is an essential component to our ecosystem that
provides decomposition of many organic substances
necessary to plant, animal and human life. Mold
multiplies by producing spores which circulate
in the air. When the spore contacts a moist
surface it clings to it and mold develops. In
an indoor environment, airborne mold spores
can cause health problems to the occupants.
Air quality is a key factor to healthy living,
and often when houses are sealed for temperature
control, the lack of ventilation can cause a
build up of humidity and serious air quality
problems, especially if mold is present.
Where to Find Mold
Mold is a fungus
that grows wherever there is moisture. Mold spores that pass through the
air find places where there is moisture to cling to.
Leaky roofs, pipes, walls, or flooded areas are the breeding place for
mold. Wet cellulose materials like paper, cardboard, ceiling tiles and
wood products are other places toxic mold may grow.
Mold spores can enter a household through open
doorways, windows, heating systems, ventilation
and air conditioning units. They attach themselves
to your clothing and can even be brought in
by pets. When they find the right conditions
they grow and contaminate the air in your home.
is caused just by breathing! Excessive humidity
in the air can cause moisture build-up and
lead to mold.
- Moisture can enter a home or building by
seeping through the basement floors. See more
- Showering or cooking can add to the moisture
- When the temperature goes down, condensation
may appear on the inside of a window.
Mold may appear cottony, velvety, granular or leathery and come in any
shade or color. It will usually have a musky or earthy odour.
Mold can hide in places such as behind walls, under carpeting, under cabinets,
in air ducts and any other areas that may not be easily visible.
Checking for Hidden Mold
- Carpeting that has experienced water
damage or is exposed to high levels of humidity
is prone to produce mold. You can detect
mold growth by lifting a small section of
the carpeting away from the floor.
- Get down to ground level - look under bathroom and kitchen
cabinets in spaces that are not easily seen.
- Open up a wall cavity to check for mold growth.
- Air conditioners and furnaces need to be thoroughly inspected for
stagnant water and serviced regularly. Furnace duct systems should
also be thoroughly cleaned regularly.
Microbial and biological pathogens/agents such as mold fungi inside homes
and buildings are a serious health hazard.
is a type of toxic mold that typically grows in damp environments, especially
on materials that are high in cellulose and low in nitrogen content. Examples
of such material include:
- ceiling tile,
- cellulose insulation,
Stachybotrys mold spores are toxic because they produce a poisonous
substance called mycotoxin. When these spores are inhaled they
can cause many unpleasant, and even very serious, symptoms and conditions.
Who should ask for microbial air testing?
Those who suspect a mold infestation - The Mold Patrol Testing Unit
should be contacted if you suspect that you may have a problem with mold
in your home or building.
All home owners and potential home buyers should be interested
to know what kind of indoor air quality is in place.
Offices, schools, cottages, hospitals, clinics, gyms and other
indoor area should be tested for mold problems.
Precautionary Measure - Whether or not you are aware of a mold
problem in your home or building, air testing can be performed as a precautionary
measure. Leave the Investigating to the professionals. Disturbance of
a mold infested area can lead to a release of spores into the air that
can cause serious illnesses.
"Now is the time to find out, before the occupants become sick."