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Mould and your health

Airborne mould in a home or workplace can cause discomfort and many illnesses such as respiratory disease, headaches/migraines, cough, sinus problems & rashes and therefore it is important to conduct routine testing to ensure you or your employees are not suffering from any of these illnesses.

Even if you suspect only a small amount of mould growth in your home or workplace it is diligent to have it air mould testing performed as soon as possible as mould spores can quickly multiply cause a serious hazard.

Moulds of occupational health significance include Aspergillus, Penicillium, Fusarium, Alternaria & Stacybotrys chartarum (black mould) species.

When is excessive mould likely to occur?

The growth of mould is promoted by wet and humid conditions. Mould requires optimal conditions in order to grow, including.

  • Mould spores
  • Darkness
  • Moisture/humidity
  • Oxygen
  • Warm temperatures
  • Substrate to grow on e.g., gyprock walls, timber, fabric

These conditions are often caused by things such as unflued gas heaters, indoor condensation, poor ventilation, leaking water, abnormally humid conditions or water flooding.Mould can also grow following large storms or floods where excessive moisture and humidity is introduced into the home or workplace.

The locations in properties where mould is commonly found in includes; bathrooms, kitchens, laundry, ceilings, subfloor or in any fabrics, walls & timber that has remained wet for a prolonged period of time. For such spaces, it is crucial to run air mould testing regularly to ensure health and safety standards are maintained.

Why do you need a clearance after a mould growth incident?

If you or your employees are suffering from unexplainable symptoms including respiratory illness, headaches/migraines, cough, sinus problems & rashes, then it may be necessary that an air mould testing is undertaken by a professional occupational hygienist.

Airborne mould can often be seen by the naked eye, so if you are able to see a mould or fungi in your property call Enviro Science Solutions immediately and we will assist you in creating a remediation and scope of works to remediate any growth of mould and ensure your health is not compromised. Our team of experts carry out accurate air mould testing and provide you with accurate results.

Mould growth caused by leaking pipes or any other water ingress may be hidden behind walls, subfloor or in ceiling cavities, however you may be able to see signs of mould growth or excessive water such as cracked or peeling paint, discolouration of walls and bulging of walls. In such cases, you would require professional airborne mould testing to determine how much growth exists and might have spread.

Why EnviroScience Solutions to provide a mould clearance?

Based conveniently in Regional NSW with our head office & laboratory in Dubbo and offices in Wagga, Orange and Tamworth EnviroScience Solutions Scientists and Occupational Hygienists possess the necessary skills and equipment for obtaining samples of air, surface swabs, moisture relating to relative humidity in the indoor air from your property and testing for abnormal growth of airborne mould & fungi quickly and efficiently. Flexible, quick to act and not far away – EnviroScience Solutions has forged a reputation as one of Australia’s leading locally owned occupational hygiene & environmental consultancies, having a commitment to service that is second to none.

Call us on 1300 372 436.

Our clients

EnviroScience Solutions have assisted numerous government departments for both commercial and private residences including the Defence Force, and builders and project managers for insurance works including flood works for mould and bacterial assessment and remediation projects for over 90 clients.


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