Behind the scenes: the process of mold testing

If you have recently noticed green patches on your walls or ceilings and want to know if it’s mold, there is an easy way to identify it. Although there are many mold testing kits available in the markets these days, the simplest process of mold testing involves only bleach.

You can take household bleach and put some on the discoloration on your walls. If the color changes, it is mildew, but if there are no changes, then you are dealing with mold. It is recommended to contact a professional mold inspector who can come to your house and determine what kind of mold is present.

They may use a variety of procedures to check for mold as such taking air samples, swab testing or sending the affected object for laboratory testing.

When the inspector arrives, they will begin the process of mold testing by visually inspecting the area.  They will check for signs of spores, discoloration, water damage, pipe leaks or any other sign of moisture. They will be equipped with a heat detector so he can check the humidity levels of the property.

A mold inspector will take samples from various affected areas in your home so they can send them to the laboratory for testing. Multiple samples give a higher chance for the exact species of mold to be identified. They may use air sampling, during which a device will suck airborne spores into the equipment which will be placed over a glass substrate, thus creating a sample.

After the mold has been identified, the process of mold remediation will begin. Not all kind of mold is harmful to humans, in fact only a handful of species is toxic in nature. The rest of them can be wiped away thoroughly with special mold removal techniques. The size of the affected area and toxicity level will give a clear indication of how much structural damage has occurred and how deep the mold growth is. The mold inspector, based on test results, will provide you with essential information for removal of mold from your home.

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