A mold infestation can be a little like an alien invasion. They’re there, lurking, but you may not know that they are. Sometimes not until it’s almost too late.
Molds can hide under your carpet, in your attic and even in your ventilation system. Sometimes you can see evidence that mold is growing by discoloration in the shower tile cracks or baseboards. Mold can be found both inside and outside. They are the cause of numerous physical problems such as respiratory conditions, sinusitis and watery eyes.
Mold can cause this type of physical distress, even if it’s not visible. Testing is the only surefire way to know whether or not you have this substance growing in your home.
The Connection Between Mold and Allergies
There are numerous medical studies that back up the theory that mold causes allergies all over the world. Symptoms of a mold allergy aren’t anything earth-shattering or different than symptoms from any other allergy. They include chronic cough, itchy, watery eyes and a runny nose.
If you’re experiencing such symptoms, you should conduct mold testing in your residence. This is especially important if you have more severe symptoms such as acute respiratory problems since a certain strain of mold can cause toxic and potentially fatal symptoms. Other severe symptoms include chronic fatigue, severe aches and pains and even fever.
Toxic mold, the type of mold responsible for causing dangerous allergy symptoms, is called black mold. It can be potentially dangerous to anyone who’s exposed to it constantly. Make sure that the mold testing you do in your home includes tests for black mold.
Finding and Choosing a Mold Test
It’s a misperception that mold testing is time consuming and expensive to do. A DIY mold testing kit can be bought at almost any home improvement store or even discount centers for a very affordable price. Some mold testing kits are so efficient that they can provide results in as few as 48 hours. You also have the option to pay for additional laboratory testing if you want to find out exactly what type of mold you have. Laboratory testing will also help you figure out the best treatment plan to get rid of the mold.
There are typically three types of mold testing available. The first one is the most common, a visible test, where you look to see that mold is growing. Mold testing can also be done through your ventilation system. You can also do mold testing for spores floating in the air.
Remember. You’ll need to make sure you wait 48 hours. You also have the option to send the results of your testing to a lab for more detailed results to help you diagnose a specific problem.