Environmental Analytics of Tucson is a leader in comprehensive mold testing inclusive of bulk, air, and surface sampling. Mold testing is typically performed when an event, such as a water leak, has occurred. Testing can also be the result of an individual who has general mold concerns or is considered to be “mold sensitive (approximately ~25% of the general US population according to recent studies performed by mold specialists (PhDs)). Mold testing can also be performed simply to obtain current information on the conditions of the air and on the surface inside the building. Our certified professionals can tailor assessments testing strategies to fit your needs, budget, or concerns.
Mold growth will require the presence of elevated humidity and/or the actual presence of water depending on the type of mold. Most of the general population, who know even a little about mold ecology, understands that mold growth can damage building materials. In addition, mold produces mold spores. Some molds even produce mycotoxins. Under a multitude of situations these spores, fragments of the mold, and mycotoxins can be released from their original location into other areas of a home/building. Depending on the amount & type of mold present (dose), the length of time exposed (duration), and individual susceptibility, mold exposure can cause potential adverse health effects such as, but not limited to, allergic reactions, asthma, and other respiratory complaints.
There are currently (2015) no federal government-backed standards that have established an acceptable level of “mold spores/mycotoxins/etc.” inside of a home/building. Currently, “guidelines” have been created throughout the world regarding “acceptable levels” of mold exposure but those levels vary significantly. This is because the effects of mold exposure per individual vary greatly. Said another way, you can have (2) people in a room being exposed to the same “amount/type” of “mold contamination” and those (2) individuals may have completely different reactions.
Testing your indoor environment by a qualified professional, who not only understands fungal ecology but also the related building-sciences (i.e. how your home “communicates” with the surrounding areas), can help you determine whether you are dealing with an indoor mold problem. If you think you have a mold problem, and would like to know the extent of it (i.e what areas are contaminated), please contact Environmental Analytics.
Some common locations in a building where mold may be found:
- Around leaking windows, roofing systems, or pipelines (the constant supply of water provides mold spores the “start” they need to grow).
- Basements or other locations that have actually flooded and haven’t been thoroughly dried.
- Securely sealed buildings (more common in newer buildings), which trap excess wetness inside.
- Buildings with poor ventilation, many over-watered houseplants, and housekeeping habits that neglect obvious moisture and do not consist of airing the location out.