Household mold is more common – and more dangerous – than you probably think. Not only can it deteriorate the interior of your home as it slowly eats away at wood or drywall, but it can prove dangerous to the health of everyone (and every animal) living inside of your home.
Due to these hazards, conducting mold testing is important. While mold testing is highly recommended if you’re inspecting a new home you wish to buy or if flooding recently occurred, carrying out mold testing is also recommended if you’re experiencing breathing problems or if you just haven’t had one before. Whatever category you may fall under, understanding what happens and what to expect during a mold inspection can help you understand everything that’s going on while assisting you in prepping your home for the inspection.
How Long Does Mold Testing Take?
While it does depend on the size of you home, you can typically expect your mold testing to take a few hours. If you live in a larger home (such as one with a basement and at least two floors), expect it to take around three hours or so. A mold inspection needs to be complete and thorough, and this takes time.
More Than the Eye Test
When scanning a property for potential mold growth, professionals do more than just a simple eye test. If there is visible mold growth, performing a test sampling isn’t always necessary as the testing professional already has confirmation of mold.
However, there can still be mold present in a home, even if it is not identified by the naked eye. Conducting tests on samples around the home is necessary. This provides concrete information as to whether mold spores are starting to develop or not. This kind of test is often necessary after flooding in a home, It may be too soon after the flooding to spot mold spores visually, but testing can determine if mold is in fact developing.
How Invasive is a Mold Inspection?
Naturally you don’t want your home torn apart during a mold inspection. It is best to think of inspecting for mold as peeling an onion. If there is no sign of mold, the inspector will move to the next area of the house and conduct the next visual test and mold sampling test.
However, if mold spores or the potential for spores is identified, the inspector needs to move to the next layer. It is crucial to not only identify mold but to determine what is causing the mold. If the carpeting of a room tests for mold, pulling up part of the carpet to see if there is moisture coming up from the flooring may be necessary.
While mold inspections and testing is not generally invasive, from time to time it may prove necessary to dig a bit deeper in order to find the source of the problem. By identifying the source of the problem, it is easier to not only remove the mold but to prevent it from returning, which saves money in the long term.
At SafeGuard Restoration Group, our team of professionals can perform mold testing on any facility, whether it is a home, apartment or manufacturing plant. Knowing your property is free of mold can help you breathe a bit easier, while identifying problems may solve health issues you’ve been dealing with. If you are looking for a mold testing service, make sure to give SafeGuard Restoration Group a call. With emergency services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, the team is always available to assist.