Monday, May 27th, 2024



Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) - Mold Investigation

Molds can be found almost anywhere there is an organic substance, moisture and oxygen including wood, paper, carpet, foods and insulation. They reproduce by making spores that usually cannot be seen without magnification. However, discoloration of the surface and obvious growth is visible and in advanced stages, there is a musty odor. Some common areas for fungal growth are: basements, behind and under bathroom fixtures and walls, books, carpets, ceilings from roof leaks, damp clothing, drapes, garbage disposals, humidifiers, heating and cooling equipment, walls, wall coverings and wood products.

A.L.I.S. Environmental can conduct IAQ investigations for mold in commercial buildings, schools, hospitals and residential buildings. Results of these investigations can be used by facility managers, homeowners, health and safety personnel, and health professionals in support of decisions related to control of fungal growth and to minimize potential fungal exposure. We can assess the size of the mold or moisture problem and the type of damaged materials, and plan the remediation work.

Understanding the difference between two commonly used terms:

Building Related Illness (BRI) refers to a condition in which an individual’s exposure to indoor air contaminants results in a clinically-defined illness, disease, or infirmity. This illness is manifested by symptoms such as cough, chest tightness, fever, chills, and muscle aches. Those suffering from this illness may require prolonged recovery times after leaving the sick building.

Sick Building Syndrome (SBS) refers to a series of acute, non-specific health symptoms such as headache, eye, nose or throat irritation, dry cough, dry or itchy skin, dizziness and nausea, difficulty in concentrating, fatigue, and sensitivity to odors. The cause of these symptoms is typically not known, and the symptoms are usually experienced by more than 20% of the occupants. Most of those suffering from this syndrome feel better upon leaving the building.

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