Mold Testing

by Claire on November 22, 2011

A mold test is conducted to see if there’s mold growing in a house or building. It can be performed in any kind of building. This test probably won’t tell you the kind of mold you’ve got or where it’s located. However, it WILL let you know if you’ve got mold in your home or not.

A mold test can be requested by contacting a company that performs mold inspections. These professionals will come to your home to conduct the test. If you’d rather do it yourself, a mold testing kit can be ordered from a lab. This lab will send you a testing kit or someone in person to conduct the test. For the kit, you’ll need to follow the directions in the kit and collect samples.

Mold Testing

Mold Testing

There are certain things that you need to know before you decide to perform a mold test. First of all, usually all homes have mold. The majority of it is harmless so if your test is positive, there’s no reason to panic. Just because you get a positive reading doesn’t mean you’re in danger. Secondly, this is a test to see if there’s any mold present. If you have toxic mold, a mold test won’t tell you if there are actually toxins in the air.

People will request a mold test for various reasons. If someone in your home is displaying symptoms of mold sickness, you should definitely get tested. A mold test can also be of help if you’re involved in a lawsuit with someone for renting or selling you a mold filled house. The mold test can provide needed evidence.

Keep in mind that these tests aren’t always accurate. Their quality varies and if you don’t actually need the test, you’re wasting your money. In addition, if you can see the mold, you probably don’t need a mold test. Photos of the mold can be used as evidence in a legal case. When you can see the mold, you can most likely remove the mold yourself if it’s only in a small area. For a larger contamination, such as a complete wall, you’ll need professional help in getting rid of it.

A musty smell in your home is a sign of mold. You must find the source of the mold and remove it. You’ll also need to find the reason for the moisture so you can get to the root of the problem. Once you’ve located the problem and fixed it, you shouldn’t have any more mold issues.

You most likely don’t need mold testing in your home unless you’re worried that you’ve got toxic mold. If the home has a history of mold contamination, you may want to be assured that it hasn’t returned. Another reason that you may want a mold test is that you’re worried about inhaling or spreading dangerous spores while removing mold. Just be sure you’ve got a valid reason for requesting a mold test.

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