Most homes contain some mold. And, while it’s true that certain types can make you ill, a small amount isn’t automatically a cause for concern. In fact, proper cleanup and prevention will resolve the vast majority of mold infestations. The trouble is when colonies spread or go unchecked. You see, given time and the right conditions, these microscopic invaders can damage your health, as well as the structures of your home. And, unfortunately, the result can be both costly and dangerous. As such, we always recommend following all EPA guidelines when cleaning or testing mold. (That includes applying proper remediation to any infection spreading over 10 square feet. It also includes having a trained professional perform a mold test, when necessary.)
Of course, when mold is visible (and we can see the extent of the problem,) moving forward with remediation may be the wisest course of action. That can save you time and money. In such a scenario, we may not recommend sampling as it won’t provide us with any new information. (Except, perhaps, knowing the type of mold – which rarely changes remediation procedures.) Even so, every situation is different. And there are times when testing makes sense.
When to Test for Mold
- When you suspect but do not see mold; such as when a space has low visibility or poor access. (You may also want to have your home tested if you have had problems with leaky pipes, a leaky roof, or accumulating moisture.)
- When you want to ensure if a surface has been adequately decontaminated.
- If you are experiencing chronic symptoms of illness specific to your home. (Meth testing may also be wise in this scenario.)
- To confirm that what you are seeing is mold and not a mold look-alike such as dirt or staining.
Prevention is always the best strategy when it comes to mold. But, if mold is present, then early detection can reduce or avoid any costly repairs. For such occasions, we offer many testing technologies and procedures:
- Infrared (FLIR) Technology
- Protimeter Measurements
- ATP Swabs
- Air Sampling
- Surface Swabs
To determine if mold testing is right for you, or if you have more questions about remediation, call a mold removal specialist in your area. For those in Utah, call AEI Decon for a free consultation. We’ll help you figure out your next step (801) 888-6698.