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Why Melbourne's Homeowners Trust Biological Health Services for Mould Inspections

Uncategorized Apr 07, 2024

In the evolving landscape of home maintenance and safety, one concern that consistently emerges for homeowners in Melbourne is the presence of mould. With the latest research published in the Journal of Fungi in 2024 shedding light on the intricate relationship between damp buildings, associated fungi, and their implications for our health and homes, it's clear that understanding and mitigating mould risks is more crucial than ever.

A Track Record of Excellence

Biological Health Services stands at the forefront of this crucial task, having conducted over 3,500 indoor air quality and mould inspections across Melbourne. This extensive experience not only underscores our deep understanding of the unique challenges posed by mould in the region but also reflects our unwavering commitment to protecting the health and well-being of Melbourne's residents.

Unmatched Scientific Integrity

At the core of our approach is a dedication to the highest standards of scientific integrity. We are acutely aware that every mould inspection is not just a task but a responsibility to provide accurate, trustworthy assessments that homeowners can rely on. Leveraging cutting-edge techniques and the latest research findings, such as those from the 2024 Journal of Fungi, our team of experts ensures that every inspection and assessment is conducted with meticulous attention to detail and scientific rigor.

Cost-Effective, In-House Testing

Unlike many of our competitors, Biological Health Services takes pride in our in-house testing capabilities. This not only allows us to maintain strict quality control over the testing process but also ensures that our services are cost-effective. By eliminating the need for third-party labs, we manage to keep inspection costs at realistic levels, considering the extensive work and expertise involved. This approach not only benefits our clients financially but also guarantees a level of accuracy and reliability that only in-house expertise can provide.

The Consequences of Inaction

The research from the Journal of Fungi 2024 highlights a reality that cannot be ignored: the presence of mould in damp buildings is a significant health risk, with certain fungi linked to various health issues, including respiratory problems and other serious conditions. In light of this, the decision to postpone or neglect a mould inspection can have far-reaching implications for your health and home.

The Surprising Link Between Damp Buildings and Dangerous Fungi Unveiled!

The research paper provides a comprehensive framework for building inspections, covering current sampling methods and detection techniques for building-related fungi. It discusses the increasing prevalence of buildings experiencing humidity problems and fungal growth, impacted by energy-saving measures, changes in construction practices, and climate changes. The paper introduces new detection and identification methods and provides a framework for building inspections on current sampling methods and detection techniques for building-related fungi. The study includes tables listing fungal species identified on commonly used building materials in Europe and North America, such as gypsum wallboard, oriented strand board, concrete, and mineral wool. The most reported building-associated fungi across all materials were Penicillium chrysogenum and Aspergillus versicolor. The research also delves into the characteristics of building materials, which determine their susceptibility to fungal growth. The paper discusses the impact of increased indoor humidity on fungal growth and the consequent occupational and public health problems, such as adverse health effects and exacerbation of asthma. It also sheds light on the impact of increased indoor humidity on building construction and materials, as well as chemical emissions. The research emphasizes that not all fungal species can grow everywhere, with buildings providing new habitats for fungi due to their artificial, inorganic environments, which differ from natural habitats. The paper also touches on the introduction of fungal spores indoors from various sources and the predominant and primary source being outdoor air. Moreover, it highlights the socioeconomic aspect of fungal contamination of buildings, linking it to poor housing conditions, fuel poverty, and energy crises, especially in low-income communities. The framework detailed in the paper is aimed at researchers, health professionals, legislators, international organizations for standards, building physicists, and building inspectors. The review also addresses the life cycle of fungi, which includes spore germination, mycelium growth, and spore formation. The paper discusses the requirements for fungal growth on building materials and the influence of factors such as composition, properties, and moisture content. It also underscores the need for the revision and updating of simulation programs for heat and moisture transport and prediction of fungal growth in building constructions, focusing on the relevant fungal species and their moisture requirements. The review addresses the lack of standardization, guidelines, or standards for sampling, identification, and material testing, emphasizing the need for reproducible results, clear guidelines, and comprehensive standards for building inspections. Overall, the paper provides a detailed and comprehensive overview of building-related fungi, their detection, and the associated moisture problems, calling for collaboration between different disciplines and the development of comprehensive guidelines and standards for indoor microbial contamination assessment in buildings. [ 1 ]

A hidden source of mould - your roof void

Imagine you have a tiled roof with normal insulation underneath.  Over time, this insulation can easily become damp and grow mould.  This can then easily enter into your home around the perimeters in downlights and other ceiling penetrations cut into your ceiling plasterboard.

Here's a typical example:

Take a look at what types of mould can grow on these materials according to the research:

Take Action Today

With Biological Health Services, Melbourne homeowners have a partner they can trust to navigate the complexities of indoor air quality and mould inspection. Our blend of extensive experience, scientific integrity, and cost-effective solutions makes us the preferred choice for ensuring your home is safe, healthy, and free of mould.

If you're concerned about mould in your home, don't wait until it's too late. Contact Biological Health Services today and take the first step towards peace of mind and a healthier living environment.


 Loukou E, Jensen NF, Rohde L, Andersen B. Damp Buildings: Associated Fungi and How to Find Them. J Fungi (Basel). 2024 Jan 27;10(2):108. doi: 10.3390/jof10020108. PMID: 38392780; PMCID: PMC10890273.


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