Mold in your home can present a lot of problems. However, a qualified mold remediation company can handle mold testing for you to determine if you have mold in your home and what kind it is. Before remediation can begin, the testing process must be completed. That way the remediation contractor can decide what steps they will need to take for your home.
Mold testing starts with a full inspection of the home, concentrating on areas with moisture or that are constantly cool and dark. Often areas under the bathroom or the kitchen sink are prone to mold growth. Mold can also show up in the attic if there is a leak in the roof of your home that is allowing water to penetrate the wood structure.
The mold is often hard to see when you are looking for it, but the mold testing or removal contractor will know where to look for it and how to properly sample the mold that is there so that it can be tested properly. It is essential that the mold not be stirred up so that spores are not released into the air while the sample is taken in case the mold is hazardous.
In most situations, the mold will be sent to a lab for testing, but many mold removal companies will be able to tell you what kind of mold you are dealing with after looking at it. Black mold has the worst reputation and is a health hazard, but many different molds can also cause health issues. Because of that, proper identification is necessary to ensure the proper removal procedures are used.
Once the mold testing is complete, the contractor will talk to you able the results of the test and what the next course of action should be. Often, the mold testing process can take a few days. If the mold in your home is hazardous to your family's health, the contractor may recommend you leave the house until the mold is removed.
During the mold removal process, the contractor will often use a positive pressure system to force the air out of the house as the mold is removed so that any spores are ejected from the home. The process takes time to do correctly, but once it is complete, the house should be free of mold, and the contractor will turn your home back over to you.