How mold and mildew affect indoor air quality
Most people are not aware of how severely mold can affect their health. Because mold spores are so small, they can become airborne easily and spread quickly. Just because you cannot see a mold contamination in your home doesn’t mean that it’s not there.
Usually mold and mildew are the result of moisture intrusion and water damage. Places like the bathroom, attic and basement are the most prone to moisture problems like leaks, high humidity, condensation and flooding.
Property owners have to be careful because water damage is not always obvious or visible. It can remain completely hidden from sight (behind walls and underneath carpets) and ultimately give rise to mold growth.
Luckily, you have two different types of air tests to help you detect mold–even if it’s growing somewhere out of sight: viable sampling and non-viable sampling. Each has its advantages and drawbacks but both are effective means of identifying mold and assessing indoor air quality.
Exposure to mold can cause or aggravate health conditions like asthma and allergies. In the long term, it can also lead to more serious conditions such as chronic bronchitis, problems with the nervous system, cancer, multiple sclerosis and heart conditions.
Just as you would not ignore a high-alert air quality index, you should not ignore an air test that shows a contamination of your indoor environment. Call Mold Busters and book an appointment for air quality testing in Ottawa or air quality testing in Montreal.
Annual Air Quality Monitoring in Ottawa and Montreal
Indoor air pollution is a big problem, one that’s being recognized by Health and Environment Canada, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and, last but not least, the World Health Organization (WHO).
Given that our indoor air quality directly impacts our health, it’s important to make sure that the places we’re spending most of our time in are free of air pollutants. This goes for workplaces, classrooms, doctors’ offices and stores just as much as it does for homes.
Annual air quality assessments are highly recommended for residential properties, commercial buildings and public institutions to limit the negative health implications of decreased air quality.
Indoor air (a.k.a. ambient air) can be compromised by poor ventilation, off-gassing of furnishings, combustion processes and a number of biological and chemical contaminants.
The following buildings can benefit from annual air quality assessments:
- Medical clinics and hospitals
- Schools and daycares
- Offices and government buildings
- Nursing homes and retirement residences
- Shopping centres
- Gyms and fitness centres
At Mold Busters, we provide an annual air quality testing service, that will provide you with the information you need to maintain a pollutant-free living and working environment. Call us today to learn more.
Air quality monitoring and routine maintenance in Ottawa and Montreal
Indoor air quality monitoring is often overlooked. When people don’t see or smell a problem, they often assume it’s not there. However, many pollutants are completely odourless and colourless, so their presence is difficult to identify and exposure is hard to control.
The purpose of air quality monitoring is to:
- To determine the types and levels of air pollutants present in the indoor environment
- To identify the source(s) of these pollutants
- To determine which areas are most affected
- To improve indoor air quality
Monitoring indoor air quality does not have to mean big or costly changes to your routine maintenance program.
It’s actually a simple and quick procedure that gives accurate results about your indoor air. A series of air quality tests are taken from the most frequently used parts of a building as well as outside (this acts as a control group).
It takes only a couple of minutes to gather the air samples, and the results are ready in several days. A full report is delivered to you, outlining any pollutants identified in the sample and the concentrations in which they are found. Best of all, it’s discrete.
Using the information provided in this report, you can act to reduce the concentration of air pollutants in your indoor environment and promote healthy living.
For more information about annual air quality assessments or to book your air quality test, contact Mold Busters now.