MOLD AND INDOOR AIR QUALITY TESTING
ERMI (Environmental Relative Moldiness Index)
The most recommended mold test for their patients, by environmental doctors, is the ERMI (Environmental Relative Moldiness Index). This test, originally developed by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), examines the DNA mold proteins in a dust sample from the building being inspected. Using DNA analysis, the sample is tested for the genetic presence of 36 different mold species. The ERMI report provides a score that compares the building in question to a variety of 1,000 other U.S. buildings, with regards to the likelihood that it may cause harm to its occupants. Although many experts believe that the ERMI does a generally good job in identifying unhealthy buildings that are harming people, it is not considered a perfect test and is still classified by the EPA as a research tool. The ERMI is a moderately priced test, costing around $400 depending on the laboratory used.
As experienced inspection professionals, we have seen over 7,000 buildings and can pinpoint where mold, moisture and indoor air quality problems are likely to be hiding. This type of comprehensive inspection is considered more reliable than mold or indoor air quality testing only. During the comprehensive inspection, the investigator looks for malodors, moisture damage, visible mold, historical moisture damage, water staining, building air flow patterns and elevated moisture conditions. As part of our inspection, we provide a detailed written scope of work for the client’s use to promptly and safely resolve the indoor air quality problem.