Mold Inspection and Testing
Testing for Mold in Your Home
Microorganisms are a normal and essential component of all environments. Bacteria and fungi are needed to break down complex molecules found in organic matter. If provided with water and a food source, they will colonize almost any area on Earth. Microorganisms and their reproductive structures are almost always found in outdoor air. Their types and populations will vary depending on local environmental conditions doors, windows, and fresh air intakes provide easy access for microorganisms to enter the interiors of buildings. Mold can have an impact on the air quality in your home. At Air Care & Restoration, we provide mold inspection and mold testing to detect any harmful bacteria.
It is normal to find some quantity of microorganisms in indoor air. In a normal indoor environment, their numbers should be significantly less than outdoor levels. Excessive moisture inside a building from leaks, floods, or other sources can create an "out-of-balance" environment that will tend to amplify their population. Black Mold is a common toxic hazard in areas of flooding and elevated moisture levels. Depending on the amount of water, temperature, lighting, and food available, differing species may become dominant. In consequence, the presence of some microorganisms in large quantities may lead to adverse health effects involving building occupants.
Toxic Mold Symptoms
Adverse health effects in affected individuals can include both illnesses and allergic responses. Symptoms may range from a headache, malaise, and muscle pain to shortness of breath and fever. These effects may be the result of contact with the microbes or spores themselves. We provide mold inspection and testing to provide early detection of the airborne toxins that they may excrete so the mold can be removed.
Bioaerosol testing (for live and dead mold spores), surface sampling, and bulk sampling procedures are used to identify and quantify the fungi by genera (family) and species and also quantify the indoor airborne content level to the outdoor levels. These results are also compared to known and commonly cited IAQ guidelines provided by the following organizations:
- ACGIH (American Council of Government Industrial Hygienists)
- AIHA (American Industrial Hygienists Association)
- HBA (Healthy Buildings International)
- WHO (World Health Organization)
- IESO (Indoor Environmental Standards Organization)
- IAQAO1-200 (Indoor Air Quality Alliance)
- OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Association)
We Provide Certified Lab Results in Three to Seven Days
We submit all testing samples to a certified microbial lab that has been fully accredited and conforms to the ISO 17025 Standard.
We hold these certified lab reports in strictest confidence.
Our team performs an interpretation of these results and compares the results to the cited organizational guidelines.
Mold or Bacterial Testing Interpretation
If you have already had an IAQ microbial test performed (mold, bacteria or fungi), our CMC (Certified Microbial Consultant) will provide an interpretation of these results.
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