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BioTest Mold Testing &Assessment

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Facts You Should Know About MOLD Potential health effects and symptoms associated with mold exposures include allergic reactions, asthma, and other respiratory complaints. No practical way to eliminate all molds and mold spores in indoor environment: the way to control indoor mold growth and to control moisture and ventilation. If mold is a problem in your home, school or business, you must clean up the mold and eliminate the source of moisture. ��� Fix the source of water problem or leak to prevent mold growth. ��� Reduce indoor humidity (to 30-60%), to decrease mold growth by; venting bathrooms, dryers, and other moisture-generating sources to outside; using air conditioners and dehumidifiers: increasing ventilation; and using operating exhaust fans whenever cooking, dishwashing, and cleaning. ��� Clean and dry any damp or wet building materials and furnishings within 24-48 hours to prevent mold growth. ��� Clean mold off hard surfaces with water, bleach and detergent and dry completely. Absorbent materials such as ceiling tiles, that are moldy, may need to be replaced. ��� Prevent condensation: reduce the potential for condensation on cold surfaces (i.e. windows, piping, exterior walls, roof, or floors) by adding insulation. ��� In areas where there is a perpetual moisture problem, do not install carpeting (i.e. by drinking fountains, classroom sinks, or concrete floors with leaks, wicking, or frequent condensation). Mold can be found almost anywhere: it can grow on virtually any substance, providing moisture is present. There are molds that can grow on wood, wallpaper, carpet and foods. We can provide testing or mold assessment that includes a full report & digital pictures, lab results & recommendations. Mold / Fungi / Remediation The only guidelines to date in the U.S. are the: Guidelines of New York Bureau of Environmental & Occupational Disease Epidemiology. The following is summary of information regarding assessment and remediation of indoor fungi: ���Many fungi (e.g. species of Aspergillus, Penicillium, Fussarium, Trichoderma and Memnoniella can produce potent mycotoxins. Mycotoxins are fungal metabolites identified as toxic agents. ��� People performing renovations/cleaning of fungal contamination may be at risk for developing Organic. ��� Dust Syndrome (ODTS) or Hypersensitivity Pneumonitis (HP). ��� Building material supporting fungal growth must be re mediated as rapidly as possible in order to ensure a healthy environment. ��� The use of respiratory protection, gloves, and eye protection is recommended. Extensive contamination, particularly if heating, ventilation, air conditioning (HVAC) systems or large occupied spaces are involved. Should be assessed by an experienced health and safety professional, re mediated by personnel with training and experiences handling environmental contaminated materials. ��� Fungi in buildings may cause or exacerbate symptoms of allergies. The purpose of such air monitoring is to assess the extent of contamination throughout the building. It���s preferable to conduct sampling while ventilation systems are operating. Air monitoring may be necessary if presence of mold is suspected (e.g. musty odors), but cannot be identified by a visual inspection or bulk sampling (e.g. mold growth behind/between walls. If air monitoring is performed, for a comparative purpose, outdoor air samples should be collected concurrently at air intake, if possible at an area that is representative of outdoor air . Analysis of Environmental Samples Microscopic identification of the spore/colonies requires considerable expertise. The American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA). Offers accredited to microbial laboratories. Accredited laboratories must participate in proficiency testing. We are members of ESA (Environmental Solutions Association) and use a local lab. Environmental Microbiology Laboratories (EM Lab) for our samples. . Evaluation of bulk/surface samples and air sampling data should be performed by an experienced health professional. The presence of few or trace amounts of fungal spores in bulk/surface samples - should be considered background. Amounts greater may suggest fungal colonization, growth, and/or accumulation at or near sample location. Outside air should be similar to indoor samples. Differences in the levels or types of fungi found in air samples may indicate that moisture sources, and fungal growth may problem/problematic. If you already have a mold problem - ACT QUICKLY. Mold damages what it grows on. The longer it grows, the more damage it can cause. Example - Leaky window - mold is beginning to rot the wooden frame and window sill. Who should do the cleanup depends on a number of factors. One consideration is the size of the mold problem. If the moldy area is less than about 10 square feet (less than roughly a 3 ft. by 3 ft. patch), in most cases, you can handle the job yourself, following the guidelines below. However: ? If there has been a lot of water damage, and/or mold growth covers more than 10 square feet, consult EPA's Mold Remediation in Schools and Commercial Buildings. Although focused on schools and commercial buildings, this document is applicable to other building types. ? If you choose to hire a contractor (or other professional service provider) to do the cleanup, make sure the contractor has experience cleaning up mold. Check references and ask the contractor to follow the recommendations in EPA's Mold Remediation in Schools and Commercial Buildings, the guidelines of the American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists (ACGIH), or other guidelines from professional or government organizations. ? If you suspect that the heating/ventilation/air conditioning (HVAC) system may be contaminated with Mold (it is part of an identified moisture problem, for instance, or there is mold near the intake to the system), consult EPA's guide should you Have the Air Ducts in Your Home Cleaned? Before taking further action. Do not run the HVAC system if you know or suspect that it is contaminated. ? If the water and/or mold damage was caused by sewage or other contaminated water, then call in a professional who has experience cleaning and fixing buildings damaged by contaminated water. ? If you have health concerns, consult a health professional before starting cleanup. Background: The presence of certain mold and mold spores in housing/schools/offices can result in mild to severe health effects in humans and can deteriorate the structure of the building resulting in structural damage. Health effects include, but are not limited to: asthma, allergy symptoms, watery eyes, sneezing, wheezing, difficulty breathing, burry vision, sinus congestion, sore throat, dry cough, aches and pains, skin irritation, bleeding of the lungs, headaches, memory loss and fever. As humans vary greatly in their chemical make-up so does the individuals reaction to mold exposure. For some people a small number of mold spores can cause ill effects. Others it may take many more spores to affect them. If mold growth is visible in one or more areas of the property or test samples show high spore counts, it is recommended that area(s) of the property are sampled to determine the type(s) of mold present at the time of the sampling. The test performed may be a swab test(s) or an air sample(s), which will be sent to the laboratory for analysis. After we receive the results back from the lab, we will prepare the report and make our recommendations. Call us at. 1-858-695-6653 / Fax: same / Web: www.biotest.com
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(858) 695-6653
Address
10517 Westonhill Dr.
San Diego, CA
92126