It has become crucial to pay attention to IAQ (Indoor Air Quality). Statistics indicate that Canadian residents spend approximately 90% of their time indoors, increasing exposure to wide array of indoor air pollutants.
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Since there has been so much media hype surrounding mold, prospective home buyers want a home that has been mold inspected. Mold sampling has become a standard practice during a home inspection. You should not buy a home with mold, sell a home with mold or live in a home with mold. A mold investigation is your first line of defense!
To find out if mold is a problem in your home, you must have a mold inspection conducted by your inspector.
Visual inspection: A visual inspection is the initial step in identifying possible contamination problems. It will identify any visible water leaks or mold stains on ceilings, walls, floors or under counters. The air conditioning and heating system, the attic and crawl spaces under homes will receive a visual inspection as well. The use of equipment, such as a borescope, to view the spaces in the ductwork or behind walls, and moisture meters are used to help identify hidden sources of mold growth in the extent of the water damage. Mold sampling will be recommended if there is any noticeable mold growth, musty odors, visible water damage or stains, poorly maintained HVAC systems or construction defects. By combining a visual inspection with air, tape or swab sampling, the inspector can help identify the hidden source of mold, allergens and indoor pollutants and the extent of any acute or chronic water or moisture damage.
Air sampling: The purpose of air sampling is to determine the type and amount of Airborne contamination in a building. Air sampling may be necessary if the presence of mold, allergens or toxins is suspected (e.g.: musty odors, allergies) but cannot be identified by a visual inspection. When air sampling is performed, both the outdoor air and the indoor air are sampled, so the results can be compared to see if a problem exists. Typically, the outdoor sample is taken while the heating and or air conditioning unit is operating; this will ensure the indoor air is effectively tested.
Tape/Swab Sampling: Tape/Swab Samples are usually collected from visible moldy surfaces by wiping the area with a sterile swab. This type of sampling is used to identify specific mold types.
Recommendations and Laboratory Results: Once the home has a visual inspection and the mold circumstances evaluated, action can be planned to clean it up and prevent future contamination. Based upon site evaluations and sample lab analysis results, your inspector can provide a detailed written report that can be used for disclosure and references. In all situations, if mold exists, the underlying cause of the water damage must be corrected.
Mold… literally is a growing concern. National media attention has alerted the public to the destructive and possibly toxic dangers of hidden mold spores that could affect their families health and their homes. EPA studies indicate that air levels of indoor pollutants may be two to three times higher than outdoor levels. Mold, the most dangerous offender of all, often goes undetected because of its invisibility. Most people spend as much as 90% of their time indoors and are not aware of the health hazards created by this pollutant. You owe it to yourself to minimize your exposure to mold spores in the indoor environment.
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There are several ways you can become exposed to mold:
Has the potential to cause health problems and even make a home uninhabitable. However, everyone is affected differently when in contact with mold. The mold that may not bother the seller may severely affect the buyer. Some old can reduce allergens, irritants and, in some cases, potentially toxic chemical substances known as mycotoxins. People who are sensitive and exposed to mycotoxins can become ill. Allergic reactions to mold are common. They can be immediate or delayed. People diagnosed with allergies and Asthma may be very sensitive to mold. Mold can cause asthma attacks. Others at risk may include: infants, children, the elderly, immune compromised patients and pregnant women, and individuals with existing respiratory conditions or who are immune compromised.
With exposure, even in small amounts, mold may cause:
Mold can be found in several areas in the home environment. It appears most often in moist areas as little black circles or thread-like white objects. It is usually accompanied with a musty type odor. Outdoors, mold plays in natural part in the environment by breaking down dead organic matter such as dead trees or fallen leaves. Mold reproduces by means of microscopic spore’s; the spores are invisible to the naked eye and float through the indoor and outdoor air. Mold begins to grow indoors when mold spores land on surfaces that are wet or damp. Mold will not grow without water or moisture. Therefore, it is important to dry water damaged areas and items within 24 to 48 hours to prevent mold growth.
Some examples of places where mold can be found inside the home include:
It is impossible to eliminate all mold and mold spores indoors. Mold will always be found floating in the air and in-house dust. Indoor mold growth can be prevented by controlling water and moisture indoors. The following may prevent or reduce indoor mold growth;
If the home you are thinking about purchasing has mold, do not panic! You can remove unusual mold levels from the home, and bring it back to the original condition.
Note: If there is mold growth in your home, you must fix the water problem and clean up the mold. If you clean the mold, but do not fix the water problem, the mold will grow back
Molds produce tiny spores to reproduce. Mold spores waft through the indoor and outdoor air continually. When mold spores land on a damp spot indoors, they may begin growing and digesting whatever they are growing on in order to survive. There are molds that can grow on wood, paper, carpet, and foods. When excessive moisture or water accumulates indoors, mold growth will often occur, particularly if the moisture problem remains undiscovered or un-addressed. There is no practical way to eliminate all mold and mold spores in the indoor environment; the way to control indoor mold growth is to control moisture. (See information under “Services Available” for available mold testing).
The key to mold control is moisture control. It is important to dry water damaged areas and items within 24-48 hours to prevent mold growth. If mold is a problem in your home, and depending upon the type of mold present, you may be able to clean up the mold and get rid of the excess water or moisture. Fix leaky plumbing or other sources of water. Wash mold off hard surfaces with detergent and water, and dry completely. Absorbent materials (such as ceiling tiles & carpet) that become moldy may have to be replaced.
Molds can trigger asthma episodes in sensitive individuals with asthma. People with asthma should avoid contact with or exposure to molds.
How do molds affect people?
