Many different things in a home, office, or business can reduce air quality indoors. One of the most common air pollutants is mold. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) states how common mold is in buildings and homes, as they provide excellent mold growth environments. When mold grows inside the house or in air ducts, it can be a potential health hazard, as its spores can be harmful irritants. Mold also damages structures and makes living spaces uninhabitable with its odor.
Air quality tests can detect mold. Chemical tests for mold are often done when mold is visible. In instances where you cannot see the mold, but you suspect mold is a pollutant in your home, an air quality test can measure any spores in the air.
Mold is a natural part of life but having it grow and thrive inside the home is not safe. Ambient Edge can conduct thorough air quality tests to detect mold and make the air you breathe safer. Ambient Edge has licensed and certified technicians that can come to your home and perform the tests needed to make sure that your indoor air quality is clean and with minimal pollutants. We are here to help. Call us at (888) 628-5890 for more information.
Causes of Mold Growth
Even though you may clean and maintain your house well, there are always spots that you cannot see or that you are not even aware of that can grow mold. Mold can be brought in from the outside in various ways. Most of the time, mold growth results from sources outside of your control.
A common way for mold to enter into the home is by bringing it inside. Mold spores can latch onto you or your clothes when you go outside and can then spread around when you return home. Mold spores also get blown into your home on the wind or other acts of nature. Lousy insulation and sealing in your home or air ducts are also critical areas in which mold can grow and spread around as your AC runs.
Moisture also breeds mold very well. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) lists managing and preventing excess moisture as the keys to mold control. Mold thrives in wet environments. Often, when water is not properly cleaned up, mold will usually follow. There may also be leaks inside your walls or ceilings that cause mold to form as well. Anything from wet towels or clothes left on the laundry room floor to a rainy day that makes the insides of your walls damp can cause mold to grow. Mold grows when you leave water unattended.
Mold is a fungus, and it plays an essential part in our ecosystem. It is as present as sunlight, and it is just as impossible to completely eradicate mold or prevent it from ever forming. This is why, on top of cleaning and hygienic practices, preventative maintenance and routine inspections are necessary to make sure that mold does not damage your property or affect your health. The best way to control mold is to be informed. Inspect all areas of your home for any potential vectors of mold and test to ensure that mold is not already present.
Detecting Mold with Air Quality Tests
When you suspect mold growing indoors and cannot locate it conventionally, you need to do an air quality test. Air quality tests can detect the volume of spores inside any room or area and see what kind(s) of mold is growing. This knowledge is beneficial in knowing the extent of the mold growth and the type of mold you are dealing with.
There are chemical mold tests available, but these tests do not tell you what kind of mold you are dealing with or how much of it there is. Chemical tests are helpful if you need to confirm whether you are dealing with a mold issue. Testing chemically also means you need to collect a suspected mold sample, which can be hard to do if you do not know where the mold is.
Get Rid of Mold Today
If you recently had any water damage, smell a musty or unusual odor, or are starting to have an allergic reaction from the indoor air, then you may have issues with mold growth. The only way to know for sure that you have mold outside of physically seeing it is to test for it. A good air quality test detects mold and will let you know if you have a mold problem.
Mold can be a potential health hazard and can cause allergic reactions in many people. Left unchecked, mold can cause lots of damage and hurt not just your wallet but your health as well. If your mold test is positive, you need to quickly get it removed.
Having a professional test for mold and test again after cleaning it up is a great way to get rid of mold and make sure it stays gone. Ambient Edge can provide cleaning service, mold remediation, and test before and after clean-up to ensure your home is mold-free. Do not wait and let things get worse as time passes. Mold is as harmful to your health as it is to your home. Call us at (888) 628-5890 to meet with one of our expert technicians today and get your home tested.