Mold Inspections are just the beginning
Mold testing is an important part of our business, but we specialize in all types of indoor air quality inspections.
Mold, or fungi, exists all around us, both inside our buildings and outside. We are currently aware of more than 100,000 species of mold. There are 1,000+ species of mold that are commonly seen in the United States. The most common detected mold are Cladosporium, Penicillium, Stachybotrys and Aspergillus.
Mold needs to defend its territory just like you need to defend your home. Mycotoxins are produced by certain molds as a defense mechanism. Some common types include:
ERMI/ HERTSMI - 2
The ERMI (Environmental Relative Moldiness Index) is a study developed by the EPA where approximately 1,100 homes were tested (both water damaged and non-water damaged) to identify 36 mold species that were most present within those homes, and an index scoring system.
Dr. Shoemaker also created the HERTSMI-2 scoring system. This scoring system can be derived from the ERMI test results, so there is no need for additional sampling. The difference is that the HERTSMI-2 only uses a panel 5 mold species.
VOLATILE ORGANIC COMPOUDS
Volatile organic compounds (VOC’s), such as formaldehyde, are emitted as gases from certain materials. VOC’s include a variety of chemicals, some of which may have short and long-term adverse health effects. VOC’s are emitted by a wide array of products numbering in the thousands.
Bacteria and viruses are living organisms that can cause diseases, like the common cold or influenza. They also can make some diseases, like asthma, worse. Symptoms can change based on the type of bacteria influencing the environment. It is important to speak with a medical professional immediately if an outbreak is suspected.
House dust is a mixture of many substances. Its content varies from home to home and business to business, but the most commonly found in dust mold spores, insect fragments, dust mites, dead human and animal skin, fibers and building materials.
There are many different influences within a home or office that can produce indoor allergens. It is important to have CMI perform an inspection and testing of the environment to understand how wide spread the issue may be, as well as, identify a potential source of the problem.