A Certificate of Sanitisation picks up the presence of mould and fungal growth in the air, on surfaces, and within the materials of your dwelling. Long term exposure to damp, mildew and mould growth could cause the failure of building materials and surface finishes. This can include discolouration and staining to decorated walls and ceilings, along with the rotting of woodwork, plaster as well as other building materials.
What is Mould & Mildew?
Mould and midew is a kind of fungus. It is completely different from plant or bacteria. Mould and midew needs water and food to develop. This is very much like us. Mould grows fastest in conditions in between 5 to 40 celsius & humidity above 60%. This amount of moisture provides adequate moisture to allow mould to cultivate and grow.
Soon after water damage remedial works have taken place, a certificate of sanitisation gives a standard of quality assurance, particularly if the property has been exposed to sewage or waste leaks. With increased exposure comes increased risk of side effects that can be harmful to your health.
When air can not circulate around a property properly and the air is poorly ventilated, mould can occur. Black or green spots will appear within the woodwork or wall surfaces of your property. The mould and mildew may show up behind household furniture or within cabinets.
If a property has high quantities of moisture, this may cause a wide array of health concerns for occupants. Woodworm and wet or dry rot can appear when high moisture levels are present over an extended period.
Why Get a Certificate of Sanitisation
Diagnostics: for detection of mould and fungal growth, which is not always visible to the naked eye. Testing can differentiate between fungal growth and stains. These tests can be performed on behalf of would be property buyers as part of a survey.
Post remediation verification: this is to ensure that any clean up works are carried out to a satisfactory standard.
Comparative testing: analysis of affected vs unaffected, compliant vs non-compliant areas.
What Takes Place During the Inspection Process
When undertaking a Certificate of Sanitisation survey, samples will be taken from the air and surfaces in an entirely non-destructive process. In some cases, our specialists are able to provide results on site and provide advice on the best course of action to take to remediate the problem. Upon completion, a full and well laid out and easy to understand report will be provided.
The client can also opt for additional invasive material testing as part of the survey, in which material samples can be tested for penetrative mould infestation or fungal growth
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