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All About Black Mold Testing

[ 0 ] May 4, 2010

Black Mold Testing

Black mold testing is not a just some sort of test to rob you of your hard earned money. It’s a test that is very real, and can check for the toxic mold and prevent serious health problems from occurring in you and your family.

The test can be performed in one of two ways. The first way being that it’s done by a professional who can check for mold in your home using certain tools and techniques. Hiring a professional is best when there are hidden molds or areas you cannot reach such as crawl spaces or attics.

A professional will test for toxic mold in problem areas such as attics, basements, bathrooms, crawlspaces, kitchens or anywhere there is a suspected moisture problem. He or she may also do an indoor and outdoor spore count to determine if there is a high count of spores in your home.

Once samples have been taken of the suspected toxic molds, they’ll be sent to a lab for analysis and then the results will be sent to the professional. He or she will then go over those results and tell you the types of mold they found, and whether or not you’ll need to take the next step by recommending you hire a professional that specializes in mold removal.

The second way this type of test for mold can be performed is by purchasing a test kit and checking for the toxic fungus yourself. Purchasing a test kit will not only save you money, but will also save you time since you don’t have to wait for someone to come to your home.

Most test kits, which can easily be purchased online, allow you to take a swab and swipe it across the area where the molds are present. You then transfer the swab sample into a sterilized container that is sealed and then sent to a lab for an analysis. The results are sent back to you, which tell you what molds are lurking in your home, how much is present and any other findings from the sample.

At-home mold test kits are good for visible mold when you’re unsure of their type and whether or not they are toxic. However, if  you know there are molds in your home, but you can’t find them, you may very well be better off  hiring a company who is qualified to test for mold. Otherwise, you may be faced with a serious problem such as water damage mold, which can result in both health issues and structural damages to the home.

Just be sure to do your research before you hire just anyone, or before you purchase a mold test kit from just any company for that matter. Not every company is reputable, so you’ll need to ask around to find out who’s worth spending your money on and who’s not. Because when it comes to black mold testing,  your health and your family’s health shouldn’t be put into the hands of just anyone.

Black Mold Removal Tips

[ 0 ] April 19, 2010

Black Mold Removal

Black Mold Removal may sound tedious and even dangerous, but with careful planning, there’s no reason you can’t tackle the task yourself if the mold problem is less than 10 square feet.

The first thing you’ll want to do is find the source of the problem. Do you know where the toxic molds are at specifically and what caused the problem in the first place? Mold needs moisture to grow and where there’s moisture there’s more than likely gonna be mold.

Water damage mold can happen anywhere and it doesn’t take a lot of moisture to grow and even survive. If you have a damp area underneath the kitchen or bathroom sink or your basement is prone to flooding and it smells musty, you’ve got a mold problem!

And unfortunately it’s not as simple as just throwing some bleach on the affected area either. When you’re dealing with a toxic mold, you need to take extra precautions before you just jump right into the situation and dousing the problem with bleach won’t make the mold go away permanently. In fact, bleach isn’t recommended because it won’t penetrate below the surface area where mold can easily hide.

A better solution is to head to your local hardware store and look for mold cleaners that are specifically designed to remove the toxic stuff. And unlike bleach, these types of mold products are actually designed to remove mold by penetrating well below the surface area where deadly toxins can hide.

And don’t just assume that molds can only be found on a ceiling or your wall. Anywhere moisture can be absorbed such as in the refrigerator, in carpets and on bathroom tiles, mold can and will grow.

Once you’re ready to tackle that mold removal job, your next step is to protect yourself with rubber gloves, eye goggles and a paper surgical mask. Then you can begin the task of removing the toxic fungus from the affected surface area.

Once the mold clean up project is complete, you may want to consider investing in a few items to help prevent future mold problems. One of the least expensive items you may want to consider purchasing is a dehumidifier. A dehumidifier can help control the humidity in the air which is essential for homeowners who live in very warm and wet climates.

Another item to consider if you don’t already have one is an exhaust fan for your bathroom. Showers are notorious for moisture problems and an exhaust fan can help minimize the moisture and the mold.

And finally, one tool that is still fairly new, yet fantastic, are paints that are designed to help reduce the growth of mold when applied to your walls and ceilings.

One last thing you should keep in mind when you’re dealing with black mold removal. If the damage is more than 10 square feet or severe enough that you find yourself unable to be anywhere near the toxic fungus, you should call a professional that has the knowledge and experience in dealing with a severe situation.

If you don’t, you’re going to end up leaving your home open to all kinds of problems and that’s certainly not what you want to happen.

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