Molds can be found almost anywhere and is a serious potential health hazard commonly lurking in all kinds of buildings, including residential homes. They can grow on virtually any organic substance, as long as moisture and oxygen are present. Some molds can grow on wood, paper, carpet, food, and insulation. When excessive water accumulates in buildings or building materials, mold growth will often occur, particularly if the moisture problem remains undiscovered or unaddressed. Mold can trigger allergic reactions in certain people, causing stuffy sinuses, itchy eyes and skin, difficulty breathing, and even fevers.
Testing for mold in the house may be necessary if requested by a health professional or needed for legal purposes, such as a lawsuit with a landlord. Another reason to consider testing is if you cannot see or smell mold in your home but have unexplained symptoms associated with mold.
Also, performing a thorough visual inspection of your home is essential. You will recognize mold as spots that can appear in many different colors. Mold commonly appears on fibrous surfaces like drywall, upholstery, wallpaper, fabrics, and cardboard. Mold thrives on moisture, so you should have previously paid particular attention to roofs, windows, pipes, basements, laundry areas, and bathrooms. There are things you can do for yourself and your family to test for mold and to make sure no one's living in a moldy environment.
A quick test for mold can be done when you dip a swab in diluted bleach (1 part bleach, 16 parts water) and dab it on the wall. If the spot quickly lightens (or keeps coming back after cleaning), assume it's mold.
If you find signs of or suspect mold in any of these areas, purchase a mold test kit. Mold test kits are available in most home improvement or hardware stores and online retailers. But not all kits are the same. Options may include:
• Kits that, within minutes, tell you mold is or isn't present on a surface and what kind
• Kits that tell you that mold is in the air but don't identify what kind
• Kits that include lab fees in the purchase price and others that don't
Mold test kits are available that detect the presence and identify the type of mold, but they won't help determine the cause or what to do about it. First, you'll need to know what mold looks like. Most mold contamination is unmistakable, but sometimes surface molds can look like common household dirt and dust. If you see any signs of mold, call a professional.
How do you know if this is the case in your home? Unfortunately, that isn't easy to answer without professional testing equipment and a lab. After all, it's almost impossible to determine which type of mold you're dealing with just by visual inspection alone.
If you hire a professional mold inspector such as AquaSeekers to come to your home, they'll take samples from three areas—the air, the surface, and surrounding dust. They send these samples to a third-party laboratory to determine the mold concentration and kinds in those areas.
As we know, mold can harm one's health, so it is critical to dry out a property as soon as possible to avoid microbial growth and colonization of spores. However, many water leaks go undetected and result in mold being present. No Worries! Call us at AquaSeekers to schedule an appointment, and we'll come out and go over all your options. We work quickly and promptly to remediate your commercial or residential property.
Our goal is to find the source of the mold and to work quickly and promptly to remediate your commercial or residential property. That is why it is vital to begin creating a drying environment inside your home as soon as possible after mold damage.
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