Indoor Air Quality Testing
If you suspect mold has formed in your house, office or any structure, you’ll want to contact MoldPro Inc. for an inspection, tests and analysis.
Because prolonged exposure to mold can cause serious health problems. Those health risks rise for people whose immune system is already weakened by, among other things, allergies, asthma, chronic bronchitis and emphysema. In fact, several molds have been linked to cancer and are, therefore, designated by Health Canada as ‘Hazardous Air Pollutants’.
Health Canada’s website on mold and healthy living (www.hc-sc.gc.ca) states emphatically that “there are a number of factors that can lead to unhealthy air in your home or workplace, including lack of ventilation, too much humidity, and water infiltration or leakage, among others. Poor indoor air quality can cause a number of health problems such as breathing difficulties and allergies”.
Mold Testing – One, Two, Three
At MoldPro Inc. we’ve found that in most cases, you can spot mold with the naked eye and usually smell it, as well.
The mold was likely created by spores, which are everywhere outdoors and are carried into buildings by wind or by foot traffic. Spores are tiny microscopic seeds that originate from mold, float through the air and are invisible to the naked eye. When they land, they reform into mold.
But there can also be natural sources of mold spores in and around your home – from potted plants (moist soil) to cheese (which is moist). Moisture is the key word. If you watch and control indoor moisture, you can usually avoid mold.
That’s why MoldPro Inc. tests the air inside AND outside. The reason for the outdoor sample is because, believe it or not, there are always mold spores in the air. The outdoor sample will give us a baseline measurement, which is the normal amount of mold in your area versus the spore count in your structure.
When mold is discovered, we collect samples and send it to our lab. Sample collection is safe and environmentally friendly. Once the samples reach the lab, analysis usually takes no more than two business days.
Your MoldPro Inc. report will describe the source of the mold, the level of growth and recommendations for removal. If we find high levels of air contaminants, we’ll sit down with you and make a plan to get rid of it.
When you hire MoldPro Inc., this is what you get.
- Experienced Mold busters: we know where to look and where to test
- Expert mold removers
- Follow-up testing
- Our company guarantee
As we’ve mentioned, moisture is the key to mold. So to combat it, be aware of excess moisture and take steps to ‘get dry’.
With that in mind, here’s the MoldPro Inc. mold prevention check list
- Monitor indoor humidity and keep it below 60%
- Fix leaky pipes
- Vent bathrooms
- Use dehumidifiers and exhaust fans
- Spot condensation and take steps to eliminate it
- Insulate! Because insulation reduces condensation
The MoldPro Inc. mantra –
‘managing moisture will manage mold growth.’
It is very important to make your home airtight from the outside by closing all windows and doors for a minimum of 48 hours prior to the IAQ test.
Why are mold spore tests done both indoors and outdoors?
Mold spores are everywhere outdoors and are being swept by winds into locations where there may not be any mold growth. These spores can be brought into the home through the air and by foot traffic. If an outdoor test is not performed, the home may be incorrectly assessed as having a mold problem.
Should I test for mold?
There are two reasons why you might want to test for mold. One reason is to see what levels of mold are in the air inside your home. The other reason is to identify the type of mold you have present.
There is always some level of airborne mold present outdoors. Therefore, it is necessary to collect an outdoor sample at the same time you collect an indoor sample to provide a comparison. The outdoor sample provides a baseline measurement for the amount of mold that is normal for your area. A mold spore count of your indoor air without the corresponding outdoor mold spore count is meaningless.
If you have mold in your home and want to know what kind of mold it is, you must conduct the sampling. Sample collection methods include instant mold swabs, bulk sampling and the “tape lift” or “sticky tape” method. Note that you should never attempt to conduct mold sampling yourself without taking the appropriate measure to protect yourself from the mold.
How long will it take to receive my analysis report?
Once the sample is received by the lab, it will be analyzed within 2 business days.
When I receive my report will other information or support be provided?
In addition to the analysis report describing the levels of actively growing mold in the home, you will receive a report that lists the predicted sources of air contaminants and suggestions for removal from the home. If extremely high levels of air contaminants are found, we will address your concerns and help you determine the next steps in improving your indoor air quality.
Do I have to worry about chemical exposure while collecting the sample?
The sampling tube is a solid material that emits no chemicals while being utilized. In fact, the entire methodology from sampling to analysis has been developed as a “Green” Method.
What are my risks if I don’t test my home?
What you don’t know about the air in your home could hurt you and your family. Many of the things we are exposed to every day in our homes, including products and materials we use on a routine basis are considered harmful chemicals. In addition, many areas of the home have problems with humidity, and mold is often found actively growing in homes, silently causing more health concerns. There are serious health risks with repeated and prolonged exposure to mold. These risks are elevated for individuals already suffering from immune compromised individuals with chronic respiratory illnesses such as asthma, allergies, chronic bronchitis and emphysema. Some molds are considered Hazardous Air Pollutants and have been linked to cancer.
Our homes are supposed to be our safe-havens – not places where we are put at risk.
With such a comprehensive, inexpensive test available, why wouldn’t you want to give yourself peace of mind that you’re doing everything you can to protect the well-being of the ones you love most?
What are mold spores?
Basically, they are tiny microscopic seeds and invisible to the naked eye, that spawns from molds and float through outdoor and indoor air. When they land in an appropriate environment, they will grow into new mold.
Can I have mold spores in my home and not have any mold growth?
Yes, mold spores travel through the air and by foot traffic and can make it into the home via the outdoor air and grounds. Although these spores are in the home and can end up on many surfaces, they do not grow and damage surfaces unless they have nutrients and a moisture source.
Why You Should Have a Moldpro Test Your Home for Mold
- Our mold testers are trained to know where to find mold and how to properly conduct the test to get an accurate reading.
- We will help you find mold that you may not have seen by thoroughly inspecting your property.
- We will write a mold removal protocol with safety precautions. This is very important because if the mold is not removed properly, it will grow back and spread to other areas of your home. If the proper precautions are not taken, other areas of your home can be contaminated during the removal process.
- We will be able to evaluate the report and tell you which molds are toxic, and what levels are expected.
- We will come back after the mold has been removed and test the mold levels again. We guarantee the removal job and promise it has been done properly and thoroughly.
- We will give you tips and advice so that even if you decide to do the job yourself, you will know exactly what to do and what to expect.
Are there natural sources of mold spores in my home?
Potentially, yes. Potted plants have mold spores and active mold growth in the soil. Potting soils generally have plenty of nutrients and water that can produce mold growth which in turn can produce mold spores. Mold spores are also produced by some food products such as blue cheese. Molds can be found almost anywhere; they can grow on virtually any organic substance, as long as moisture and oxygen are present. There are molds that can grow on wood, paper, carpet, foods, and insulation. When excessive moisture accumulates in buildings or on building materials, mold growth will often occur, particularly if the moisture problem remains undiscovered or unaddressed. It is impossible to eliminate all molds and mold spores in the indoor environment. However, mold growth can be controlled indoors by controlling moisture indoors.
What’s all the fuss?
If you watch the news or read the newspaper, you have probably seen articles dealing with mold and/or toxic mold. Mold issues are nothing new as mold has been around for centuries. What are new are the problems and health related affects associated mold that have garnered the public’s attention. Mold jumped back into the public’s eye in 1998.
Whether or not you have a home infected with mold or have health effects related to mold, you are impacted by all of these mold-related problems. To combat the rising number of claims, insurance companies are deleting home owner’s and health insurance premiums.