Once you suspect mold in your home or business, you should contact a mold testing professional. Mold can exacerbate or cause several health issues, especially in those susceptible to respiratory illness. It can also cause damage to your home or business. You may be tempted to try to get rid of the mold yourself, but because thousands of types of mold can grow in your home, do-it-yourself kits may not work. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) also recommends that you hire a mold professional to test for mold, and then perform mold remediation to get rid of it. Some mold, such as Stachybotrys doesn’t usually spread with airborne sporulation and may not be detected by do-it-yourself kits.
What Does a Mold Test Tell Me?
When a professional mold testing company such as The Mold Pros comes into your home or business, it will test for several things. Proper mold testing determines the different types of mold, how much mold is in your home or business, and where the mold is located — including in HVAC vents. Testing also tells the mold testing company if a dark substance is soot or dirt, but not mold. Mold testing can better define the scope of work needed to solve a mold problem and can save money by not over or under treating a mold problem.
Do I Have to Have a Mold Test Prior to Remediation?
In most cases, yes. Testing is the only way to determine what type of mold is in your home or business and where it is located. Not all mold testing professionals use an independent, accredited lab to determine what mold spores, if any, are in your home or business. The Mold Pros technicians always use a lab to determine the type of mold and the extent to which the mold is growing in your home or business. Fill out the “Speak with a Mold Professional” form for more information regarding mold testing and remediation services.
How Do I Know That All the Mold is Gone?
Once our professional mold technicians complete the mold remediation process, they re-test your home or business and send the results to an independent lab for analysis. The lab will forward its report showing a clean home or business.
What Kind of Mold Can Hide in My Home?
Mold samples taken by our professional mold testers and remediators show what type of mold is in your home or business. There are thousands of mold types, including Penicillium Aspergillus, Stachybotrys and Chaetomium. Some mold types are associated with harmful toxins, some with other health problems. Once a mold professional determines what type of mold is in your home, we will determine the best course of action to eradicate the type of mold in your home or business. The Mold Pros’ mold remediation procedure removes all types of mold. Fill out the “Speak with a Mold Professional” form for more information regarding mold testing and remediation services.
What is the Mold Testing Process?
1. The Mold Pros’ Professional Mold Inspectors Visually Evaluate Your Home or Business.
Moisture issues are the key to indoor mold growth. Utilizing state of the art equipment (infrared thermal cameras, moisture meters and hygrometers), our inspectors search for moisture issues which are the root cause of an indoor mold problem.
2. Determine the Number and Type of Samples to be Taken.
Molds are found in our natural environment and we should expect the levels and types of molds inside buildings to be relative to the molds on the exterior of the structure. An exterior baseline air sample is collected to determine the types and levels of molds common for the area and interior air samples are taken to determine indoor mold counts. Air testing is a helpful tool in determining mold counts in HVAC systems and duct work, which can be a perfect environment for indoor molds.
Since all molds are not “airborne” (some molds spread through water and insects), there are several different tests to provide the best insight of the microbial growth within a structure. The Mold Pros takes four different kinds of samples to test for microbial growth: air, tape lift, swab, and bulk. Each sample type is appropriate for certain conditions and your technician will determine what is most appropriate during their inspection and testing process. As a general rule, it is recommended to air sample each level of the structure and one air sample per 1,250 sq. ft. of open living space.
Mycotoxin Testing: Certain molds are known to produced toxins (known as mycotoxins). Penicillium, Aspergillus, Stachybotrys, Chaetomium and Fusarium are just a few molds which are linked to mycotoxins. The Mold Pros performs mycotoxin testing which can determine if there are harmful toxins within your home or business.
3. Nationally Accredited Laboratory
The Mold Pros uses one of the premier laboratory services in the nation. Using a nationally accredited, third party lab is important as it provides an unbiased, professional result which clearly determines if there is a mold problem in your home or business. Results are provided in an easy to read report that provides information as to types and quantities of mold present in each sample. A Mold Pros technician will review the report with you, answer questions and make recommendations for your property.
All buildings have mold because mold is everywhere. When mold levels increase higher than they should be — higher than the outside environment — it is time for you to be concerned. You may start seeing mold growing on the walls, material in the home, such as carpets, furniture and clothing and in dark, damp spots. More commonly, you may not see the mold at all. It could be in the HVAC duct work or in other hard-to-see locations. You may also have increasing respiratory problems, increasing allergy flare ups and may also notice musty or mildew odors.
Once the technician takes the samples, they are forwarded to an independent lab for analysis. It is this information, combined with special bio-remediation training that the technicians use to determine how to best get rid of the mold in your home.