No one wants to hear the word “Mold”. Mold can grow in warm, damp areas, and if you have mold in your home it can cause many health problems such as eye, nose, and throat irritation, coughing and wheezing, and allergic reactions. This blog will teach you how to test for mold so you don’t have to deal with more damage than necessary!
Before You Begin Testing For Mold Do This
Mold will only grow in humid areas such as plumbing leaks. However, mold can grow in areas that you can’t see such as behind your refrigerator, under sinks, in ventilation, under carpeting that was wet at one time, and behind any drywall that has been exposed to flooding.
If you smell anything musty there is a good chance that the area needs to be tested for mold. When preparing to test for mold you need to make certain that you have the appropriate test. There are multiple varieties of mold test kits available as well as professional options.
Different Options used in Mold Testing
Mold testing can be done in multiple ways including air sampling, surface sampling, and dust sampling, among others. These options for mold testing are probably the most common and easiest. Other options are mainly done by professional mold removers.
Air mold tests are standard, mold spores can become airborne, and in some cases, air samples can be used for the detection of mold and the identification of the specific kind of mold you’re dealing with. Dead air spaces are hidden behind walls, above ceilings, and under floors are usually tricky to gather physical samples from. Due to these spaces, air samples are more commonly used.
Otherwise known as the Environmental Relative Moldiness Index. This test was originally developed by the US Environmental protection agency. These tests use dust to determine the likely amount of mold present in an area. Professional mold testers often use these tests though they should be relied on entirely.
Petri Dish Mold Test
Some mold tests are best done using a petri dish. Petri dishes are easiest to use under a microscope and will give exact results on what kind of mold is growing to assist in understanding how to remove the problem.
What Is The Best Way To Test For Mold
If you suspect that there is mold going in your home or office you will need to act quickly. Testing for the type of mold you have will determine your next course of action against the mold. The best thing to do is to call Supreme Restoration and have them do mold testing that provides quick results.
If you cannot call Supreme Restoration to test for mold you will need to get a DIY mold testing kit. When purchasing a kit you will need to make sure that you get an interpretation card for the results of the test, often these kits do not come with them, googling should do the trick to interpret the results if not call the company that made the kit and they should be able to assist you further. Understanding the results will help with your next steps as well.
Ultimately you will need a certified mold expert like the ones at Supreme Restoration to test for mold. We have the top experts within the field that can assist you every step of the way when it comes to mold from results to removal and everything in between.
Contact Supreme Restoration Today For All Your Mold Testing Needs
Supreme Restoration, the leading mold removal company in Atlanta has your back when testing for mold. Contact us today for any mold tests you may need. While we cannot always control when mold happens we can control how we deal with the mold and the process of removing it.
We will help in all the mold removal and will assist you if there is any reason to move out of the area until the mold has been removed. It’s not often that a customer would need to move out of their space however it can happen. Not to worry we’re here to help!