• Things to be Aware of When Mold Testing

    Mold contamination can affect your health and the health of those living in your home. If you suspect mold contamination in your home and you have decided that you want to do mold testing, here are some things to remember before and after testing.

    Assess

    The first thing you can do is assess your home for mold contamination. You can check your walls, storage rooms, areas with minimal air flow, and areas in your home where there is water like bathrooms, possible leaking pipes and faucets, and other possible sources of mold habitation. Recognizing moldy odors also helps in detecting mold in your home.

    Choosing the type of mold test

    Dust samplingDust or surface sampling helps determine if your home has high levels of mold and the type of mold present. This is because mold spores normally rest in dust particles, therefore making it easier to detect which types of mold are present in your home, compared to using air sampling.

    Air sampling – This helps detect mold in the air and is great for identifying what you missed during visual assessment.

    Bulk sampling – This involves taking a piece of the contaminated area like carpet or wallpaper, then placing it in a Ziploc bag and sending it to a testing laboratory.

    Choose the type of mold test depending on your needs. Home mold testing does not come cheap but if you want to save on money, make sure that you carefully assess your home to determine the condition of mold contamination. If you are able to detect mold habitation at an early stage (small area), you can clean it off and apply treatment to ensure that no chemicals and proteins are left that can trigger allergic reactions.

    However, if you find that there are a lot of areas in your home that are affected and you cannot remove the source of growth, you can call a professional to help you.

    Once mold is removed from your home, make sure that your home gets enough air circulation and sunlight. Place wall insulation/dry wall and avoid using porous building materials. You can also purchase eco-friendly household mold cleansers and a dehumidifier to help avoid mold build up in the future.

    Source:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mold_growth,_assessment,_and_remediation

    http://momsaware.org/mold-testing/83-ermi-mold-testing.html

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