Mould Inspection & Testing in Brisbane and Sydney
Commercial, and Residential Properties
Do you have an air quality problem?
IECL are a leading mould testing laboratory and indoor air quality consulting firm headquartered in Brisbane. We’re known for high-quality, accessible reports and tackling complex air quality issues in homes, workplaces and factories. We service the greater Brisbane region as well as the greater Sydney region.
We’re here because we’re passionate about your indoor air quality. Working with everyone from the Australian Government and Fortune 500 companies, through to homeowners and tenants, we’re here to help you investigate and solve your indoor air quality issues.
Our other passion is comprehensive and user-friendly mould testing – with a leading Australian mould testing laboratory established here in Brisbane, we examine and interpret information about some of the most complex, most harmful mould contaminations around Australia.
The Australian Government Department of Agriculture, Water, and the Environment highlight that “indoor air pollution is [ranked] among the top five environmental risks to public health”, and CSIRO estimates that the cost of poor indoor air quality is as high as $12 billion per year in Australia alone. Don’t take your health for granted – consider having an indoor environmental professional inspect your property.
Health is priceless, but testing can easily be expensive. That’s why IECL never book in consultants online – we will never organise for a consultant to visit your property without spending the time to understand your needs and requirements. If you’d like a phone consultation and quote, please don’t hesitate to contact us at 1300 032 004.
The symptoms of poor indoor air quality are hard to diagnose, let alone the cause of these symptoms. Through various instrumentation, our qualified technicians are trained in detecting assorted pollutants in the air including mould, soot, particulate, gasses, radon emissions, silica dust, CO2 and volatile organic compounds, as well as other conducive elements such as humidity and temperature. Some tests require analysis in our laboratory, whilst others have onsite reading capabilities. Our dedicated staff can provide fully detailed reports and recommend solutions modeled to your specific needs.
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If mould is suspected as the reason for health issues in your premises, IECL can help identify whether mould is present with industry leading mould testing.
Sewage damage occurs as a result of a blockage or damage of plumbing in a premises, a back-up of sewer systems, or an overflow/damage to septic systems.
When installing new flooring over concrete, it is vital to ensure that the concrete slab is sufficiently dry, especially if this is after a water damage event.
Fire does not only affect structural integrity of a building, but can also cause soot contamination in many other areas. IECL can assess both structure and contamination.
Volatile organic compounds are emissions from manufactured products, which have the potential to be quite harmful to our health.
Cutting and disturbing materials containing silica such as stone, brick or concrete can push crystalline silica into the air, essentially making the crystalline silica breathable. This is known as respirable crystalline silica (RCS).
Exhaust fumes from vehicles, machinery or industry can be quite detrimental to health. Often, such gasses have acceptable limits set by governments due to the safety concerns.
Property owners have a duty of care to provide a safe property for tenants otherwise they may face legal action. In addition, links have been made between occupancy of meth contaminated houses and several long term heath effects including headaches, respiratory issues and susceptibility to illness.
Due to the temperature differences made by air conditioners, condensation is a quite common side effect. This moisture can lead to mould in the indoor environment which can have adverse health effects, both short and long term to those exposed to it.
IECL knows that high levels of moisture and humidity are strong contributing factors to mould growth. Mould requires a food source and moisture to grow, and when both are present, the growth can turn exponential, and lead to major issues.
Due to health risks involved in hospitals, IECL understands the high standards of hygiene and cleanliness of the building that need to be maintained at all times.
E. coli or Escherichia coli, are a group of bacteria which can cause illness in the human body. The normal mode of transmission is through food or water, or touching contaminated surfaces.
Cutting and shaping wood is known to cause a large amount of fine particulate. Wood dust is considered to be carcinogenic to humans by the IARC (International Agency for Research on Cancer). Wood dust has been associated with cancer of the nasal cavity, sinuses and the nasopharynx.
Welding is known to cause contamination of air by production of both fumes and particulate. Welding fume particulate is fine (2.5um) to ultrafine (100nm) and is small enough to penetrate into the alveolar region of the lungs.
Poor indoor air quality is often a result of multiple related or unrelated factors. From building material degradation, to mycotoxins, chemical off-gassing and more, investigations are, by nature, highly complex and specialised. That being said, there are often common factors involved.
Water leaks are one of the most common causes of poor IAQ. These can be anywhere from torrential to slow-drip leaks, but all share common factors: they encourage mould and microbial growth, they increase humidity, and, once identified, the solution is usually very clear.
The common perception of mould is often vastly different to the reality. When considering health risks, people often gravitate to the infamous “toxic black mould”, while forgetting that many other genera and species are linked to similar (or more serious) health effects. For instance, Aspergillus and Penicillium produce the mycotoxins Aflatoxins, Citrinin, Ochratoxins, and Patulin. Some species are even colourless!
Ventilation is sometimes forgotten, and sometimes considered the be-all-and-end-all of exposure control. This is plain silly. While ventilation is extremely useful for diluting concentrated VOCs (volatile organic compounds), for instance, increasing ventilation can sometimes have no effect, or even a net negative effect! For instance, running an HVAC system contaminated by mould will only promote mould growth in the building, and increasing ventilation after exposure is unlikely to be very beneficial. There are even horror stories in the IAQ industry of workers welding without any exhaust fans, but considering themselves safe because they ran a ceiling fan. If ventilation is not increased before exposure to the breathing zone of workers or residents, ventilation will likely not increase health outcomes.
All things break down; and many products produce harmful VOCs as they degrade. Identifying chemical off-gassing is sometimes straightforward, and sometimes very difficult. Swollen bottles, container leaks, and staining to shelving can all indicate chemical off-gassing, but some gasses vent straight into the atmosphere and are odourless and colourless. Identifying chemical off-gassing sometimes thus requires use of specialised equipment.
Soil compositions, sewer issues, building material degradation, bacterial issues, and other issues can all lead to poor indoor air quality. We can help you determine exactly what is causing poor indoor air quality in your premises – simply call us today to book an inspection!
They offer an excellent professional service. We suspected having mould issues in our house as I suffered with sinus issue and it was not getting better. The team came out promptly and pointed out what/where our problem were.
We had Birgit as our inspector and were very impressed how professional she was with extensive knowledge on buildings and structures. The fee seemed expensive but it was all well worth it. Next time when we purchase a property we’ll make sure to get these guys to look at it.
This company was highly professional and did a fantastic job! The process was efficient and effective and their team communicated well through the entire process. Highly recommended
There are a few things you can do in order to improve your indoor air quality and reduce the risk to your health.
Improving ventilation: Opening up windows and doors can help create better ventilation, encouraging air cycles, and flushing out any possible pollutants that may be present.
Cleaning you ducts: If you have air conditioning, endeavor to clean the ducts at scheduled intervals to ensure that the air being pushed through does not become contaminated by pollutants such as mould.
Being careful with use of chemicals in your house: Limit the use of chemicals in your house or choose ones that are eco-friendly. Avoid using air fresheners in your house as they can hold harmful volatile organic compounds (VOCs).
Create Air filtration: Buying/renting air purifiers which are HEPA filtered and/or carbon filtered can help to remove pollutants in the air.
Cleaning your house: Ensure your house is clean of odorous items, mould, soot marks and anything that can emit harmful pollutants. Physically removing such things can help improve your air quality.