Why Testing Your Indoor Environment Is So Important
Throughout the day or season cycle, the indoor air quality can vary significantly. it is important for every household to know how your environment is doing.
Throughout the day or season cycle, the indoor air quality can vary significantly. There are many factors that can influence air quality and it is important for every household to know what potential dangers they are exposed to. Mildew is one such example. Mould spores can easily find their way inside, either through an open window, through the AC system, or it can stick to clothes and animal fur. There is not much that can be done to prevent mould spores from entering a house or workplace, but it can be obviated from growing and posing a health hazard for those living inside.
A typical mould inspection starts with a preliminary, non-invasive visual investigation of the residence - both inside and outside. This is meant to determine if there are any favourable conditions that would facilitate mould growth. Industry-specific equipment will be used to examine certain conditions that favour mildew growth such as abnormal changes in temperature, humidity, and moisture-retention properties of the materials used during construction. Special attention will be given to both potential internal and external sources of water infiltration that may cause mould growth.
If mould will be found on the premises and the exact cause that facilitated its growth will be determined, the next step will be sampling. This action is necessary so as to ascertain its origins (inside or outside) and to see whether it can pose a health risk for those living in its vicinity.
Depending on the circumstances, there are three methods of mould sampling. Surface sampling involves a cotton swab apparatus or direct tape lift that collects mould samples from a surface and which is then taken to the lab for analysis. Bulk sampling, on the other hand, involves the direct extraction of a piece of mould and examination under the microscope. Lastly, air sampling requires a special cassette that traps air and all other airborne particles inside. This will determine the type and amount of mould present in the atmosphere.
Mould spores floating in the air can pose a serious health risk. The people most affected are those who are suffering from seasonal allergies and asthma, but depending on the type of mould, other serious medical complications may occur such as fungal infections, mould-induced hypersensitivity, or mycotoxin toxicity.
Testing for and, if need be, eliminating these spores from the atmosphere is important for every household or workspace.
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Tom Weber, Owner