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Professional Forensic Engineering

Microbial Origin and Cause

The investigative procedure generally consists of the following:

  • Develop understanding of problem and history
  • General walk around and then focused investigation
  • Obtain information on all building materials and code requirements in area of loss (i.e., type of materials, age, type of insulation, type of HVAC system)
  • Building science and HVAC specialties
  • Document environmental conditions within structure
  • Perform moisture mapping and document fungal patterns
  • Conduct environmental sampling
  • Develop sketch of building footprint and document all evidence discovered
  • Eliminate sources of causes of fungal conditions
  • Connect the dots and arrive at Origin and Cause opinion

Preparing to enter crawlspace for inspection.
Typically a dust mask is worn instead of a full face respirator.