Crawlspace a hidden source of indoor air contaminants


Crawlspace in a typical residential building is a relatively low or narrow space below the lower story of a building. It differs from a basement by its shallow depth which does not allow for a person to stand up. Crawl space is usually not accessible (not regularly) and is not meant for storage of materials. [...]

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Mould remediation guidelines – Part 1- New York City Guidelines


Guidelines on Assessment and Remediation  of  Fungi in Indoor Environments New York City Department of  Health and Mental Hygiene (November 2008) Open original document .... NEW YORK city has developed formal mould remediation guidelines in 1993 and since then these guidelines have been subjected to several revisions namely in 2000 and in 2008. The principal [...]

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World Health Organisation -Dampness and Mould Guidlines

WHO- mould and dampness

World Health Organisation (WHO) has long recognised indoor air quality as an important health determinant. Most of us spend majority of time indoors whether it is in the workplace or at home and therefore the quality of the indoor air plays in important role in our health. It is estimated that we spend up to [...]

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Mould removal principles

Mould remediation (removal) can be a complex task involving cooperation of refurbishment contractors, decontamination contractors, client, loss adjusters and indoor air quality consultants. Because each remediation project is different variety of remediation methods may be used during one project. No one method is suitable for all situations which is particularly true for large and complex [...]

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Mycotoxins – Introduction

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Fungi produce a whole range of chemical compounds during normal metabolic processes which are generally classed as primary and secondary metabolites. The secondary metabolites consists of a large group of chemicals compounds (over 400 have been identified so far)   with various effects on animals, bacteria and plants. The common mane of all of these chemicals [...]

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Second opinion mould inspection


Tenant – landlord relationships can sometimes escalate into serious disagreements ending up in the layers office. This week I have completed a project where moulds and mould contamination has been blamed for deterioration of tenants’ health thus warranting braking of the tenancy agreement. The tenants in this case obviously concerned with mould have appointed a [...]

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Mould inspection reporting – what it should contain


The purpose of a typical mould inspection is to identify mould related health hazards in the property, identify the root causes of mould contamination and to evaluate whether indoor air quality is satisfactory. Adequate mould inspection consists of several parts which are closely connected and without which the inspection would not be complete. Each mould [...]

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