Beware of store bought mold test kits which rely only on “gravity” settling methods on an open Petri dish. These types of test kits do not provide any meaningful answers since mold is ubiquitous (it’s everywhere). Mold spores are on the surfaces of your furniture, in carpeting, household dust and even in the air we breathe. If you open a Petri dish and take a sample, it is likely that you will get mold growing on the Petri dish (not helpful).
Can mold cause heath issues?
Molds are usually not a problem indoors, unless mold spores land on a wet or damp surface and begin to grow. Molds have the potential to cause health problems. Molds produce allergens (substances that can cause allergic reactions), irritants, and in some cases, potentially toxic substances (mycotoxins).
Some people are sensitive to molds. For these people, exposure to molds can lead to symptoms such as stuffy nose, wheezing, and red or itchy eyes, or skin. Some people, such as those with allergies to molds or with asthma, may have more intense reactions. Inhaling or touching mold or mold spores may also cause allergic reactions in sensitive individuals. Allergic reactions to mold are common. They can be immediate or delayed.
MOLD in ARIZONA
Many people have attempted to convince me that mold does not grow here in the Phoenix area because it is so dry. The fact is however, that Arizona is one of the top five states in the nation for mold growth.
As a Certified Indoor Air Consultant, I am trained and qualified to properly test your home for any potential mold growth.
Whether you own or rent, if you suspect that you might be living with unhealthy mold in your home, call me today and I’ll get you the lab results needed to verify.
Mold Testing Procedures
Whether your area of concern is isolated to 1 or 2 rooms or the entire home, I will do a Visual Inspection of the area of concern using both a Moisture Meter and Infrared Thermal Imaging Camera in order to find any plumbing leaks or potential moisture intrusion issues that will identify situations conducive to mold growth.
Upon completion of my examination, I will offer a suggested plan for further testing, if needed. This will provide you with the information needed regarding airborne mold spores and potential hidden mold growth in your home. All samples are sent to an accredited laboratory for testing and analyzing. Reports and lab results are usually delivered 2-3 business days after the samples are taken.
Types of Mold Testing
Air Samples are taken using Air-O-Cell sampling cassettes which are specifically designed for the rapid collection of a wide range of airborne particles including: mold spores, pollen, insect parts, skin cell fragments and fibers.
Wall Cavity air Samples
Wall Cavity Air Samples are taken from a small hole drilled through a wall which has evidence of past moisture damage, elevated moisture levels or temperature anomalies discovered with the Infrared Thermal Imaging Camera.
Surface Samples can be taken anytime we have visual apparent mold growth, which could be found anywhere throughout the home. These samples are used to verify and identify apparent mold growth and are obtained using either the Tape Lift or Swab method.