The Process of Checking for Mold
Mold is usually no problem if it grows outside of your house. The problem starts when the fungus is found growing inside your home or within areas where people may get in close proximity to it. The damage that mold can have on property can be extensive if its growth and population is left unchecked. Aside from the property damage, an abundance of toxins from the mold can also affect people who might ingest it, inhale it or come into contact with it. When it grows too much indoors and in close proximity to people, it can be dangerous. This is because the levels of mold and toxins in the air may be more than normal and can be deadly for humans. Black mold in particular may be potentially lethal when inhaled, ingested or, for some individuals, coming into contact with it through the skin.
How We Test for Mold
Mold testing is an important aspect of mold remediation and removal. Our experts know what to look for and where to start looking when they initiate testing for black mold.
Since the variables for testing may differ at any given time it is important that the people who conduct the test know how to do it properly and how to interpret the results correctly. The professionals in our company are experienced and trained to assess and interpret the results.
The process of testing for this particular fungus entails getting samples of the air and some surfaces within the property. From these samples, out team should be able to identify the kind of mold present in each specific area. The results will be the bases for further assessment and exploration to check just how extensive the damage may be. The initial testing helps to narrow down the area that will be opened up to our experts. Unnecessary destruction or damage to wooden panels, drywall, floorboards and other materials can be prevented with the help of the test.
The presence of dangerous toxic mold can be identified and the necessary steps can betaken to ensure the health of the people living in the building.
Do it yourself mold testing is inexpensive and may seem more convenient but the interpretation of the results may be different. Aside from this, you will still need to consult with a facility or laboratory in order to have your samples checked.
With the expertise of the professionals who work in our company, you do not need to conduct your own test or go to a laboratory to have the results processed. We use reliable means and techniques to check the level of molds in the building and we will report to you our findings as soon as possible. When you hire our team, we will be clear with you regarding the cost of the procedure and we will not move unless we reach an understanding and you give the go ahead.
Mold testing is necessary even if the presence of mold has several manifestations. Mold can smell musty and the smell is easily identifiable. You might also be able to see discoloration or blackening on porous materials which signal the presence of molds. Despite the ease of identifying the presence of mold, some growth and infestations may not be visible to the human eye or easily smelled by our noses. This is when actual testing done by experts come in handy.
Above is just an example on how to check for mold – We use much more sophisticated testing
Factors That Contribute to Mold Growth
The areas where mold testing may be initially conducted are those with a definite water source. Mold, especially black mold, thrive in dark and damp areas that maintain humidity almost all year round. The presence of a water source is one of the first things that our experts look for during mold testing. Other factors that they consider during testing are flooding and rain exposure. Low lying areas that are prone to flooding or even just getting wet every time it rains are susceptible to mold infestation. Basements are areas that could already have a mold population growing without the homeowner noticing. Ceilings are also prone to infestation if the roof has leaks. Rain may trickle or drip down to the wooden ceiling and mold can grow fast if the weather is good enough. Constant humidity is also a factor that contribute to mold growing in a house. The moisture in the air can cling to wooden wall panels or the ceiling and it encourages the growth of the fungus. The following areas are among the first places that our professionals may look through:
– Under the kitchen sink
– Places where the plumbing pipes are installed
– HVAC exhaust or unit
– Under the floorboards
– Wooden walls/ drywall
– Indoor flower boxes (especially wooden ones)
The presence of mold in your property or domicile can be potentially expensive and can affect the health of the people who live there. Early action on this problem can save you a lot of money.
Contact our company for a visit and learn just how dangerous mold can be.
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