July 27, 2015
InstaScope: Instant results for mold testing
AmeriSpec Omaha and Lincoln introduces a highly advanced system called InstaScope to conduct mold testing and assess air quality.
What is InstaScope? InstaScope is an airborne mold testing system available only from select ServiceMaster brands. It can instantly calculate airborne mold levels and provide you with an in-room average during the time of the scan. This technology can even assist in the identification of the actual mold source.
AmeriSpec Omaha and Lincoln is one of only two early adopters of this technology in North America.
How it was created: ServiceMaster partnered with Droplet Measuring Technologies (DMT) and a team of scientists at the University of Colorado, led by Dr. Mark Hernandez. He is a registered professional engineer and an internationally recognized expert on the biological aspects of air pollution.
How it works: InstaScope detects mold using optical detection and identification technology originally developed for detecting biological aerosols. It measures the existing mold levels outside your home or building, and compares these levels to each area scanned within that property.
The internal spectrophotometer is used to inspect the particulates of air drawn into an optical cavity within the system. Each particle is then illuminated by a laser, allowing for InstaScope to detect and identify each particle as though it were under a microscope. Each particulate reflects the light; an optical “signature” is generated and analyzed. InstaScope then analyzes the spores and compares their signatures to those of common molds listed in the AIHA library. It also distinguishes between specific types of mold and common household dust or other biological materials and particulates.
The InstaScope report: Every InstaScope report is user friendly and easy to read. It lists the individual areas scanned with a color-coded status — Green, Yellow, or Red — to note potential areas of concern. Our certified indoor environmentalist will provide a comprehensive, computer-generated report of the assessment and notes for any visible mold observed.
*According to the EPA, all molds have the potential to cause health issues, including headaches, breathing difficulties, skin irritation, allergic reactions and aggravation of asthma symptoms. Beyond health concerns, mold can also cause structural damage to homes and businesses if not treated, potentially resulting in significant unexpected repairs and lower property valuations.
How it’s different: InstaScope uses cutting-edge optical detection technology and has several advantages over traditional mold detection methods.
- You’ll have your results instantly.
- Traditional air canister tests are incapable of determining a mold source; InstaScope pinpoints active mold levels in each area.
- Generally, air canister tests yields scattered results. InstaScope reads each particulate accurately and consistently.
- InstaScope technology reduces the risk of operator error & Reliance on human interpretation.
With this new InstaScope technology, we can deliver scientifically accurate, room-by-room mold results immediately. Knowing the results of your mold inspection on-site allows you to address any problems quickly.
“I’m excited to be one of the first licensed home inspection companies offering this new, optical mold detection technology for our customers,” said Tom Sutko, owner of the AmeriSpec Omaha and Lincoln franchises. “We understand the importance of adding value while reducing the risk of the inspection process. Providing real-time mold assessment will give our customers the peace of mind about the condition of their home, without the wait.”
If you’re interested in AmeriSpec’s mold testing and air quality testing, please call us at 402-393-3696 in Omaha or 402-483-2010 in Lincoln.