Mould contamination can be present wherever water intrusion and high humidity levels occur, such areas include leaking basement foundations, attic spaces including sheeting and trusses, behind tubs, shower areas, kitchens and laundry areas. Attic spaces can be especially vunerable to mould contamination, poorly vented exhaust fans and damaged shingles are common causes of moisture intrusion and can contribute to mould growth. Moulds are ubiquitous in nature, mould spores are a common component of household and workplace dust. However, when mould spores are present in large quantities, they can present a health risk to humans and pets, potentially causing allergic reactions and respiratory problems.
Mould Fact: A thorough inspection based on building science is more helpful than testing the air. An air sample test does not pinpoint sources of moisture, tell you why you have a mould issue or suggest ways to fix it. A trained investigator determines causes, suggests ways to remediate and repair problems and provides you with a written report that includes recommendations. There may be some situations where mould testing is necessary, for instance, you are involved in litigation, someone in the household may be feeling sick due to mould related issues or your family physician has asked for mould sampling to rule out symptoms. In certain instances, the mould cannot be seen visually on surfaces, but rather hidden behind walls or in concealed spaces. The information that sampling will provide may be essential in making important decisions in regards to the purchase of a property.
Common Moulds: Acremonium, Aspergillus, Cladosporium, Fusarium, Mucor, Penicillium Type, Rhizopus, Stachybotrys and Trichoderma
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