Mold – Inspections and Testing

Unlike most other hazardous material which have been physically installed into older homes or workplaces, mold can occur in any building when increased leaves of moisture occur, potentially causing health problems and damage to the building materials. Health experts say the effects of mold can range from being insignificant to causing allergic reactions and illness. Their effect depends on the type of mold, the amount and degree of exposure and the general health of the occupants. ACM Envrionmental’s trained and experienced professionals can inspect your home or workplace, provide the appropriate mold testing, risk assessment, project design and management, to ensure the health and safety for your family or workplace.

Anytime an area is exposed to water damage, there exists the potential for developing hazardous mold (mould). Flooded homes, leaky roofs, buildings constructed during wet weather, and prior marijuana grow operations are at serious risk of developing toxic molds, especially in damp climates like Vancouver and the Lower Mainland. The molds you really need to be worried about aren’t always so easy to spot – they’re hiding behind the walls, under the carpet, or up in the ceiling. The most dangerous of these is the Stachybotrys species, also known as toxic black mold or simply black mold.

Molds can be found almost anywhere; they can grow on virtually any organic substance, most common examples being, wood and paper, as long as moisture and oxygen are present. When excessive moisture accumulates in buildings or on building materials, mold growth will often occur. It is impossible to eliminate all mold spores in the indoor environment. However, mold growth can be controlled indoors by controlling moisture from excessive humidity or leaks.

Testing for mold is essential to verify air quality safety in your home or workplace. This typically begins with an air test to determine whether elevated levels of mold spores are present, followed by direct surface mold testing, when necessary, to identify the specific species of mold.

Mold Testing

Our services provide you with:

  • Inspection and Testing
  • Risk and Site Assessments
  • Project design
  • Project management
  • Cost estimates
  • Monitoring
  • Reporting on testing and results
  • Recommendations

Mold Symptoms

The presence of any kind of mold in a home or office can lead to serious health issues, especially for those with asthma, allergies or respiratory conditions, infants and children, the elderly, and pregnant women. Some of the symptoms associated with mould exposure include

  • Difficulty breathing and shortness of breath
  • Eye irritation
  • Wheezing and/or coughing
  • Nose bleeds
  • Headaches
  • Stuffy nose
  • Skin reactions and rashes
  • Fatigue
  • Allergies and other cold-like symptoms

Health: Molds inside a home or workplace can cause health problems. They release spores as well as chemicals, and both can affect people.

Mold can trigger an allergic reaction and/or asthma in sensitized individuals (repeated exposure to mold or mold spores sometimes causes previously non-sensitive individuals to become sensitized). The most common reactions are flu-like symptoms and asthma. Those with chronic lung or immune problems are at risk for more serious reactions such as fever, lung infections and pneumonia-like illness.

Some toxic molds such as Aspergillus, Cladosporium, Penicillium, Stachybotrys, and Trichoderma produce mycotoxins capable of causing severe health problems.

High Risk Occupants: Pregnant women, infants, the elderly and people with respiratory disease or weakened immune systems are more at risk when exposed to mold.