Sysco Environmental Ltd carried out a mould survey in Edinburgh, the reason behind the investigation was to assess the indoor air contamination by fungal spores and to identify any areas of existing fungal growth and water damage. The apartment is situated on the third floor of a large residential building, the external walls are concrete with plasterboard internal partitions and ceilings. The floors in the bedroom and living room are carpeted with the rest of the apartment having linoleum.
The occupant had been living in the apartment for approximately 6 months and has reported that there was a damp and wood rot odour noticed shortly after moving in. The occupant has been suffering from mould exposure-like symptoms such as shortness of breath, eye irritation, headaches, and severe lung irritation.
Samples of airborne moulds were collected onto spore traps using a high flow sampling pump, the samples were collected over a 15-minute period. In the kitchen, there was evidence of remaining fungal contamination under the newly laid linoleum although there was no trace of elevated moisture.
The water damaged floorboards in the living room have been removed, however, the carpeting and underlay is heavily stained from water and moulds. A small leak was discovered from the boiler cupboard- which if left unresolved will cause the flooring to be rapidly colonised by mould. Water damaged floorboards have been found with substantial staining and one corner of carpeting in the bedroom has been damaged by a moth infestation indicating relatively high humidity levels.
The inspection showed that the property is affected by a small leak from the boiler which has not caused any contamination as of yet but will need to be repaired as soon as possible; otherwise mould will rapidly colonise. The hydrothermal conditions did not show much difference in temperature and humidity levels between the different rooms- indicating normal conditions.
Some of the mould contamination in the kitchen has not yet been removed, and the underlay and carpets are heavily stained by water and fungal growth.
The floorboards in the kitchen should be cleaned and any existing contamination removed.
We recommend removing the carpeting in the bedroom due to evidence of moth and water damage. The air quality assessment shows that the indoor air quality in the property is highly affected by elevated numbers of fungal spores.