What is mould?
Mould (or mold) is a multicellular fungus that is microscopic in size and can grow in various conditions and states. Mould growth thrives in damp, high humidity areas and is often found growing on common building materials such as drywall, insulation, ceiling tiles fabrics and wood. Over one hundred thousand unique species of mould have been identified worldwide, and can be found in a wide variety of colours and appearances. Furthermore, mould growths are often not readily visible. One of the most distinguishing factors of indoor mould issues is the musty smell associated with it.
What are the risks of mould?
Mould is a common factor in poor indoor air quality within areas both large and small. Some species of mould can contribute to allergic reactions or other respiratory issues in individuals after exposure. Additionally, in some instances, exposure to some mould types can be toxic and often dangerous to all those subjected to exposure without the proper protective measures. It is important to be aware that mould does not always need to be visible for dangerous health issues to arise.
What can I do to reduce the risks associated with mould?
Mould growth inside buildings is usually due to the presence of excess moisture caused by flooding, leakage, condensation, high humidity or capillary movement of water into these structures. Taking steps towards the prevention of mould growth such as keeping moisture and humidity levels low, and identifying and properly removing pre-existing growths before they have a chance to spread is a major contributor to keeping a building mould free.
Our experts can help!
When it comes to mould contamination investigations, T. Harris Environmental Management Inc. has unrivalled expertise and experience, amassed as a result of conducting studies in thousands of environments or spaces. We can help investigate, identify, and mitigate any potential or existing mould contamination. Our approach is based on rational and economically responsible solutions to a very contentious issue.
Our professionals are expert industrial hygienists (CIH, ROH, ROHT) and engineers (P. Eng.). In addition, our personnel is certified by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) in Water Damage Restoration and as Applied Microbial Remediation Technicians.
- Detailed assessments for mould contamination within buildings and/or localized spaces
- Conducting destructive or invasive investigations and sampling
- Collecting air samples for culturable and total spore counts
- Project design and specifications
- Training seminars for management, maintenance personnel and mould remediation workers
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