Mould Assessment Services

Mould and dampness indoors are linked to a variety of health effects, including asthma (both development and aggravation), respiratory infections, coughing, sneezing and eczema. Illness is often more serious in vulnerable individuals including the very young, the very old and those with pre-existing health conditions.

Moulds are widespread in the environment and it is not possible to eliminate exposure completely. It is also difficult to set clear guidelines on the ‘amount’ of mould that is considered acceptable, due to the number of variables involved. Therefore, it is generally recognised as best to remove any visible mould when present indoors, and to fix the underlying issue (source of moisture) to minimise the risk of adverse health effects.

For these reasons, Fibresafe NZ have developed a simple mould assessment service that is designed to provide all the information you need to plan remediation, address your mould issue and create a safe and comfortable environment.

Standard Mould Assessment

A standard mould assessment involves a methodical inspection of a building to check for the presence of mould and moisture and, most importantly, to investigate the root cause – the source of moisture ingress into the building. When appropriate, samples may be taken to confirm the presence of mould, and recommendations will be made to help plan remediation and prevent reoccurrence in the future. A Standard Mould Assessment should be the starting point in most cases if you suspect you have mould issues.

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Intrusive Mould Assessment

In some circumstances, a Standard Mould Assessment may not be sufficient to fully characterise a mould issue. If a Standard Mould Assessment has been unable to definitively determine the presence and extent of mould, if there is evidence of concealed mould or moisture, or if you are looking to delineate the full extent of mould for purposes of planning remediation, an Intrusive Mould Assessment may be necessary. An Intrusive Mould Assessment involves checking concealed areas such as wall cavities that are not normally accessible for inspection. The scope of an Intrusive Mould Assessment will depend on site-specific details and on the purpose of the assessment.

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Black Mould

Much attention has been given in the media to ‘black mould’. The term ‘black mould’ – or ‘toxic black mould’ refers to one or more species of the genus Stachybotrys. In some situations, certain varieties of Stachybotrys can produce mycotoxins, and these toxins have been suggested as a cause of illness. While scientific evidence for specific adverse health effects caused by black mould in buildings is generally lacking, it is widely recognised that exposure to mould and mould spores should be minimised through the removal of visible indoor mould and remediation of moisture ingress issues.