The moment you lay eyes on the formless mass of mold spores, there’s doubtlessly one question that first springs to mind: Is it black mold?
Maybe, and maybe not. But at the end of the day, we want to encourage you to stop and consider your next move before you hastily rush to call in a mold testing company.
After all, while not all mold is necessarily made equal, all molds should be treated equally with regard to removal. Here’s what you need to know …
DOES MOLD TYPE MATTER?
“It is not necessary to determine what type of mold you may have growing in your home or other building,” according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). “All molds should be treated the same with respect to potential health risks and removal.”
Thus, as mold removal processes are largely the same regardless of mold type, it’s important for clients to understand that avoiding mold testing services can save them thousands in the long run. In fact, come time to embark on the removal and remediation process, the most important tactic in mold management is identifying its source.
By investigating what environmental factors led to mold proliferation — be it a leaking pipe, outdoor moisture intrusion, or improper HVAC ventilation — you can tackle the mold at its origin and prevent it from resurfacing in the future.
WHEN IS MOLD TESTING NECESSARY?
The only time mold testing may be necessary is when one begins to experience adverse health impacts as a result of toxic mold contact.
“Molds produce allergens (substances that can cause allergic reactions), irritants, and in some cases, potentially toxic substances (mycotoxins),” as explained by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). “Inhaling or touching mold or mold spores may cause allergic reactions in sensitive individuals.”
As different mold strains may produce different physical symptoms, mold testing and sampling may help one to better understand and treat their bodies in terms of a medical response.
SHOULD I INVEST IN A MOLD INVESTIGATION?
Mold investigations, as opposed to mold tests, are highly valuable in that they provide you with detailed information that is uniquely specific to your home. That being said, such professional services are recommended when you smell mildew, feel pervasive moisture, and/or when you believe you are suffering from mold allergies but cannot seem to find the spores themselves. And for those who can see mold in their homes, mold investigations may still reveal other areas of hidden mold that had continued to grow, unbeknownst to them.
And if you’re not sure who to call to begin the process of optimizing your home’s indoor health, it’s time to reach out to Luce Air Quality, your indoor environmental experts!
Not only do we provide expert mold inspections, but we also offer water damage investigations, VOC testing, and more! Trusted solutions are at hand when you work with the Luce Air Quality team. Schedule your assessment today by calling (904) 803-1014 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org