Mould exists everywhere in nature, it’s mother nature’s method for breaking down materials for re-use.
It is also quite common for mould to grow indoors and generally, in small amounts, is not harmful to humans. Although in larger quantities within indoor environments, negative health effects become more common and can be serious if left unchecked.
What is mould?
How does mould grow?
WHAT WE CAN DO
The process of our initial visit includes a visual inspection of point of moisture ingress if known and an assessment of water damage and/or mould growth through the use of moisture meters, thermal imaging and similar tools. Testing, if required, is then undertaken through one of two methods, Rapid Microbiology Testing or Laboratory Testing which are detailed below.
Rapid Microbiology Testing
Hazard Restoration is one of two companies within South Australia to have successfully completed study and to have this technology available. With our current Rapid Microbiology Testing technology, we can provide onsite results in less than an hour using state of the art testing methods for quantification of fungal particles in air.
We offer flexible and versatile methods of documentation and delineation of microbial contamination in buildings and water systems. Our technology is the Swiss knife of rapid microbiology allowing reliable quantification of microbes in almost all environments:
- on surfaces
- inside porous materials
- in water
- in air
For many applications the traditional cultivation methods are simply too slow, taking days or even weeks to get results. With the technology we use you receive the results within an hour, saving you potentially weeks of waiting for results. All sampling and testing with our rapid microbiology testing is performed in house by our friendly & qualified staff members.
The technology has been tested and verified by US-EPA (2011). Reproducibility was found to be very good with a relative standard deviation on the mean between 1.4 and 8.7 % when different conditions were used. This means that although the test is rapid, it is also reliable and results are consistent.
- Air Samples
- Tape Lift Tests
Firstly, the source of the moisture is key to combatting mould and stop growth from recurring. Once you’ve removed moisture from mould it begins to go into a hibernative state, allowing you to control the spread of the growth.
Next, a HEPA filtered vacuum is used for removing loose spores that may exist in and around the affected area. Once the spores have been removed, anti-microbial chemicals are applied to the material to disinfect the affected surface removing the hyphae or the root system of the mould which in turn will halt any further production of spores.