Mold investigation with Handheld Particle Counters
The model 3887 3
-channel handheld particle counter is useful for cle
m certifications an
d spot checks, but it can also be a handy tool for mold remediation projects.
ets a little tricky, because if you're familiar with particle counters you are no doubt aware that they only count particles, they don't classify the type of particle (other then by size), so how can it be used to detect m
The answer: If you take the particle counter into an area that you suspect may have a
mold problem you can use it to 'screen' the area by taking a count for a set duration in suspect places. By comparing the counts in each area you can identify the area that has the h
ion of p
articles. This then becomes the place for the start of an in
-depth investigation. This technique can save time by pinpointing likely spots that are contaminated with mold.
The counter can also be used to spot check the performance of PHEAF filters to make sure they are containing the mold particles during the remediation process and not redistributing them back into the air.