Protecting You At Home
Protecting You At Work
A professional assessment can protect you and your family from potential hazardous substances in your living space at home, your staff at the office or students at their school. Handling mold without the proper equipment and experience can be very hazardous to your health! The potential to take a relatively small fungal contamination issue and cross contaminate other areas of your home or office is also a concern.
Numerous considerations must be taken into account before proceeding with mold remediation. Surface cleaners such as bleach or ammonia will actually release mold spores into the air creating greater contamination and adding to the problem.
Mold is a normal part of our environment. When NCET performs air tests we are essentially just comparing the outdoor level of mold to what is indoors within your home, office, or school. The levels of the mold spores as well the species which are found outside of structure we are testing should mirror what is found indoors within that structure. If an indoor sample is imbalanced with the outdoor sample this is great evidence that indoor fungal contamination exists. If done correctly, the air samples are incredibly accurate and have proven to detect indoor fungal contamination time and time again over the years.
Here are the main reasons to test:
1. To identify Type of Mold/Mold Species
It is important to know what you have been or what you are being exposed to. Some mold species produce mycotoxins that are associated with a litany of health effects. Molds that produce allergens are the most common and allergy symptoms are a direct result. (e.g. Penicilium Aspergillus)
Over 100 species of mold fungi are known to cause infection in humans. Many spores are recognized as toxic and are highly disease causing. Severe health complications can result from exposure to these kinds of spores. (e.g. Stachybotrys)
2. To Determine Spore Count Levels of Mold Species
Spore counts detect the degree of active mold growth by indicating the quantity and concentration of mold spores in a specific area or location. High spore count levels are indicators of active mold growth which can be directly correlated to health problems and physical property damage.
3. To Determine Containment Areas and Appropriate Remediation
Lab reports that indicate high levels of spores are almost always coupled with areas of moisture or water intrusion that can be isolated to areas of containment.
If the laboratory data indicates fungal contamination is present this information is crucial in developing a scope of work/protocol. The reality is that many mold issues are hidden in crawlspaces, wall and ceiling cavities, behind kitchen and bathroom cabinet's, behind shower and bath tub's, absent the laboratory data it would be impossible to determine how widespread the fungal contamination is. One would literally need to cut inspection holes throughout the walls and ceilings in their home, pull up all of their flooring, and tear out their cabinet's to determine even close to the same information that can be discovered by a simple indoor air sample.
If professional remediation is recommended the recommendations vary depending on the extent of the contamination. They may include negative air and air scrubbing inside and outside of the contained areas, HEPA sanding and vacuuming of surfaces, cleaning and covering household items and furnishings, treatment with approved mold remediation chemicals. and the removal of contaminated materials such as drywall, flooring, insulation, etc.
The bottom line is that it is important to either rule out a mold issue or to receive expert advice in the appropriate handling of the issue.