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Inspection and Removal Equipment

Professional Mold Inspection and Removal Equipment

Quality equipment is essential for the success of any mold inspection or remediation project. It ensures that every mold spore gets counted and that all of the contaminated materials get cleaned thoroughly.

At Mold Busters, we use only the best mold inspection and removal equipment. Watch our video or scroll below to learn more about all of our go-to tools for mold remediation.

Mold Inspection and Removal Equipment

Air sampling pump

Air sampling pumps are used for indoor air quality testing. While there are many makes and models of air sampling pumps, they all generally do the same thing: collect samples of indoor air at various flow rates and compress it into a small cassette (Air-O-Cell® or Via-Cell®). The sample is then shipped to a laboratory for analysis. The results of this analysis identify any micro-organisms present in the sample.

Carbon dioxide metre

Carbon dioxide metres measure the amount of carbon dioxide in the air. In addition to suggesting the presence of mold, high carbon dioxide levels are also an indicator of poor ventilation and pollutant concentration.

EZ Breathe ventilation system

First, before there’s a need for either an inspection or remediation, we help you prevent mold from growing. To do this, we ensure your home is properly ventilated.

The EZ Breathe fights mold, bacteria, unpleasant odours and allergens in your home by sufficiently ventilating it, keeping the relative humidity (RH) indoors between 30 per cent and 50 per cent.

It’s hard to believe a unit with so many uses can also be energy-efficient, quiet and versatile enough to fit into virtually any room. The EZ Breathe, however, is all of the above. This is exactly the reason we recommend it to our clients and the general public, as well as use it ourselves.

At Mold Busters, we are happy to guide you through using the EZ breathe system and, if you want, install the unit for you. This video should give you a better idea of the installation process:

Preventing mold is always easier and cheaper than removing it. However, we understand doing so can be challenging.

For instance, if there’s been a flash flood, of course you’ll ensure safety before proper water damage restoration, and, unfortunately, mold can grow within just 24 to 48 hours after water intrusion. Sometimes it is simply too late for preventative measures; the mold has already grown.

Inspecting a space for mold presents its own set of challenges. Unless there actually was a flood, it’s not always apparent where or why black mold has developed in your home.

Fortunately, we have a few different tools that help us not only pinpoint the mold, but also the source of moisture that triggered its growth.

HEPA vacuums and filters

We use high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) vacuums and filters to purify the air inside commercial and residential buildings alike. Not only do HEPA vacuums and filters effectively remove mold, but they draw bacteria, fine dust particles and pollen from the air as well.

In fact, HEPA vacuums and filters are designed to capture particles in the air that are bigger than 1 micron. Therefore, we have no problem using them to trap mold spores, which are between 2 and 20 microns in size.

If you’re suffering from asthma and allergies, you may find our use of HEPA vacuums and filters to be especially beneficial, as the clean air will alleviate your symptoms and allow you to breathe easier.

Moisture metre

A moisture metre is a handheld device used for the detection of moisture hidden behind surfaces such as floors, walls and ceilings. There are two main types of moisture metres: invasive and surface.

Invasive moisture metres use probes to pierce the material being tested and measure its moisture content. Surface moisture metres do not penetrate the material; instead, they use a rapid, non-invasive method (usually radio frequency) to determine the relative moisture level below the surface of a material. While they are able to scan large areas relatively quickly, they are not as accurate as invasive moisture metres.

Particle counter

Particle counters are used to assess air quality by counting and sizing the number of particles in the air. A reading taken from a room with a mold problem typically reveals a high number of particles between 2 and 20 microns in size.

Particle counters are therefore very useful in determining the amount of pollutants inside a building and in understanding the cleanliness level in a controlled environment.

Personal protection equipment

Personal protection equipment, or safety equipment, is essential to any mold inspection or mold remediation. Every mold inspection site has the potential for danger, so it is very important for inspectors to wear protective gear such as respirators, full-body suits, gloves, goggles and hard hats.

No matter what the project is, we always wear the proper personal protection equipment. There’s always a chance we’re dealing with a hazardous material (e.g. asbestos) or toxin when we show up for an inspection or test—and this is almost always the case during remediation.

Every project we take on is different than the last, so the equipment required varies from project-to-project. We first assess the area in question and decide from there, based on professional experience and training, what to do next and what to use.

Infrared camera

Perhaps our most impressive piece of equipment, an infrared camera makes inspecting for mold more accurate, safer and faster.

Our inspectors no longer need to crawl into every corner of your home, looking for black mold or leaky pipes leading to mold.

Using an infrared camera, they simply scan the area in question and wait a few moments for the camera to produce a thermogram.

A thermogram is a display of colours representing the various heat signatures of all objects and surfaces in the camera’s view. The colour red indicates warmer temperatures, whereas blue indicates cooler temperatures.

As long as the technician behind the camera is a certified thermographer—able to interpret the results properly—he or she can pinpoint where there’s increased moisture levels/ humidity (leading to mold).

What’s more, we’ll do zero damage to your beautiful home. Because the infrared camera picks up even the most out-of-sight moisture, there’s no need to break down walls or lift floor boards to find problems.

Google Glass

Google Glass is eye wear that allows you to take still images and record video. We now use Google Glass to complete our home mold inspections, so you receive not only our full written report but the visual report as well. With Google Glass, you see what we see when we inspect your home!

You get a digital, interactive report

It’s our policy to provide you with a written report following an inspection. Every homeowner should be as informed as possible throughout any process of ours, be it an inspection, an air quality test or mold remediation.

Now, in addition to our regular written report, you get a digital and interactive report—one only you can easily access online.

A mold inspection is largely visual. It requires we look closely at areas of your home you suspect are contaminated and potentially dangerous. The following are common sights we note during a mold inspection:

  • Black spotting on the walls, ceiling, floor boards, etc.
  • Water stains on the walls, indicating water damage
  • Rotting building materials (i.e. wood)
  • Poorly sealed windows or doors, indicating moisture intrusion

That said, a digital, interactive recording of these sights, should they be present, is valuable. Access more information about your inspection and better understand our conclusions after seeing the inspection through Google Glass.

SmartThings Water Detection Kit

Find out whether there’s a leak or a flood in your home before it does extensive damage and before black mold develops.

When we remove mold from your home, we’ll install the SmartThings Water Detection hub and sensors. With this, you’ll be notified on your smartphone whenever the sensors pick up abnormally high levels of moisture indoors.

For more information about how our tools help us to fight mold across Ottawa, Montreal and area, get in touch with Mold Busters today.

Open eyes, an open nose

While our eyes and our noses are not exactly equipment, we do rely on both to completely and accurately assess an area we suspect is contaminated with mold.

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Mold Busters’ technicians draw from nearly 10 years of experience and confidently use their eyes and noses (in addition to other tools) to inspect for mold.

During visual inspections, we look for the following signs of black mold:

  • Discoloured walls
  • Water stains
  • Rotting wood/ building materials
  • Black spotting in moisture-rich areas

We also rely on our noses: if we get a whiff of a musty odour when we visit, we know there’s a good chance there’s mold.

Our technicians, with years of experience and a wealth of knowledge, are able to spot the signs of mold and recognize its odour in mere minutes, saving you time.

If you have any questions regarding our equipment or any of our services in Montreal and Ottawa, contact us.