Mold Testing

Mold Testing

Many new homeowners and renters are likely to invest in mold testing these days. It has been in the news more than once and some mortgage companies, banks, and even local government agencies require the testing be carried out. In some cases, mold testing isn’t necessary, and that is when there is visible mold growth or a mold odor. Many companies including those who employee a large number of employees, hotels, motels, and food service establishments also invest in mold testing periodically to protect the health of their customers and employees, and sometimes by law or regulation. There are no federal laws or regulations regarding mold spores or mold testing.

There are a few different types of tests that can be done to detect mold in a building. Mold remediation specialists should—and usually will—employ each of these methods to get the most accurate results. This includes testing surfaces, both taking samples of otherwise clean looking counters, floors, walls, and ceiling as well as taking scraping from walls, interior building materials, and outside the building. There are also methods that taking in samples of air, which detect mold, pollen, dust, and other pollutants. These tests should be run, and samples taken from different parts of the building rather than just one specific room or area.

The local tests results are usually ready on the spot. However, samples should also be sent to an independent lab for testing. Mold remediation and air quality testing experts should feel confident in their test results, but that extra verification is helpful. It provides an extra level of protection for inhabitants of the building. Testing should be done both before and after any remediation efforts have been attempted.

Mold is most typically caused by problems with moisture. That can mean anything from heavy rains to leaking pipes or local flooding can encourage mold to grow in your home, office building, or other structure. Mold issues should be remedied as soon as possible. It is important to note that all remediation efforts will be futile without also addressing the moisture issues that led to the mold growth. Water damaged areas should be dried within a day or two at most to avoid mold growth.

There is mold in the air an all around us. In the natural world, mold help to break down dead organic matter such as from dead trees and leaves. This is often why roofs that have not been properly maintained, where leaves and other debris are permitted to remain will grow mold, which leads to discolored shingles. Typically, we don’t have mold problems inside buildings, but it can happen.

The problem with indoor mold is that it can cause a wide variety of health issues. Mold spores are in the air and we breathe them in daily. However, when those spores become too numerous, they can cause issues with breathing. This is especially noticeable with those who have asthma, compromised immune systems, or allergies. Some people are actually allergic to mold, specifically, which can lead to more serious health issues. Even those who do not have any pre-existing conditions can be negatively impacted by mold with irritation of the skin, nose, throat, eyes, and lungs. While research continues on the extent of potential health risks associated with mold, it has already been determined that it is a potentially harmful and even toxic substance that we must limit our exposure to.

If you need mold testing in Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, or elsewhere in New England, please call:

MicroZyme Technologies at 866-920-6653!