Do you suspect that you have a mold problem in your home or place of business? Then you may be feeling quite panicked as you probably know that mold can be serious as it can pose a serious health risk to anyone inside the building and it can also do damage to the building’s structure. While you may be tempted to locate the mold and clean it up yourself, you should know that mold experts recommend professional mold identification and remediation.
Mold is a form of fungi that is found both indoors and outdoors all year round. Outside, mold lives on plants and on decaying and dead matter. Inside, mold thrives in dark, damp areas and is usually first detected by a musty odor. The reason why there may be mold growing inside your home or business could be because you’ve had some recent water damage, high humidity or dampness as all mold needs moisture to grow. Maybe you have a roof or plumbing leak, a damp basement or crawlspace or a room inside your home like a laundry area that is not very well ventilated.
When you hire a mold remediation company to come and inspect your home for mold, a certified mold expert will arrive to inspect your property to find the source of the mold. Depending on how bad the mold problem is, you may be told that the mold found has to be tested in a lab to determine what course of action to take as there are several types of mold with each requiring different remediation techniques.
Generally speaking most mold testing involves taking samples of either the air or surfaces. Air samples are often taken by using spore traps which work by capturing the mold spores on a sticky surface. The trap is then sent to a mold testing laboratory wherein some stains are applied to the inside of the trap so that the mold can be identified.
Surface testing can be done by taking swab samples, tape samples or bulk samples. A swab sample is akin to a Q-tip that’s rubbed across the area being sampled. A tape sample involves using a piece of clear adhesive tape to pick up and remove mold that is present on the surface. A bulk sample involves physically removing a piece of the sample area and sending it to a lab for testing. Once the samples arrive at the lab, they are analyzed under a microscope for proper identification.
Once the mold has been identified in the laboratory, a remediation plan is developed and put into place to safely and thoroughly rid the premises of mold. The damp areas will then be replaced and/or dried completely to ensure that the mold problem doesn’t reoccur.