thousands of projects of both commercial and residential scope since 2004. We take pride in the expertise we have attained in this field over the years and are able to offer quality work at an affordable cost to our clients. EHC Associates, Inc., located in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, performs mold removal and testing throughout Pennsylvania and surrounding states.

One of our main goals is to identify the source of moisture that has caused mold growth. Frequently mold growth is caused by humidity and not a water leak. Maintaining humidity levels in your home between 30-50% will help avoid the growth of mold. EHC offers a preliminary visual mold inspection, assessment and recommendations at no cost. Air sample collection may be recommended in conjunction with our preliminary visual inspection and assessment; however, a laboratory fee will be incurred for this service.

Mold Inspection Services in PA

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It is important to us that our clients understand the steps involved in the mold remediation procedure. We spend time educating our clients about the process and welcome any questions. We want the owner to understand why our employees are suited up in Tyvek suits, wearing respirators, carrying large machines into their buildings and building containment walls in areas that the owners will not be able to access for the duration of the project.

Our company will inform our clients of the possible factors that caused the mold to develop, how it reproduces and how it travels within a building. It is our desire that the owner knows the facts. It is documented that certain molds cause serious health problems and for that reason a protocol for removal has been deemed essential.

Please contact us to investigate your home, school or facility if you suspect a mold problem, which may include visible growth, unexplained odors or complaints of respiratory symptoms. We will investigate promptly. Our experience includes investigations and remediation in schools, libraries, multi-family apartments, factories, commercial kitchens, residences and other facilities.

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It is important to control water, moisture and humidity levels in your home or facility. The following information will provide tips on mold prevention:

  1. Keep your home air conditioned during hot months to decrease humidity level;
  2. Inspect your home for leaking pipes or water stained ceilings or walls; repair   leaks promptly and insulate any bare pipes;
  3. Vent clothes dryer and bathroom ventilation fan(s) to the exterior of the home;
  4. Use dehumidifiers in areas not air conditioned, such as the basement or mechanical areas;
  5. Use anti-microbial building materials and coatings in areas that may experience excessive moisture, such as bathrooms and basements.

Initial Inspection/ Consultation

After receiving your call, a consultation is scheduled. No cost is incurred for this meeting.

  • Our inspector meets with you to gather as much information about your problem as possible;
  • The inspector performs a visual inspection during which time all accessible areas will be checked for obvious signs of moisture or mold growth;
  • Moisture readings may be taken at the inspector’s discretion;
  • The inspector will determine if air samples should be collected;
  • The inspector will locate the areas of mold growth identified by the visual assessment on a drawing;
  • After the air samples results are received from the laboratory, EHC will provide a full report to the client;
  • If mold remediation is necessary, a proposal for the removal will also be submitted to the client;

If no visible mold is observed, but air sample results indicate high mold levels, a more invasive inspection will be performed using sophisticated instruments, such as a thermal camera or fiber optic scope in order to locate areas of hidden growth.

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Mold Remediation

After we identify a problem in your home or building during the initial inspection, a proposal is prepared for our clients which will include the following:

  • Meeting with the client;
  • Collection of background air samples if they were not collected during the initial consultation;
  • Placing a poly barrier in areas requiring access by EHC employees to prevent dirt and debris from entering Client’s home or facility;
  • EHC Inspector and Client will perform a walk-through of the area to ensure the Client understands the scope of work;
  • Inspect the work area and mitigate safety concerns or hazards prior to the start of work;
  • Install air filtration machines which are exhausted outside in order to create negative pressure in work area;
  • Pre-clean areas which require critical barriers using an anti-microbial solution and HEPA vacuums;
  • Install critical barriers over doors, HVAC systems, etc.;
  • Construct containment area around project site using 6-mil polyethylene sheeting;
  • Set-up a decontamination chamber for use by the crew at entrance to work area;
  • Smoke test decontamination unit to ensure there is adequate negative pressure;
  • Remove street clothing and suit up into disposable Tyvek suit, gloves, boots, and respirator;
  • Perform gross demolition of affected materials, i.e. drywall, carpet, ceiling tiles, etc.;
  • Double bag all materials prior to removing from home or out of the work area;
  • Soda blast or sand blast all structural wood, i.e. studs, ceiling joists, etc.;
  • Apply anti-microbial multiple times using atomizing airless sprayers;
  • HEPA vacuum all surfaces in work area and then wipe all surfaces with towels;
  • Apply clear anti-microbial paint to wood structural surfaces as necessary;
  • Allow 24 hours to pass;
  • Perform clearance testing using spore traps air samples;
  • Tear down work area after samples indicate passing results.

Guidelines and Standards

  • IICRC S 520 Professional Mold Remediation Standards
  • IICRC S 500 Professional Water Damage Restoration Standards
  • www.iicrc.org
  • New York City Guidelines
  • NYC Dept of Health
  • World Health Organization (WHO)
  • ACGIH Bio-aerosol Guideline
  • US Environmental Protection Guidelines (EPA)
  • OSHA
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