Air / Structural Moisture Assessment
Assessing moisture in air and building structures are important aspects of the mould inspection process primarily to determine if conditions are supportive of mould growth. When performing a moisture assessment, surface and penetrating moisture measurements are collected in potentially affected materials in order to determine the extent of moisture damage. This is to determine and locate the source of the moisture ingress, and to determine if materials and surfaces have been structurally dried to acceptable levels, for example, as part of a post-remediation assessment.
Moisture levels in, and on, materials are key drivers as to the extent that further investigations may be required and serves as one aspect of controlling mould growth.
Air assessments within buildings serve a number of useful purposes including ensuring good indoor air quality for occupancy and processes - in some instances, prolonging building life. The primary objectives of an air assessment are to determine indoor humidity levels and the potential for surface condensation which may contribute to mould growth. An indoor environmental professional (IEP) is able to assist with an air and structural moisture assessment.