Some people are sensitive to molds. For these people, exposure to molds can cause symptoms such as nasal stuffiness, eye irritation, wheezing, or skin irritation. Some people, such as those with serious allergies to molds, may have more severe reactions. Severe reactions may occur among workers exposed to large amounts of molds in occupational settings, such as farmers working around moldy hay. Severe reactions may include fever and shortness of breath. Some people with chronic lung illnesses, such as obstructive lung disease, may develop mold infections in their lungs.
How do molds affect people? Continued
EPA’s publication, Indoor Air Pollution: An Introduction for Health Professionals, assists health professionals (especially the primary care physician) in diagnosis of patient symptoms that could be related to an indoor air pollution problem. It addresses the health problems that may be caused by contaminants encountered daily in the home and office. Organized according to pollutant or pollutant groups such as environmental tobacco smoke, VOCs, biological pollutants, and sick building syndrome.
“A major concern associated with exposure to biological pollutants is allergic reactions, which range from rhinitis, nasal congestion, conjunctival inflammation, and urticaria to asthma. Notable triggers for these diseases are allergens derived from house dust mites; other arthropods, including cockroaches; pets (cats, dogs, birds, rodents); molds; and protein-containing furnishings, including feathers, kapok, etc. In occupational settings, more unusual allergens (e.g., bacterial enzymes, algae) have caused asthma epidemics. Probably most proteins of non-human origin can cause asthma in a subset of any appropriately exposed population.”
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Biological Pollutants in Your Home – One third to one half of all structures have damp conditions that may encourage development of pollutants such as molds and bacteria, which can cause allergic reactions — including asthma — and spread infectious diseases. Corrective measures for achieving moisture control and cleanliness can aide in preventing mold from growing in your homr.
Moisture control is the key to Mold control!
Water in your home can come from many sources. Water can enter your home by leaking or by seeping through basement floors. Showers or even cooking can add moisture to the air in your home. The amount of moisture that the air in your home can hold depends on the temperature of the air. As the temperature goes down, the air is able to hold less moisture. This is why, in cold weather, moisture condenses on cold surfaces (for example, drops of water form on the inside of a window). This moisture can encourage biological pollutants to grow.
Preventing Water Damage and Mold
Your humidistat is set too high if excessive moisture collects on windows and other cold surfaces. Excess humidity for a prolonged time can damage walls especially when outdoor air temperatures are very low. Excess moisture condenses on window glass because the glass is cold. Other sources of excess moisture besides overuse of a humidifier may be long showers, running water for other uses, boiling or steaming in cooking, plants, and drying clothes indoors. A tight, energy efficient house holds more moisture inside; you may need to run a kitchen or bath ventilating fan sometimes, or open a window briefly. Storm windows and caulking around windows keep the interior glass warmer and reduce condensation of moisture there.
Humidifiers are not recommended for use in buildings without proper vapor barriers because of potential damage from moisture buildup. Consult a building contractor to determine the adequacy of the vapor barrier in your house. Use a humidity indicator to measure the relative humidity in your house. The American Society of Heating and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) recommends these maximum indoor humidity levels.
Outdoor Recommended - Indoor Temperature
Relative Humidity Levels
-7C (+20 F) = 35%
-12C (+10 F) = 30%
-18C (90 F) = 25%
0C (-10 F) =20%
-29 (-20 F) =15%
Reference: Anne Field, Extension Specialist, Emeritus, with reference from the Association for Home Appliance Manufacturers (www.aham.org ).
There is substantial visible mold growth inside hard surface (e.g., sheet metal) ducts or on other components of your heating and cooling system. There are several important points to understand concerning mold detection in heating and cooling systems:
All items contained above are for reference only and have been compiled from numerous sources. It is always recommended that certified mold remediation specialists or other qualified health personnel be consulted for advice anytime mold is a concern.
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Tip: To be sure whether your family is exposed to airborne toxic mold spores or not, we recommend taking a minimum of 3 air samples. One from the outside (control sample) and 2 from indoors (for example living room and one of the bedrooms).
Caution! Please do not disturb any type of mold growth without proper protection. Disturbing mold releases spores into the air, which can make you sick.
Fact – Chronic Inflammatory Response Syndrome - The term “Sick Building Syndrome” was first coined by the World Health Organization in the 1980s and it is believed that it is caused by poor air quality that is likely caused by water damage.
Fact – Testing the air quality for mold in your home means you can have the peace of mind of knowing without a doubt whether that mold could be making you or your loved ones sick.
Fact – Mold is a type of fungus that grows in buildings and outdoors, especially on surfaces and food. Molds have a fuzzy appearance and can be white, orange, green or black.
Fact – Spraying bleach on mold is not recommended There is misinformation on the internet recommending that you spray chemicals on mold. This article explains why spraying mold will in fact make the situation worse.
Mold in air is one of the causes of allergy symptoms. We are an indoor air quality, professional and environmental company which conducts air quality testing in your home or office.
Therefore, if you suspect you have a mold/air quality problem in your home or office, we suggest, as a first step, to call us Assure Property Solutions. It’s fast, inexpensive and the most effective method to quickly determine whether you are breathing safe air. With our tests, you will be able to decide and confirm what situation your home or office air quality is really in, if remediation is necessary, or if you just require an Ozone shock Sanitization Treatment. Don’t let the air you breathe make you sick.
Your samples will be analyzed at a Mold & Bacteria Consulting Laboratory, which is a leading accredited mold testing laboratory in Canada.
Within 1-2 (24hrs possible) working days (after we collect the samples), we’ll send you an easy-to-understand laboratory report:
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