Today, we are discussing how to test for mold. We will go into detail about what mold is, how it grows, how to test, and what to do about it.
Let’s get started!
What Is Mold
Mold is a fungus that is everywhere and can be a variety of colors. It is okay to inhale in small amounts and typical. However, sometimes mold can grow out of control in your home through moisture and material to grow on (can be drywall, wood, or dust in the air).
If you are sensitive to mold or have prolonged heavy mold exposure, it could make you sick.
Where Does Mold Grow?
Mold can grow anywhere with high moisture and a food source. Common areas are:
It’s important to find the water leak source when testing for mold. Solving the water leak typically solves the mold issue. Unless the source is from your air conditioner, then you will need to call an HVAC technician.
Symptoms of Prolonged Mold Exposure
Some people are more sensitive to mold as mentioned before. Additionally, prolonged mold exposure can make you sick. These are the symptoms of prolonged mold exposure or mold allergy.
- Runny or stuffy nose.
- Cough and postnasal drip.
- Itchy eyes, nose, and throat.
- Watery eyes.
- Dry, scaly skin.
If you believe you have exposed to mold, read more about how to test for mold and what to do about it.
How You Can Test For Mold
Homeowners can easily test for mold in their home with an at-home test kit purchased from their local Home Depot (or Lowe’s) or from Amazon. We recommend the ProLab Test Kit for Air and Surface Testing (not sponsored). We actually use ProLab for our professional testing!
The test kit allows you to test for mold in the air or on surfaces. After completing the test, you can submit the test kit to their lab ($40 charge), and ProLab will send you detailed results as well as help you read the results.
How To Test For Mold Video
Please keep in mind, this YouTuber is using a different test for mold than what we recommended above. Continue on after the video to find out what to do after you complete the test.
Thing To Remember When Testing For Mold
Please understand mold is everywhere so sometimes reading the test results can be confusing. Reaching out to ProLab can help you understand what is going on.
Moreover, just because you swabbed for mold or there is mold in the air, does not necessarily mean you have an issue. If the space of mold is less than 10 square feet, you can clean the mold with a 50/50 solution of water and vinegar, then monitor if it comes back.
If you have a persistent mold issue, are unaware of what the cause is, or have any doubts, please call your local (and highest-rated) home/mold inspector. They are there to help you!
How We Test For Mold
Waypoint completes mold testing through swabs and air testing. The air sampling is completed by using a specialized machine that sucks in air and traps the air spores onto a cassette that is sent to a lab. Mold swabs are used by a sterile swab of the mold that is sent to a lab.
We take mold air samples outside the home, and then inside different areas of the home to compare the levels of mold inside vs outside the home. This gives us a better understanding of if there is a mold growth issue.
Furthermore, we conduct a mold inspection by searching parts of your home that could cultivate a water source for mold growth.
Finally, we use our inspection findings and the mold results to give you recommendations on your best options. All of our inspection findings and the lab results give us a sense of what is going on inside your home and are used together to give us the best course of action.
Waypoint does complete mold testing and inspections in the Tampa Bay Area. If you are in a different area, you can reach out to your local home inspector to see if they can complete mold testing and inspections for you.
Hopefully, this article leads you in a good direction on how to test for mold and what to do next. If you need a professional to test for mold and provide remediation protocols, you can get a quote.
As always, comment below if you have questions!