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INDOOR ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY INSPECTIONS

  • Mold Inspections, Testing, Clearance & Monitoring

  • Mold Remediation Protocol Reports & Oversight

  • Clearance Inspection for Building Re-Occupancy

  • Fire & Smoke Damage Assessment

  • Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) Testing

  • Allergen & Odor Assessments

  • Moisture Mapping & Thermal Imagery

  • Matterport 360 Imaging Services

  • Restoration Cleaning Efficacy Evaluations

  • ATP Testing & Monitoring

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MOLD INSPECTIONS & TESTING

 

Water damage from hurricanes, flooding, or building assembly/component failures can result in mold growth. If left untreated, mold can impact indoor air quality and cause potential harm to human health. Our team performs in-depth investigations to determine the presence of mold, either pre- or post-remediation. We also develop mold remediation protocols, oversee remediation contractor services, and provide post-remediation verification testing.

SMOKE & FIRE DAMAGE ASSESSMENT

When a fire or smoke event occurs in a home or building, the damage can be more extensive than what is visible to the naked eye. Depending on the degree of the smoke event, soot particulates can infiltrate ceiling and wall cavities, and can also impact the HVAC system. With AEI’s deep knowledge of building structures, we provide a comprehensive Fire and Smoke Damage Assessment that is an integral part of a fire or smoke loss. Through identification of soot deposits in hidden areas, AEI can help to determine the extent of both necessary and unnecessary repairs and the source of bothersome odor. Having a clear removal and cleaning plan has helped save insurance companies tens of thousands of dollars on fire and smoke losses by pinpointing the work that needs to be completed, while ruling out areas that don’t need remediation or cleaning

ALLERGEN TESTING

Allergy and asthma control begins at home. Many people with allergies stay indoors when pollen and mold is high. But dust mites, pet dander and even cockroaches can cause problems indoors. Eight out of 10 people in the United States are exposed to dust mites. Six out of 10 are exposed to cat or dog dander. Cockroaches cause allergic reactions in people who live in the inner cities or southern parts of the United States. Better air quality in your home, office, school and car can reduce allergy and asthma triggers.

Mold Remediation Protocol

A Mold Remediation Protocol is typically written when items or areas have been identified containing an unacceptable amount or type of mold and a client requires an industry recognized method of removal or cleaning instructions. Before a Mold Remediation Protocol is written, an assessment is conducted by a qualified Mold Assessor. The information that is gathered, which includes but not limited to; a site visit, client interviews, room drawings, temperature & Relative Humidity readings, cause & origin, and sampling (where applicable), are used in the report generation. Though no federal standards have been set for mold remediation, industry guidance and practices have been established. Those are: United States Environmental Protection Agency (2001). Mold Remediation in Schools and Commercial Buildings (EPA Publication No. 402-K-01-001). Washington DC: US EPA American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists (1999). Bioaerosols: Assessment and Control. ISBN: 882417-29-1 Cincinnati OH: ACGIH New York City Department of Health (2000) Guidelines on Assessment and Remediation of Fungi in Indoor Environments. New York New York: New York City Department of Health Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (2003, 2004, 2008). Standard and Reference Guide for Professional Mold Remediation. Vancouver, WA: IICRC S520 American Industrial Hygiene Association (2008). Recognition, Evaluation, and Control of Indoor Mold. Fairfax, VA: AIHA American Industrial Hygiene Association (2005). Field Guide for the Determination of Biological Contaminants in Environmental Samples. Fairfax, VA: AIHA American Council for Accredited Certification. CIE, CMI, CMR. Glendale, AZ: ACAC.

Clearance for Building Re-Occupancy

AEI offers on-site inspections for proper due diligence following a mold remediation to help you build trust with occupants returning to work. AEI evaluates building operations for mold remediation, indoor air quality (IAQ), HVAC hygiene, and janitorial efficacy. Our inspections include comprehensive reports and helpful documents such as executive summaries and certificates of inspection. We provide recommendations where appropriate, following industry guidelines and best practices from the World Health Organization (WHO), American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and others.

INDOOR AIR QUALITY TESTING

 

Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) testing determines pollutants and conditions which may be affecting a public or commercial space, and therefore any related occupants. Our teams conduct an in-depth investigation to evaluate indoor air quality and analyze the presence of contaminants, whether mold, asbestos, lead, or another hazard.

MOISTURE MAPPING & THERMAL TESTING

 

Water damage isn’t always immediately apparent. It can leak through walls, floorboards, and gaps that aren’t visible to the human eye. Our investigators are trained to identify water damage through the use of infrared cameras, thermo hygrometers, moisture meters, and moisture mapping technology. Through the use of moisture mapping and thermal imagery, we are able to provide detailed visual documentation depicting the extent of water damage.

WORKING WITH YOUR INSURANCE

 

AEI regularly works with insurance companies to provide fast, accurate, unbiased results for all of our fire and smoke damage testing services. We also offer testing for mold, lead and asbestos, which are often necessary following a fire or smoke event. Since we do not remediate, perform abatement, or provide smoke or water damage restoration services, there is no conflict of interest and you can rest assured that the test results will be honest. If you need smoke and fire testing for an insurance claim, call us at 504.442.8494. We’ll work quickly and efficiently to move your claim forward accurately.

ATP TESTING SERVICES

AEI can also perform Adenosine Triphosphate, or ATP, onsite testing to determine if disinfecting agents and procedures activities are significantly reducing surface contamination and biofilm. This rapid ATP cleaning verification is conducted onsite utilizing an Hygiena ATP Hygiene Monitoring System (SystemSURE Plus) and lab provided ATP swabs. The surface testing is performed to quantify the amount of surface biofilm utilizing Relative Light Units (RLUs) as the unit of measure. ATP collected from the tested surfaces is brought into contact with Hygiena's unique liquid-stable reagent in the testing device. Light is then emitted in direct proportion to the amount of ATP present in the sample, providing information on the level of contamination in seconds.

Matterport 360 Imaging Services

Insure with the most comprehensive pre-loss asset documentation and risk management with the digital twin that allows for more informed and accurate underwriting practices. - Reduce the initial risk of insuring a building and eliminating the need for physical reinspection. - Unbeatable documentation accuracy for higher quality assessments compared to an outsourced inspection. - Add policy and claims notes directly into the 3D model

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