It’s not always necessary to do a home check for mold—sometimes it’s in an easily-accessible area that you can see plainly, but other times mold can proliferate quickly and hide in hard-to-get-to places, like inside walls, under carpets, and in crawlspaces.

Because mold can adversely affect the health of you, your family and pets, it’s best to have your home tested if you suspect there is an infestation. There are key moments in which it’s wise for a mold remediation company to test your home, and if mold is found, to remove it promptly and safely:

  • When you are purchasing a new residence
  • If flooding or a leak has occurred somewhere in your home
  • If you smell a musty odor
  • If you or your family are suffering from unexplained illnesses like chronic sinus infections, chronic sore throats, frequent headaches, coughing, wheezing, unexplained rashes or hives, or
  • unexplained fatigue.
  • If you merely suspect there’s mold in your home that you can’t find.

How Is Mold Tested?

There are mold tests a homeowner can buy and use, but these do-it-yourself kits are very limited and may not provide accurate results, especially if the mold problem is a large one. Improper handling can give incorrect test results as well.

Mold is usually tested in a few different ways by a mold remediation professional. The first is a simple visual inspection to determine where the problem is located. If it’s in plain sight or not, your mold remediation specialist will take air samples from the affected areas to test for mold spores in the air, or swab a surface from the affected room. Any of these actions will reveal the extent of your mold problem and what should be done to tackle it.

If Mold Is Present, What Will The Removal Process Be Like?

That depends on the extent of your problem. Your mold remediation specialist will write a report based on test findings and send it a lab for analysis. After that amount of mold is established, steps will then be recommended for proper mold removal.

Mold removal can be a complicated and costly process if you attempt it on your own. To make sure your mold problem does not return, leave the work up to the pros. They will not only set up the proper equipment and contain the negative air to prevent it from spreading to other areas of you home; they will make sure to remove and clean affected objects from the area properly so your mold problem doesn’t return. Finally, the mold remediation specialist will give you the “all clear” when your home is mold-free.