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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.

How To Tell if There is Mold in Your Basement

[ 0 ] June 18, 2010

Basement Mold
 

There are a lot of things lurking in your basement. Aside from snakes, the worst thing you can have is toxic mold. Any type of mold, in fact is undesirable. You can initially sense its presence in your basement if there are musty odors around your house. Basement mold is usually hidden away in a crack or corner, but the smell is a great determining factor of its presence.

Here are some ways to determine if there is a mold infestation in your basement:

1. Check the floors and walls of the basement. Black mold appears in streaks or patches. It appears slimy and colored black or green or sometimes white with orange spots. Look for stains with yellowish tint, which is an indication that you have a mold problem. Check underneath sinks and around pipes as well.

2. Determine if there are musty or mildewy smells every time you go into the basement. You might also notice this smell in your house. Be alert if you smell these odors when you turn on the heating or air-conditioning units. There is a small possibility that mold has infested the systems. However, that rarely happens.

3. Check your basement using a mold-testing kit. They can be readily purchased from any hardware or home improvement store. You can also buy them online.  Have the kit tested in a mold laboratory to determine the type of mold present in the basement and the extent of its growth.

4. Look out for signs of black mold poisoning. Black mold is also known as toxic mold. It creates dangerous conditions in the home. Exposure to this can cause poisoning. Symptoms also include respiratory problems, coughing, headaches, and nausea, dizziness and skin rashes.

5. Look closely at organic surfaces in the basement such as evidence of water entry. Most probably, mold has grown on moist surfaces in the basement. Floor stains or remains of cardboard boxes that were wet and removed are important clues.

6.  Check out the backside of the basement stairs, most particularly those in the lower risers or treads. You will probably find mold growing in these areas.

7. Make sure to inspect furniture and other materials stored in the basement. Check out underside of game tables or furniture.

8. Check the insulation for mold and inspect further for dry wall mold. There is a great possibility that the cavities of a roof leak could cause mold growth on the hidden drywall surfaces.

9. Determine if the paint or wallpaper is peeling. This is a good moisture indicator and should warn you of the possibility of mold growth in these areas. If you do your laundry in the basement, keep in mind that un-aired clothes dryer can attract mold growth due to its humidity.

10. Check the shelves and closets in the basement for mold presence, especially if you keep partially dry clothes in the basement.

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