There are many types of molds that can infest homes and businesses. While some are more harmful than others, the CDC recommends removing any mold you find. It isn’t always obvious when you have mold growing. It can grow behind walls, in attics, and basements. The rule of thumb is if there is anywhere that is consistently damp, or you have had a water leak in your home, you probably have some mold growing that should be dealt with.
It has been shown that healthy people exposed to mold can experience symptoms of coughing, wheezing, and other asthma-like characteristics. Prolonged exposure can increase the risk of infections or other respiratory illnesses.
No matter the type of mold, or how you believe it is affecting you, the CDC recommends removal of any type of mold you encounter.
AIR QUALITY TESTING
*Air Quality tests are the most common form of testing in the industry. They are not perfect in their measurements but can be a helpful tool in determining the condition of a building. Air quality tests are usually taken by collecting a 75 liter air sample from inside the home and pulling it through a small filter. That filter is analyzed by the 3rd party lab and a report is given. These tests are often compared to a similar test taken outside in the area.
Tape tests are best for determining the type of mold when you can visually see mold growth. These tests are less expensive than air tests but fail to provide the scope of the issue like the other tests would. Often these tests are unnecessary when a visual inspection shows mold growth without testing.