Mold growth can result in damage to a home or business and be a health hazard for those who occupy the space. Mold inspection, sampling, and testing are required to determine if mold is a danger.
Mold is a naturally occurring fungal growth resulting from the breakdown of organic matter and can be dangerous for people, especially those with existing health and respiratory conditions. In homes and business structures, mold is often the result of water intrusion from a leak, flood, or excessive moisture buildup. Spores can be released into the air and land on damp surfaces indoors, where they may continue to grow. Mold testing can help determine if you have mold.
Unchecked mold growth can result in damage to the structure of a home or business, and more importantly, become a health hazard for those who occupy the space. Mold can cause health issues by producing toxins, causing allergic reaction, and generally weakening the immune system. Mold can harm healthy people as well as those with existing health risks. Mold testing can help determine if you have toxic mold that may require mold remediation.
A mold inspection is a visual, non-invasive inspection of a home or business structure’s key components, including (but not limited to) HVAC, plumbing, roof, and select exterior areas. From there, testing in the form of air and direct surface sampling should be conducted. Each method has its own strengths, and both should be included if possible. Both methods require analysis by a certified 3rd party laboratory.
Air sampling begins with a baseline sample of the immediate outdoor area for comparison against indoor samples. Indoor samples should be taken from areas near suspected or verified water intrusions and mold growth as well as from more remote indoor areas. This will help determine the extent of spore concentration throughout the structure.
Surface sampling requires visual identification of a suspected mold growth area, and this testing can more precisely determine the type of mold present as well as whether it is active or dormant. Common direct surface sampling methods include tape, swab, and carpet cutout.
If you suspect you have mold, time is of the essence. Delay may pose health risks to you and others.
A FREE mold inspection is included with all PRO TEC Home and Business mold testing.
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