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What Is a Mold Test?

What Is a Mold Test?

[ 1 ] August 11, 2010

Mold Test

A mold test is a process that detects the growth of mold in a home or building. It can be done in any type of building, including your home. The test might not tell you what type of mold you have or where you can find it. However, the test will alert you to the presence of mold in your home.

You can request a mold test by contacting a local mold inspection company. They will come to your home and perform the test. You can also order a mold testing kit from a lab. The lab will either send someone to perform the test or send you a testing kit. If they send a kit, you have to collect samples following the instructions included with the kit.

Mold Testing Facts

You should understand some things before deciding to perform one of these tests. First, mold is usually present in all homes. Most of it is harmless, so there’s no need to panic if the test is positive. A positive reading doesn’t mean you are in danger.

Second, the mold test simply takes a sample that determines if mold is present. This means the test usually will not indicate if you have a serious problem or not. If toxic mold is present, the test will not tell you if toxins are actually in the air.

Why Have a Mold Test?

People request these tests for a number of reasons. If you suspect sickness in your family is the result of mold, then a test is a good idea. A mold test is also helpful if you want to sue someone for selling or renting you a contaminated home. The test may provide the evidence you need.

Unfortunately, the tests are not always accurate. They vary in quality, and can be a waste of money if you really don’t need it. It’s also not necessary to test if you can clearly see the contamination. If you’re bringing legal action against someone, you can simply take pictures of the contamination as evidence.

If you see the mold contamination, you can do the mold removal job on your own if it’s confined to a small area. If the contamination is in a large area, it will be harder to eliminate. For instance, if an entire wall in your home is contaminated, then that indicates a big problem. 

Signs You May Need a Mold Test

If your home smells musty, that’s a sign of mold contamination. Find the contamination and remove the mold. You also should find out the source of moisture that allowed the problem to develop. Once you discover the answer, fix the problem as soon as possible. If you don’t, the same problem will keep reoccurring even after initial cleaning.

Mold testing in the home is generally needed only if you’re worried about toxic mold. Perhaps the home has a history of contamination, and you want to make sure it hasn’t redeveloped. Perhaps you’re worried that by removing the mold, you may be at risk of inhaling or spreading dangerous spores. In any case, think carefully before ordering a mold test.