Although the requirements for collecting and analyzing microbial samples can vary significantly from state to state, and even by municipality, Family Environmental stays up to date with all relevant regulations and has collected thousands of microbial (mold) samples. We have analyzed hundreds of these samples in our American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) affiliated laboratory which is a participant in AIHA's Environmental Laboratory Accreditation Program (EMPAT) for identifying microorganisms.
Because microbial growth is ubiquitous, indiscriminate sampling most always results in detectable concentrations of mold. Family Environmental’s approach to assessments begins with a thorough assessment of the building and building envelope before any sampling is proposed. We use our experience and powerful investigative equipment, such as infrared thermal imaging camera and direct contact moisture meters, to identify potential sources of water intrusion, the precursors to mold amplification. We consider our comprehensive approach a forensic tool to isolate areas where the building envelope has been compromised; therefore, we are likely to find the areas with highest concentrations of microbial growth. Since we own our own thermal camera, fiber optic camera and moisture sensors, we can mobilize quickly to the site and quickly determine the extent of the contamination.