SAFETY HEALTH WEST (SHW)
SAFETY HEALTH WEST (SHW)

Mold Testing & Consulting

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Mold & Moisture Investigations Services

Mold and moisture in building is not a new phenomenon.  Molds are ubiquitous, they can be found almost anywhere.  Molds can grow on virtually any organic substance, as long as moisture and oxygen are present. Molds like other living organisms need three basic things to survive. 

 

 

  1. Molds need food, molds that can grow on wood, paper, carpet, foods, and insulation,

  2. Molds need moisture "water". Some molds need a lot of moisture and some can survive in a low moisture environments, and

  3. Molds need shelter from air currents, which can dry them out.

Those mold can accumulates in buildings or on building materials, mold growth will often occur, particularly if the moisture problem remains undiscovered or unaddressed. Areas that have chronic excessive moisture tend to favor xerophilic (water loving) molds.  Many of these molds have been immortalized in the press.  In reality, molds are molds. All molds have the potential to cause health effects.  Molds can produce allergens that can trigger allergic reactions or even asthma attacks in people allergic to mold. Others are known to produce potent toxins and/or irritants. Some mold toxins are used in medicine, others may have potential health concerns.   It is impossible to eliminate all mold and mold spores in the indoor environment. However, mold growth can be controlled indoors by controlling moisture indoors.

Safety Health West's approach starts from a fundamental understanding of the building, and the people inside the building. We begin by performing an inspection of the indoor environment for visible evidence of moisture intrusion and suspect fungal (Mold) growth. Our skilled professionals understand construction methods, construction materials and general building technology, including ventilation systems.  Our inspection is designed to provide technical assistance to our clients which allows them to make informed decision on how best to meet their due diligence requirements.

All microbial-moisture inspections are performed under the direction of an ACAC Council-certified Indoor Environmental Consultant (CIEC).

Our services include visual inspections, with or without surface and/or air sampling for microbial agents as deemed appropriate, sample analysis and relevant recommendations for remedial action as indicated.

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