Toxic mold testing should be done before you open up the area of discoloration or concern.
Mold spore count levels rise by 1000%+ when disturbed.
If you are a commercial building owner or buying or selling a property, it’s important to understand the rights afforded to tenants in San Francisco and the greater Bay Area.
The team at American Air Testing will help you and your team establish signs and causes for administering a toxic mold test.
When it comes to mold there are millions of different types, but only a relative few produce toxins.
These toxins are referred to as mycotoxins. Mycotoxins are produced some of the time and under some conditions, but at this point, are challenging to reproduce in a lab setting.
Mold growth occurs when water is inside the building or its contents and is sitting still. There are many reasons why water may be inside your building. This could occur from:
- Roof leak
- Window leak
- A plumbing problem
- Lifestyle issues
Water inside a building damages the structure and the contents and without knowing the source or sources of the water, no removal or fogging will permanently fix the mold.
All toxic molds have the potential to cause health effects. The types and severity of symptoms depend, in part, on the types present, the extent of an individual’s exposure, the ages of the individuals, and their existing sensitives or allergies.
The medical consensus of opinion shows links to respiratory health problems. Though everyone responds differently, elevated levels of mold should always be removed!
CONTROL IS KEY.
Moisture proves very damaging to a building’s structure! So where there is moisture, there is potential for mold growth.
Toxic mold spores, similar to seeds in plants, are spread by wind or drafts. When a spore lands on a damp surface that is the right temperature with water and cellulose for food, mold usually grows. Leaks or damp indoor air are both factors in indoor toxic mold growth.
ACCURACY BEFORE MOMENTUM.
- Know ALL the sources where water is getting into the building.
- Know if humidity is trapped inside the building.
- Verify that all the leaks and air exchanges are fixed.
- Then, after testing to be sure all the mold spores are gone, rebuild.
DON’T REBUILD BEFORE YOU TEST!
If the moisture continues, the mold problems may come back. So if you have a leak, start professional drying! This drying can greatly reduce mold growth.
For more information on the risks of living in a property that could still be at risk for mold, ready this article by the CDC— Living in Damp Indoor Air Spaces.
You can see who performs this work, in your area, here— Local Remediation Contractors.
Each one of American Air Testing’s inspections is focused on solving YOUR specific problem! If that problem involves a commercial building or a very complex set of problems in a residence, a protocol may need to be written.
One of the forms required is known as a Mold Protocol. This is a blueprint document designed to properly remove microbial contamination. This document may also be requested by an insurance adjuster or another interested person down the line.
After any remedial work, post validation or clearance testing with a report is always recommended. This testing should be done with engineering controls and containment still in place, to prevent possible cross-contamination.