Mold can trigger a range of allergic reactions, including sneezing, runny nose, itchy eyes, and skin irritation. For people with asthma, mold can make their symptoms worse, leading to coughing, wheezing, and shortness of breath. Prolonged exposure to mold can also cause respiratory infections, particularly in people with weakened immune systems.
Mold sampling should be done whenever there is visible or suspected mold growth within a building’s interior. This can include visible mold on surfaces such as walls, ceilings, and floors, or the presence of a musty odor, which can be indicative of mold growth. It is also recommended to conduct mold sampling after any water damage or flooding event in order to identify potential mold growth.
There are various methods for mold sampling, including air sampling and surface sampling. Air sampling involves collecting airborne mold spores using a specialized tool that captures particles in the air. Surface sampling involves taking physical samples of mold growth on surfaces, such as by swabbing or cutting out a piece of material for analysis.
The worst seasons for mold growth are typically the seasons with the highest humidity levels – spring and summer. During these seasons, air conditioning units are frequently running, and windows are often open, leading to higher moisture levels inside the house. Furthermore, warm temperatures allow mold to grow and spread quickly. Fall and winter are less conducive for mold growth, as the humidity levels are generally lower, and the air is drier. However, it is crucial to note that mold can still grow during these seasons if moisture levels are left unaddressed.
Mycotoxins are toxic compounds produced by certain species of fungi(Mold). Mycotoxins can cause a variety of adverse health effects in humans and animals, including acute toxicity, long-term exposure risks, and potential carcinogenic effects. Mycotoxins are considered dangerous due to their potential to contaminate food and feed, leading to serious health problems for animals and humans alike. These toxins can cause a range of symptoms, including nausea, vomiting, allergy-like reactions, intestinal irritation, and even death.
With years of experience and industry-standard equipment, we use both air and swab sampling techniques to identify any microbial growth in your home, and provide you with detailed reports to help you take necessary actions. Our team works with the highest ethical standards to ensure your satisfaction and peace of mind.