The mold testing and remediation that we do is similar to the asbestos testing and remediation work that we do. We don’t go into many buildings that are what we would say “contaminated” with mold. We’ve had a few projects, we had one school system several years ago that actually decided to shampoo their own carpets in the middle of the summertime in a building that they then closed up until the opening of school. When they went back about a week before school to open it up and put all the furniture back in place, they had a bumper crop of mushrooms growing in the entire school. So they actually had to delay the opening of school, the kids went to school some other place for about three weeks while they tore up all the carpeting, decontaminating the building and putting fresh carpet down before they allowed the children to come back into the school.
We’ve had some specific water incidents where there’s either been a pipe that has burst or a flood that that’s gotten into a building where we had to go in and remediate and take the walls up two or three feet off the floor, decontaminate the entire building, remove carpeting, etc. We provide oversight work during all those types of events were we are there to not only do testing and documentation to prove that there is no more residual mold, but also to give them guidance and advice as to how to do this.
Probably one of the more complex jobs we did like this, we had a hospital that actually blew a sprinkler line on the eighth floor of a building, and the water came down through all of those eight floors. It impacted laboratories, operating suites, and patient rooms, and needless to say they couldn’t have that part of the hospital not operating, so it was almost a 24/7 operation. We went through from the top to the bottom to remediate all of the damage that had been done. They also had us do mold testing before they would go into a room, and then during the time that they were doing the remediation work, and then also do samples at the end of it to document that the levels of mold were acceptable to the same levels of mold that we were finding in outside air.
These are just some of the mold situations we’ve seen, but we don’t often see buildings that have wall-to-wall mold the way it’s perpetrated in the news. Sometimes we trip over those, every once in a while, but even if you have part of a building where there’s a humidification system that’s gone amok and you can see visible mold on the walls, we’re able to work with you to help you solve those kinds of problems.