Home Mold Testing - DIY Kit - Use With Caution
You can expect mold and mildew outside your home because of the damp natural conditions of the outdoors. Mold and mildew inside the house is a different problem because the inside of your home shouldn't remain damp.
The presence of moisture is the most significant contributor to mold growth. To fight the infestation, you should conduct a room-by-room assessment of the house to identify problem areas. The moisture can come from condensation due to poor ventilation (attic), from a water leak (around bathrooms), or outdoor intrusion (foundation walls).
Mold and mildew in a home are not always easy to detect if it exists within attics or is hidden within walls. If you suspect your indoor air quality is hindered by hidden mold, the best course of action is to contact an Industrial Hygienist (IH).
The IH will take both surface and air samples to detect the presence of mold on the structure. These two tests are essential to take in concert with each other as they will help detect the presence of mold in areas that cannot be seen or reached, such as in wall cavities. They will also help determine the severity and types of mold in a specific area of the home.
If you choose to take your own surface sample as a first step, mold detection kits can be purchased in most home improvement stores and are easy to use. Swab the surface in the area you're concerned about. Test results show in as little as 5 minutes, and much like a pregnancy test, you'll either see one line (negative results) or two lines (positive).
Use caution as these tests are not necessarily conclusive, given the absence of air samples and misinterpretation by the user. Only a trained professional should perform mold testing using the proper methods.
Even if your home test is positive, it does not necessarily mean you have a serious problem but that you should consider consulting a professional indoor air quality inspector or contact SERVPRO of Hamilton & South Trenton. You can also have an optional laboratory analysis of your test results conducted for an additional fee.
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Fighting the Mold you Find
If you discover mold on the home's interior, the first step in solving the problem is to eliminate the source of moisture—whatever that may be. Otherwise, any mold or mildew you clean is likely to return.
For minor problems, you may be able to clean the surface of the materials with an antimicrobial cleaner. For major problems, remove materials that cannot be thoroughly cleaned of mold-like insulation, carpeting, or drywall. Use your antimicrobial cleaner to clean the surrounding area as well as the places where you actually see mold and mildew, so make sure you remove all traces of the substances.
Finally, replace the removed building materials with new, mold-free materials.
Mold can be a serious issue with challenging aspects in remediating it properly. We highly recommend calling in a professional, like SERVPRO, to help you evaluate the proper steps before proceeding on your own.
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