Mold Testing

 

Clean Air Service can test for mold in your home or business. We can determine if the mold is potentially harmful and if it should be remediated by taking spore trap samples, tape samples, bulk samples or cultures of the mold.

 

Below is an article taken from the Aller Air Industries website about mold:

 

Mold- A Serious Health Hazard for You and Your Family

 

What is mold?

Mold is a simple, microscopic organism, present virtually everywhere, indoors and outdoors.

 

For molds to grow and reproduce, they need moisture and a food source (any organic material, such as leaves, wood, paper, or dirt.)

 

Because molds grow by digesting the organic material, they gradually destroy whatever they grow on. Sometimes, new molds grow on old mold colonies.

Molds release countless tiny lightweight spores that travel through the air. If they land on a damp area the spores begin to grow and digest what they are attached to.

 

Where does mold appear?

Mold needs dampness to grow so it will be found in basements, bathrooms, kitchens and after a water leak or flood.

 

Mold growth on surfaces can often be seen in the form of discoloration, frequently green, gray, brown, or black but also white and other colors.

Mold may appear on ceiling tiles floors, windowsills, insulation, carpet, furniture, behind ductwork and walls (including wallpaper) and in cardboard or paper.

 

How does mold affect indoor air quality?

Molds release microscopic spores that travel through the air. It is common to find mold spores in indoor air although most of the airborne spores found indoors, where there is no mold infestation come, from outdoor sources.

 

Mold spores generally cause health problems when they are present in large numbers due to active or recent mold growth within the home, office or school.

 

Mold micotoxins:

Certain types of molds, such as Stachybotris chartarum, may produce compounds called mycotoxins that have toxic properties.

 

Mycotoxins are not always produced, and whether a mold produces mycotoxins while growing in a building depends on what the mold is growing on, conditions such as temperature, pH, humidity or other unknown factors.

 

When mycotoxins are present, they occur in both living and dead mold spores and may be found in materials that have become contaminated with molds.


While Stachybotrys is growing, a wet slime layer covers its spores, preventing them from becoming airborne. However, when the mold dies and dries up, air currents or physical handling can cause spores to become airborne.

 

Call Clean Air Service, Inc. today to learn more about mold or schedule a testing!