Mould Testing

Brisbane Mould Removal offer a variety of mould testing for Mould. Why choose us?:

  • We are specialists in Mould Testing
  • All samples analysed by credible labs
  • Defensible and user friendly reports.

Reasons for having Mould Testing

  • If you suspect Illness  Do you or your building occupants feel different when you are away from the building? Is there suspected illness resulting from exposure to the environment? If this is the case, it could be beneficial you have some indoor air quality testing for mould. Visit our page “Mould Symptoms” for information about illness an mould related symptoms.
  • You Can Smell Something Musty – Sometimes that musty smell can be off gassing mould which can cause all sorts of serious side effects.
  • Your office of home has high humidity levels – High humidity levels can contribute to condensation which gives mould something to feed on.
  • You have had water damage which has not been dried properly – Water damage tends to be one of the leading causes of mould.

voc-test-1Types of Mould Testing We Do

Volatile Organic Compound (VOC)

This is a specific type of test which will give you an assessment and audit of the chemicals in the air as well as. VOC’s are emitted by chemicals from solid, liquids, gases and mould. A VOC test can indicate if there is a VOC problem in the premises. The test can identify up to 400 VOC’s such as formaldehyde and active mould growth.

Viable and Non-Viable Mould Air Testing (Spore Traps)

This type of testing uses a vacuum pump that sucks in the air into cassette with a special “sticky tape” inside it. It runs for 5 minutes in the affected area and we can send the laboratory and we can do a spore count, culture it and do testing which will allow us to find what sorts of mould are growing in the environment. Please review the video below which I produced a few years back which shows the different type of air samples which we do:

Certain species which can be identified include the following

Acremonium, Alternaria, Ascomycetes, Aspergillus/Penicillium, Basidiospores, Bipolaris/Dreschlera, Chaetomium, Cladosporium, Curvularia, Epicoccum, Fusarium, Pithomyces, Stemphylium, Trichoderma, Stachybotrys,Ulocladium and Torula.

What is the objective of a mould air test?

Mould air testing completed by a professional mould inspectors can help determine whether the active mould growth is caused by a water intrusion. They do this by taking a mould air sample outside the property as a control as well as a sample taken on the inside of the property. The two samples are compared and determined if they are out of alignment. It could be possible that one mould group (Aspergillus) is higher indoors than outdoors. Since there is a misalignment, you could assume the indoor mould growth is attributed to some water damage problem. If they are not out of alignment, you could assume the mould damage is caused my the exterior environment of the property.

Finding mould Inside a wall cavity

As in the video above, we can also do an air test to the wall cavities to find out if the mould problem exist inside a wall.

Spore Traps can also determine

  • Whether the property is normal mould ecology
  • Can determine if the mould in the property is immuno-compromising, alleric or mycotoxin producers

How are the results analysed in the Lab

The laboratory technicians will use a stain to make the mould stand out under the microscope. The tech will count he amount of spores which he can see on the screen within a certain area. There is a special formular which is applied which represents an estimation of the total number of each spore type per cubic metre of air. All this information is tabulated in a report.

Mould Tape Lifts

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Using a Biotape to take a mould sample

The main purpose of this type of test is to find out the different types of mould growing on a surface. It is also used to determine if it is even mould which is growing in the first place. Many people want to know the types of mould growing in their property. Some mould can be more dangerous than others. This is an inexpensive test which can help determine this.

DNA Mould Testing

ERMI Testing

This is a relatively new testing procedure (since 2006) which as steadily becoming a standard. I will not go into specifics here, suffice to say that ERMI testing will give a score based of DNA testing of mould as to how mouldy the property is. This test can also give defensible evidence whether the mould issue was cased by water damage or not.

Advantages of ERMI Testing

  • It is far more accurate – it will give you a mould spore analysis down to sub species level. This type of accuracy is important if trying to establish whether the cause of the mould is from water damage and also is important if you are suffering health issues.
  • It can have cost advantages – sometimes a single ERMI sample is enough to produce the desired result.
  • Great for people suffering health effects – If you are more susceptible to mould, it is beneficial to educate yourself, and ERMI can glean a lot of useful information.
  • Can be used to find some history of water damage in the building

How We Do an ERMI Test

We wipe a cloth on the surfaces where there is suspected mould. The results are sent to the lab and a score is produce on how mouldy the building is. Usually one test sample is enough.

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Brisbane Mould Removal have been mould testing for over 14 years in Brisbane and are highly experienced. Please call us now on 1300 346 988 or book in for a free phone consultation with the form on the right.
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