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Mould Analysis

Mould Analysis

Moulds are a type of fungi that thrive in high-moisture environments present both indoor and outdoor and NZ provides the perfect climate for their survival. Indoor mould growth is usually caused due to excess moisture.

A couple common signs that mould could be present are a musky smell in the room, or visible discoloration of surfaces. It is important to identify potential mould contamination as early as possible to avoid health consequences and property damage.

Some mould varieties produce allergens, toxins, and irritants that can cause negative health effects. Two common mould species Penicillium and Aspergillus, are known allergens that cause irritation in the respiratory tract resulting in allergy-like symptoms and asthma. Toxic mould such as Stachybotrys chartarum (commonly known as black mould) releases mycotoxins into the surrounding area resulting in severe health issues such as headaches, memory loss and infant pulmonary haemorrhage.

 

Testing Options

Analytica uses a fast and reliable qPCR method to provide a total fungi spore estimation along with spore counts for five primary moulds of interest: Penicillium spp. and Aspergillus spp. (combined), Cladosporium spp., Stachybotrys chartarum, and Chaetomium globosum.

Our mould testing options include analysis from surface and air samples.

Surface Analysis 

When mould is visible, a sample can be collected directly from the surface using cellotape or swabs. This test gives insight into which species are present. 

Air Sample Analysis

Mould is not only present on surfaces but is also present in the air surrounding us. Air samples can be collected using specific pumps dedicated for mould spore trapping.  Air analysis can help gain insights into “invisible” mould in the air or hiding behind structures that can be causing damage beneath the surface.

Sample Collection

Analytica Laboratories does not provide sampling services. Please contact us and we will happily provide a list of professional samplers. 

 

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