When to test for mold

When to test for mold

The following are times when mold testing is advisable.

  • When you are buying a new home, particularly if the home is being sold “as is”
  • Following flood damage
  • Once a leak has been found
  • If you notice mold or smell mold but cannot see it
  • When you notice stains that you cannot explain on furniture, walls, flooring or carpet
  • If someone in your home has had a medical problem that has not been explained

The Mold Testing Process

The Mold Assessment

Mold inspectors are usually called in once a customer believes they have a mold infestation. They either smell it or see it or feel the effects of mold spores. These effects could be difficulty breathing, illness or rotting of the building materials. You will need to get an inspection if you run into these problems.

Looking for the Mold

Mold inspectors are usually called in once a customer believes they have a mold infestation. They either smell it or see it or feel the effects of mold spores. These health effects could be difficulty breathing, illness or rotting of the building materials.

Taking Mold Samples

Our visual assessment will help us determine where the mold is located. We will take air samples from the affected areas to test for mold spores in the air. Sometimes a swabbing in an affected room can tell us how much mold is present as well.

Writing Up a Report

We will write a report based on our findings and send the report to a lab for analysis. We can then recommend the steps that need to be taken to remove the mold. The results from the lab tests are considered legal documents.

Getting Rid Of the Mold

Making the mold in your house go away is a complicated process, particularly if you want to ensure that it does not come back. You should call a remediation specialist to handle the job, because sometimes removing the mold improperly can cause more problems than just leaving the mold to be. During mold remediation, professionals will use protective clothing (including masks and gloves) and negative air pressure devices to ensure the mold does not spread.

The Last Mold Spore Sample

Samples of the air should be taken once more after the mold has been removed and the air has been sanitized. If the mold remediation was done properly, the mold lab results from these tests should show a reduction in mold spores down to reasonable levels.

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