Mould – assessments, sampling and testing
At JJP Environmental, we provide a variety of mould services, including assessment, sampling, and testing. Mould can be extremely dangerous for you, your family, and your pets. We understand how pressing a mould issue can be, which is why we make a commitment to provide fast, effective services to help you assess the problem.
A history of mould
Mould is a common occurrence in our day-to-day lives. You might notice it on an old loaf of bread at the back of your pantry, on a damp blanket left in the garage, or on a block of cheese you forgot about in the fridge. Most of the time, mould is totally harmless. In some instances, like in the production of certain cheeses, or in the discovery of penicillin, mould can be a good thing. For years, it was common knowledge in the scientific community that some moulds killed bacteria. In 1928, Dr. Alexander Fleming discovered that Penicillium—the same mould used to make blue cheese—produced the antibiotic Penicillin. By separating the Penicillin product from the mould, one of the world’s most useful antibiotics was discovered. This discovery helped save the lives of thousands during World War II. But mould isn’t all good, and there are certain strains that can have serious ill effects on your health. Some people, like young children, people suffering from asthma or other respiratory illnesses, or pregnant women, are at a higher risk of health concerns associated with mould.
- Chronic runny nose
- Asthma attacks
- Itchy skin
- Chronic headaches and migraines
- Flu-like symptoms
- Thorough visual mould inspections
- Analytical sampling of mould within your home, office or building
- Analysis of moisture levels
- Testing air and building materials to determine presence of mould and mould type
- Mould thrives on moisture. To avoid its rampant reproduction, ensure all moist areas, like windowsills and basements, are cleaned and dried regularly.
- If you see mould in your home or office, deal with it immediately. Mould can spread quickly, and can turn into a big, expensive problem.
- Ensure proper ventilation in humid areas like bathrooms and kitchens.
- Direct any water away from your home’s foundation.