What is Chronic Inflammatory Response Syndrome (CIRS)
An acute and chronic, systemic inflammatory response syndrome acquired following exposure to the interior environment of a water-damaged building with resident toxigenic organisms, including, but not limited to fungi, bacteria, actinomycetes and mycobacteria as well as inflammagens such as endotoxins, beta glucans, hemolysins, proteinases, mannans and possibly spirocyclic drimanes; as well as volatile organic compounds.
Not Sure if You Are at Risk for Mold Toxicity
According to Dr. Neil Nathan:
There are millions of people suffering from mold toxicity that don’t know it because it’s going majorly undiagnosed.
Check out the this article for more information on how to determine if you may be at risk.
For our clients who have been diagnosed with CIRS we follow a strict protocol to ensure the results of our inspection and testing give you accurate information regarding the health and condition of your property.
Our CIRS Inspection Protocol
- A detailed physical inspection of the property to determine areas of concern
- Specialized mold testing to help isolate issues and determine overall contamination
- Testing may include qPCR testing (ERMI, HERTSMI) as well as traditional sampling (Cavity Sampling, Air Sampling, Surface Sampling, and Dust Sampling)
- All samples are analyzed by our accredited laboratory partners MycoMetrics, EmLab P&K, and EMSL Analytical
- A detailed inspection report including the findings of the inspection, testing, and recommended remediation steps
- Consultation with a Project Manager to discuss the findings and recommendations
- Ongoing consultation with a Project Manager throughout the remediation process
- A detailed post remediation clearance inspection and testing to ensure that the environment has been returned to normal conditions
- Intermittent follow up testing and/or inspections to determine the general health and condition of the property
We've been in the mold inspection business for 16 years and done many thousands of inspections. Our expertise guides us and we never have a conflict of interest with regard to our findings and recommendations. We use a science-based approach and do only inspections and testing, never remediation.
Why Not Do Your Own HERTSMI Test?
As more physicians recognize Chronic Inflammatory Response Syndrome (CIRS) as a legitimate cause for illness, more patients are being properly diagnosed with CIRS. This leads to the first step in effective treatment
Where did the mold exposure occur (most often in their own home), and what can be done to limit the patient's exposure to these molds?
Some patients choose to perform a self-test of the home (usually a HERTSMI test). While the test can be useful in identifying that there is a problem in the home, it is not directive in identifying where the problem is. At this point the patient may know that they have a problem, but not where in the home the problem is and what needs to be done to properly address the issue.
By trusting Mold Inspection Sciences to collect your samples, you can be confident the samples are collected properly, and they can be incorporated into your recommendations report.
Our Professional Inspection Approach
Based on our more than 16-years of mold inspection and testing experience we can begin to isolate the problem areas beyond simply identifying that there is a mold problem. We can then direct the remediation efforts by providing a remediation protocol and, eventually, conducting post-remediation testing to verify the home has returned to a healthy condition.