Mould investigation and sampling Services
Indoor Mould Identification:
About Safety Limited offer a mould identification and air monitoring service for anyone who has a visible growth of mould in their home or workplace.
Due to climate change and improvements in build quality over the past number of years in Ireland, we are seeing an increase in growth of micro-organisms in the indoor environment. Temperature changes, dampness and humidity provide the ideal conditions for these micro-organisms to thrive in the premises. Mould can cause an array of health problems involving the respiratory system, such as asthma, hayfever and itchy/red eyes. Long term exposure to mould can cause increased sensitivity to spores and may lead to further respiratory symptoms such as wheeze, cough or pneumonitis.
Mould is a general term, which refers to a group of filamentous fungi that are common on food or wet materials or where surfaces are ripe for growth. Most moulds are spore forming, or ascomycetes and can readily travel throughout buildings in air currents, depositing on surfaces where conditions are suitable for them to thrive. These conditions include:
- Roof leaks causing internal water damage
- Rainfall that penetrates old window frames that may have become warped or cracked
- Damp basements or crawl spaces
- Leaking pipes
- Any area where condensation is likely to occur In recent years the requirement for mould testing has increased in Ireland due to climate change and improved compliance with Health and Safety Standards.
- About Safety Limited offer walkthrough surveys and visual inspections to ascertain the prevalence of mould in the building.
- Swab testing to investigate mould type and determine whether it is a toxic strain or not.
- Identification of areas of damp in the building that contribute to increased levels of mould growth.
- Air testing to quantify if there is a potential for spores to become airborne within a building. This will determine if background levels are safe for normal occupation.
For more information on indoor air quality in the home please see the World Health Organisation (WHO) publication on indoor mould: