Mold is an increasing concern in homes and offices — but not the only concern …
Toxic or toxigenic mold is an increasingly recognized top concern in indoor environments. It can cause numerous ailments and poison you, your family and your pets! Mold toxins are particularly worrisome when children, the elderly or persons with compromised immune systems (e.g., HIV patients, cancer patients) are in the indoor environment. Even molds not known to be toxic can trigger allergic reactions in sensitive individuals. Should you worry about mold in your home? Normally, no. If you have been diligent in maintaining your indoor environment, mold is not usually a problem. You may have a mold contamination problem if you have experienced:
- flooding or water seepage
- water leaks or condensation
- water tank leaks or bursting
- chronic or persistent dampness
- water intrusion into a crawlspace
- window leaks
Possible clues to the presence of mold…
- discolouration on walls, ceilings, carpets, wood or other surfaces
- one or more people with symptoms such as:
- sinusitis, respiratory ailments
- burning eyes or general malaise
- sick pets
- musty odours
What does a mold inspection involve?We often begin by interviewing occupants to determine if they are experiencing symptoms – symptoms which may indicate the presence of molds in the environment. An assessment of the building history. Have there been incidences of water accumulation, high humidity, flooding, or renovations? Mold spores need water to grow. Any past history of water intrusion or humidity may point to areas of concern for the investigator. After the assessment of building history, the investigator visually inspects the indoor environment for persistent dampness, indicators of mold growth and the presence of visible mold. Should any visible mold be found, you will be informed immediately. Should toxic molds, such as Stachybotrys, be found or suspected, you will be notified and a suggested course of action will be outlined. In some cases, no mold is found nor suspected. In other situations, sampling of a suspicious area may be necessary to identify a pathogenic mold species or confirm mold presence.
Keep in mind that molds are not the only contributor to poor indoor air quality.
Our inspectors can assess whether other contaminants may be of concern:
- Particulates and dust (e.g., fiberglass, skin flakes, asbestos)
- Carbon monoxide and Carbon dioxide
- Cat dander, dog dander, cockroach allergens
- Dust mites
- Other allergens
- Drug lab chemicals
We follow strict inspection and testing protocols ensuring that your indoor environment is diligently inspected and not unnecessarily disrupted. We are proud to be members if the Indoor Air Quality Association (IAQA) and have a board certified indoor environmentalist involved in every investigation — trained in the proper procedures for mold inspection and testing.
In special cases where mold is suspected of growing in an interior wall, we can perform air sampling of the inside wall without damaging the wall or performing destructive inspection. As well, we can perform carpet dust sampling to determine the presence of allergens (e.g., cat, dog, cockroach), or determine whether the carpet has been water damaged.
For those people wanting a quick indication of mold contamination, or for home purchasers or realtors who desire fast turnaround, we can perform testing which will give you prompt results. This can provide peace of mind.
To book your test or for more mold testing information, please contact us.
Phone (403) 717-4460 or (403) 606-9342.