What Mycotox Test For

Testing

Mycotox Australia’s Comprehensive Testing Approach

Mycotox Australia is at the forefront of assessing microbial contamination in water-damaged buildings, extending far beyond mere fungal analysis. Their comprehensive testing protocol encompasses a broad spectrum of microbial detection to ensure a thorough evaluation of the environment when necessary.

The initial phase involves assessing moisture levels through the use of infrared cameras paired with moisture meters, which confirm the infrared data. This is complemented by measuring humidity levels and vapor pressure to understand the atmospheric conditions within the building.

In situations where concrete moisture content is a concern, Mycotox Australia employs the technique of drilling to install relative humidity probes, providing an accurate measure of moisture within concrete structures.

To detect Microbial Volatile Organic Compounds (MVOCs), adsorption tubes are utilized, which are later analyzed using Fourier Transform Infrared (FTIR) technology. This method aids in identifying the presence of microbial activity that could be detrimental to the building’s integrity and occupant health.

Subfloor components are not overlooked, as testing for any moisture is conducted to prevent the growth of mold and other harmful organisms. Airborne samples are collected to identify bacterial and fungal populations, along with specific tests for bacterial endotoxins and fungal toxins, known as mycotoxins.

Particular attention is given to airborne particulate matter, specifically PM 2.5 and smaller, which are known to transport fungal toxins, bacterial cell wall fragments, and in some instances, are infected with viruses such as mycoviruses.

For individuals who may have been exposed to these contaminants, urine testing is available to detect the presence of mycotoxins. This test is crucial for correlating environmental exposure with potential health effects.

Lastly, genetic analysis of fungal DNA is conducted to pinpoint the exact species present, which can be cross-referenced with biopsy tissue when available, providing a comprehensive understanding of the species at the exposure site.

Through this meticulous and multi-faceted approach, Mycotox Australia ensures that every aspect of microbial contamination is examined, offering peace of mind and a safer environment for occupants.