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Testing for Mold in Your Home

9/22/2019 (Permalink)

Close-up of person hand wearing gloves measuring wetness of a moldy wall Testing for mold in a Reunion, FL home

Testing for Mold in Your Home

If you smell a musty odor in your Reunion, FL, home, then your house may have a black mold problem. You should thus hire a certified specialist or an environmental hygienist to perform a mold assessment.

A mold test doesn’t just help you determine whether the fungus is in your home. It can also identify the species of mold and whether it is toxic. An assessment can additionally determine how many mold spores are in the air.
Mold tests also help find the source of the fungus. This is important, as mold damage can sometimes occur in hidden areas of the home.
There are three main types of mold tests. They are:

  • Surface test
  • Air test
  • Bulk test

Surface Test

As its name implies, a surface test checks for mildew and mold on surfaces of your home. During this mold assessment, a specialist or environmental hygienist will collect samples and then send them to the lab for analysis.

Air Test

Similarly, an air test takes samples from the air in your home and checks them for mold. However, these tests are not always accurate, as the amount of mold in the air can vary widely over time.

Bulk Test

In a bulk test, the specialist takes items from your home and looks at them under a microscope. Since each of these assessments can show different things, it is best to have the professional perform all of them. The tests should also be done at various times and locations within the home.
If testing reveals that there is a fungus problem in your house, you should call your local mold remediation specialists. They can perform black mold cleanup, eliminate odors, and possibly restore your damaged belongings.
Once the experts are done, you should get surface tests of the affected areas. This will confirm that the mold cleanup was successful. You should also get a mold assessment of the air to ensure that the level of mold spores has returned to normal. This will give you added peace of mind.

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