WHY TEST FOR MOLD?
Mold testing shows the type and quantity of mold present. The primary reason to test for mold is because under certain conditions, indoor mold has the potential to damage property and cause health problems in humans and animals. Not all molds spores are harmful – they fall into the following categories: Allergenic, Hyper- Allergenic and Toxic.
Some have called it "The Silent Killer". That may be on the extreme side, but with all the information available about mold and its potential for harm, there are plenty of valid reasons to perform mold testing. For example, we now know that some molds produce toxins which may be linked to severe cases of asthma, respiratory problems which include bleeding lungs, and several other serious ailments including immune system disorders. Medical and legal communities are now taking mold contamination very seriously. With so much overwhelming evidence to support the dangers of exposure to mold, mold testing is the first step in properly assessing whether an abnormal or elevated mold condition exists.
Some may tell you that mold is no big deal and mold testing is not necessary. It is interesting to note that those who make such irresponsible statements also disclaim everything they say by warning you to wear a respirator and rubber gloves when cleaning mold. Why? If mold is "no big deal", why bother protecting your lungs and skin from it? The answer is because mold can be a very big deal and the only way to really know for sure is by proper testing for mold.
Whenever you hear statements that seem extremely biased to one side of the mold testing issue or the other, be cautious. Our advice is to make sure the person testing for mold has no personal interest in how your mold tests come out. The truth is, under certain conditions, mold does have the potential to cause very costly damage to property and poses a serious health threat to humans and animals. However, not all mold problems are catastrophic by default. Again, the best way to get an accurate and unbiased assessment of your mold condition is to have proper mold testing done by an independent and certified third party mold inspector. The difference between a minor mold problem and a major problem is: (a)how long before you discover it; and (b)how long you wait to do something about it.
When Is A Good Time To Test For Mold?
If you suspect you have a mold problem, whether mold is visible or not, one call to PrimeAire Mold Services is all it takes to be sure. Our only interest is in providing our clients with accurate reporting of the data we collect during the course of a comprehensive mold inspection process. We provide reliable results of mold tests and samples.