5 Things You’ll Learn From A Mold Testing Report

Wednesday, October 16th, 2019

If you suspect that you may have a mold problem on your hands, the first step you should take is to seek a mold inspection service which is followed up with a mold testing service. The former entails looking for mold affected areas. And the latter involves testing different samples collected on site to see if it’s mold or something else. And after a mold testing procedure you are bound to be provided with a report. In this article we’ll discuss what to expect from that report, as well as what you can learn from it about the mold problem you’re dealing with.

  Do you have a mold infestation problem? In some cases it is not easy to tell whether the growth you have infesting your property is really mold or not. In many cases the mold inspection specialists will know for sure. However, in other cases they will want to test the samples in order to get a scientific verdict on the matter. This is the primary responsibility of the entire mold testing process. And once the samples have been tested the report will detail whether or not you have a mold problem. In addition to that you’ll be informed which types of mold species you’re dealing with.

  How bad is the mold problem?
In addition to testing mold samples, the mold inspection process also entails taking air samples and testing them for mold spores. After examining both the mold samples and the air samples, your mold inspection team will be in a position to inform you whether the mold growth is mild, average, or severe. This is determined by the density of the mold growth, the number of areas affected, the types of mold species identified, and the various parts of your property that have been affected.

  Which areas are affected?
As mentioned earlier, mold testing takes place after mold inspection. And mold inspection entails looking around the property to see if there is mold, as well as to check the different places mold may be infesting. Well, these findings are contained in the mold testing report (or the mold inspection report). Here you will find details about which areas within your property are affected and to which extent. Photo and video evidence maybe attached. In some cases, and where possible, the inspectors will physically show you these areas after carrying out the inspection.

What’s the main cause of the mold growth?
Mold grows in damp, wet, and humid areas. When free-roaming mold spores land on surfaces under these conditions, the growth erupts. Different factors can facilitate these conditions and the mold report will have some information on that so that you can better understand what caused it, as well as how to prevent the same from happening again. Some of those factors include poor ventilation, water leaks, high humidity, condensation, penetrating dampness, rising dampness, etc.

  Advice on mold removal
And of course, the mold report will also bear some advice on mold removal. After all, once mold growth has been proven by the mold test, a mold removal procedure is required. This will ensure that the mold growth is abated and that further damage to your furniture does not occur.
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