Mould testing and investigation of the air biome

Using a number of sampling methods and technologies, Safe Air Quality offers a range of testing solutions:

Mould testing and assessment services to detect and deal with mould problems, fungal contamination and microbial issues -  generally brought about by ventilation and humidity related issues such as condensation, rising or otherwise penetrating damp.

Our services in microbial hazard risk analysis are invaluable in resolving any disputes arising under the recent Homes (fit for habitation) Act 2018.

We work for both tenants and Landlords -- independently - and occasionally, simultaneously with the best end result for everyone! 

Indoor mould and bacteria is a not uncommon  fact of life for almost any indoor environment. Indoor mould growth can be controlled by providing adequate ventilation and maintaining indoor humidity levels between 30-60%.

When excessive moisture or water accumulates indoors, mould growth will often occur, particularly if the moisture problem remains unnoticed or un-addressed for more than 48 hours. The key to mould control is timely maintenance and prompt repairs.

Not all moulds are harmful but to be safe, it is better to treat all moulds as potentially harmful. The colour of the mould does not determine whether it is harmful or not. Therefor black mould is not necessarily a bad mould. Microbial lab analysis is the only effective way to identify any species or sub species that may have been identified to pose a particular health hazard. Susceptibility to the hazard will depend on individual health status or sensitivity. Children, elderly and sick people are often more vulnerable to mould.

Some moulds and bacteria breathe or transpire myco-toxic gases as well as presenting a particulate hazard.

The health effects associated with breathing in spores and myco-toxic chemical gases may include runny nose, eye irritation, cough, congestion, aggravation of asthma and respiratory problems, headache, flu-like symptoms, fatigue, and skin rash and other allergic reactions. Individuals with weak immune systems may also get infected by moulds as a result of exposure with potentially fatal conditions such as, but not limited to Aspergillosis. 

Diseases can be readily transmitted through the air

"Exposure to mould spores and bacteria can be extremely hazardous to health". This statement summarises a vast quantity of health warnings.

The previous way of thinking about how to contain these hazards was to take antibiotics, apply creams and sanitise- to saturate our world with fungicides and biocides..

It probably isnt news that nature has found a way around this, and now the resistant strains aren`t limited to MRSA and C Diff but, wreaking havoc in the health sector, number about 20 known strains from yeasts and fungi as well as an ever expanding range of species of bacteria. Recent estimates suggest nearly 50,000 people a day are dying glocally from antiobiotic resistant bacteria alone and exposure to Aspergillus has become the most obvious personal injury arising from poor quality accomodation.

 

 

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