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Mould Testing – What Type of Air Quality Testing Method?
If mould testing is pursued, these are the three most common types of samples collected:
- Air sampling: the most common form of sampling to assess the level of mould. Sampling of the inside and outdoor air is conducted and the results to the level of mould spores inside the premises and outside are compared. Often, air sampling will provide positive identification of the existence of non-visible mould.
- Surface samples: sampling the amount of mould spores deposited on indoor surfaces (tape, and dust samples.
- Bulk samples: the removal of materials from the contaminated area to identify and determine the concentration of mould in the sample.
Mould is are part of the natural environment, and can be found everywhere, indoors and outdoors. Mould is not usually a problem, unless it begins growing indoors. The best way to control mould growth is to control moisture. Mould can have a big impact on indoor air quality.
People are routinely exposed to more than 200 species of fungi indoors and outdoors. These include mould like fungi, as well as other fungi such as yeasts and mushrooms. The terms “mould” and “mildew” are nontechnical names commonly used to refer to any fungus that is growing in the indoor environment. Mould colonies may appear cottony, velvety, granular, or leathery, and may be white, grey, black, brown, yellow, greenish, or other colours. Many reproduce via the production and dispersion of spores. They usually feed on dead organic matter and, provided with sufficient moisture, can live off of many materials found in homes, such as wood, cellulose in the paper backing on drywall, insulation, wallpaper, glues used to bond carpet to its backing, and everyday dust and dirt.
Certain mould can cause a variety of adverse human health effects, including allergic reactions and immune responses (e.g., asthma), infectious disease (e.g., histoplasmosis), and toxic effects (e.g., aflatoxin-induced liver cancer from exposure to this mould-produced toxin in food).
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