Mold / Indoor Air Quality
According to HEALTH CANADA, Canadians spend nearly 90% of their time indoors, whether at home or at work or during their leisure activities. On the other hand, most people are unaware of the effects of poor indoor air quality on their health.
Whether at home, at school or at work, contaminants such as mold, radon, carbon monoxide and formaldehyde can easily contaminate these environments, unless you take measures to stop them.
The purity of the air especially that of the indoor air, is an essential factor for health. We all have the ability to control the quality of our indoor air.
We offer all types of mold analysis (Air and Surface) according to your case:
- Spore trap (Cassettes)
- Surface sample
- Fungal dust
- Fungal direct air
- Air direct bacteria
- Fungal sponge
When the conditions conducive to fungal growth are present indoors and are not controlled, moulds can proliferate, colonize various substrates and eventually end up in the ambient air. The effects of moulds on the occupants’ health depend on the mode and extent of exposure, the nature of the agent in question and the susceptibility of the exposed individuals (health status, age, etc.).
SolAirEau Group offers a professional service of indoor air analysis in your buildings (residential, commercial, industrial, institutional, construction sites, etc.) to determine the nature of the pollutants present in your environment (mold, fungi, bacteria , dust,
- Biological pollutants are living organisms such as mold, bacteria and dust mites.
- Chemical pollutants are gases or particles from combustion appliances, tobacco smoke, household and personal care products, and various building
Lack of ventilation, especially in airtight buildings, is a factor that greatly affects the quality of indoor air.
POPULATIONS AT RISK: some individuals or groups of individuals,because of their health condition, are more susceptible to developing health problems when they are exposed to fungal contaminants.
The most frequently mentioned populations are atopic (allergic) individuals, people suffering from certain diseases (eg : cystic fibrosis), individual suffering from respiratory problems such as asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases, infants and very young children, the elderly and severely immunodepressed individuals, particularly in hospitals.
Because they usually spend more time indoors, vulnerable people are at the most at risk.
© National Institute of Public Health of Quebec (2002).
HEALTH CANADA: 2014, ISBN: 978-1-100-24076-3H14, No.cat.: H144-19 / 2014EPDF
Health Canada considers indoor mold growth to be a significant health risk. The term mould is commonly used to refer to fungi that can grow on the building materials of homes. Moist conditions and mold growth in homes increase the risk of respiratory allergic symptoms and worsen asthma in mold-susceptible individuals. People living in homes where mold and excessive humidity are present are more likely to develop the following symptoms:
- Irritation of the eyes, nose and throat
- Cough and a buildup of phlegm
- Wheezing and shortness of breath
- Worsening of symptoms of asthma
IDENTIFICATION OF THE MOLD:
Mold growth is not always visible. Since mold can grow behind walls or above ceiling tiles, it is important to check for damp areas, especially those that have suffered water damage. Start by making a visual inspection of your home. Look for signs of mold or excessive moisture such as stains or discoloration on floors, walls, window sills or ceiling, fabrics and carpets. Look for obvious signs of leakage, condensation or flooding, or a musty smell. It is important to act quickly as mold grows within 48 hours. Any visible mold must be removed.