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Here’s How to Test for Mold in Your House, Even If You Can’t See It

Posted in Indoor Air Quality | Mold Inspection on December 15th, 2018 by Ian Stevens

Mold is a serious problem which can affect the health of your home and its residents. Here’s how to test for mold, even if you can’t see it.

What’s unseen but lives in the very air you breathe? Mold. And that can be dangerous to your health.

Because you can’t see it, you don’t even know it’s there. One documentary claims that up to 50% of the homes in the United States have a mold problem. It grows in hidden nooks and crannies throughout your house.

If you have mold in your house, you’ll need to take action. Wondering how to test for mold if you can’t see it? Let’s take the mystery out of it.

How to Test for Mold

Worried about the possibility of mold growing in your home? Here’s how to find it. Start with your senses and follow up with these steps until it’s found.

Step 1: Use Your Senses

Mold does leave traces of itself on the surface. You can find it if you know where to look. You’ll see fuzzy, sometimes colorful mold growing in dark, damp places around your home.

Mold has a distinct smell, too. It’s pungent, musty, and earthy, like a fungus. Which is exactly what it is.

Sometimes, all you need to do is walk into a room to find it. If you smell it, then it’s in there somewhere.

If you suspect mold, check out some of the places in your home where it’s likely to grow. Here’s where you might find it.

  • Behind appliances
  • Basement walls and floors
  • Attic areas
  • Bathroom drywall and subfloors
  • Around plumbing fixtures
  • Ventilation ducts
  • Leaky ceiling areas and corners

These are only a few of the areas where you can find mold. Check any area that gets wet or humid.

Step 2: Use an In-Home Mold Test Kit

Can’t find your mold through a visual inspection? You can pick up a mold test kit for in-home use. There are three types of tests: air, surface and bulk tests.

Air tests look for a percentage of mold spores from an air sample. Surface kits use samples taken from various surfaces in your home to look for mold. Bulk kits look at sample pieces of material from your home for traces of mold.

Follow the directions on the kit for how to test for mold. This may take a few days time. Then, send it out to the lab for evaluation.

The test results will come back to let you know what kind of mold you have. You’ll also get an idea of the amount of mold in your home, too.

Step 3: Hire a Professional

Still struggling to find your mold? You may need a professional.

There are places in your home where it’s difficult to find mold. A professional can get into them and use special tools to locate it. Then, they can help you determine how to treat it.

What Now?

You know how to test for mold, now go do it. Mold is not good for you and your family. You’ll want to test as soon as you can so you can treat it.

Take the proper steps to clean up your mold problem. Looking for help? Contact us, here.