Mould Testing Done Right
Ithaca Health and Environment can help you determine whether or not mould is an issue in your home, workplace, or other property. Contact us for fast, accurate, and reliable mould testing services.
The Facts about mould
Mould testing has shown that millions of Canadian homes are estimated to have elevated levels of mould. This is often due to excess moisture and humidity caused by leaks, poor ventilation, or design and construction flaws. Many of these types of mould are commonly occurring in nature, while others may be rarer and highly toxic. While the presence of mould does not always means that health problems will occur, approximately 28% of the population are especially susceptible to mould-related illnesses.
For these people the inhalation of the mould, fragments of the moulds, or spores can lead to health problems or make certain health conditions worse through the introduction of “mycotoxins”. Mycotoxins are by-products from the moulds that have been identified as being toxic to humans. These toxins can slowly wear down the immune system and can lead to allergic or respiratory problems. Common symptoms are:
- Eye, nose, and throat irritation
- Cough or congestion
- Aggravation of asthma
- Difficulty concentrating
Moulds can also exacerbate (make worse) the symptoms of allergies including wheezing, chest tightness, shortness of breath as well as nasal congestion and eye irritation. People who are immuno-suppressed, or recovering from surgery are usually more susceptible to health problems from moulds.
ITHACA CAN HELP WITH YOUR MOULD TESTING NEEDS
The first step is to determine if mould is actually a problem in your home or office through mould testing. While you may be experiencing symptoms or you’ve noticed an unpleasant odour that seems ‘mouldy’ or ‘damp’, that does not necessarily mean that there is mould present at elevated levels. Ithaca Health and Environment will sample for viable and/or non-viable mould in the air. We will explore the premise using infrared thermographic and moisture detection tools to identify potential causes for concern. Ithaca Health and Environment’s mould testing service will provide you with the information you need to make informed decisions.
Alberta Health Services’ guidelines regarding mould in the home can be found here.