Mold can sometimes be tricky to detect, but that does not make its effects any less damaging. The presence of mold is detrimental to the health of all. It can cause symptoms in those without any and in those with existing respiratory issues like asthma, it can cause conditions to worsen. Since mold is everywhere, both indoors and out, mold testing for the home is especially important to maintain indoor air quality.
Mold exposure symptoms can be attributed to other conditions so it is important to be sure that mold is the cause. Residential mold testing is the best way to test for mold and air quality.
Symptoms of mold exposure:
Mold is a natural fungus that can range in color and requires moisture to survive. It can grow on virtually any surface or material including wood, paper, carpet and food. They reproduce by spores throughout the air which causes mold growth. Perfect breeding conditions for mold include humidity and minimal light in addition to a water source. The most important thing to determine is the water source that is feeding the mold. Common commercial water and mold sources include damaged pipes, building foundation issues like framing or drainage systems, roof leaks and sprinkler systems.
When mold is visible, this typically signifies somewhat extensive growth and mold testing is not necessarily needed. Not all molds are toxic and the only way to determine the level of danger is by mold testing. Since the cause of mold growth is hidden a lot of times, mold testing is most beneficial in this case. Mold can also be detected by smell, which is a good indication that your home should be tested for mold. A mold inspection will generally begin with a visual inspection. Air and surface samples will then be taken. These samples will be sent off to the lab to be analyzed to determine what kind of mold it is and for severity. These results will be the basis for creating a plan to address your unique circumstance.
The risks of mold not only include the health of you and your employees, but also the structural integrity of your commercial business facility. Taking initiative to halt an issue before it becomes more substantial can help you to avoid higher costs for mold damages later and shows that you care about the environment of your employees and patrons. At Kill Mold, our experts want to protect the health and wellbeing of those in your commercial business and can help to remediate any larger issues.