If you’re worried about mold in your home, you need to act fast.
Left undiscovered or worse, untreated, mold can leave even the healthiest person with respiratory issues, skin irritation, and headaches.
When you’re exposed to mold for long periods of time, you’re taking your own life in your hands.
The problem is, mold can appear and grow fairly silently.
So, how do you find mold when it doesn’t always make itself apparent?
In this post, we’re going to tell you how to test for mold so that you can rest easy knowing that you’re safe in your own home.
There’s no time to waste, so let’s get started.
Finding Visible Mold
Mold has a few visible characteristics. It’ll usually be black, green, brown, or white.
It sometimes looks fuzzy and will feel like cotton, leather, velvet, or sandpaper, depending on the kind you’re dealing with.
It may look like a stain on a wall or some wallpaper may bubble up.
If you notice something like this, inspect it by touching it and smelling it. Mold often gives off a musty smell.
Look in the basement, anywhere that your appliances are, near windows, in the shower, air ducts, and in any enclosed spaces where there’s a possibility of water damage.
This is where mold will be most visible.
Looking for Hidden Mold
Much of the time, mold will be hidden behind paint or wallpaper.
It also appears in spaces between walls, notably where water damage may have occurred recently.
There are a couple of home remedies that test for hidden mold.
One is to use a mold testing kit, but they’re unreliable and you have to submit it to a lab to get an accurate result.
The other way is to purchase a borescope.
To use one, you drill a small hole in a wall you suspect of being infected (because of recent water damage, etc.).
Then, you insert the borescope sensor and cable into the hole and check the monitor for signs of mold.
If you find areas of discoloration, then you likely have some mold.
It’s hard to tell on the borescope screen how far the mold has spread.
It’s a helpful tool, but odds are you’ll have to call a professional to get reassurance.
If you’re truly concerned, you should hire a professional to come in and search your home.
All you have to do is Google search mold tests in your area.
For example, searching “Mold Test in Pittsburgh” should render you a quality professional in the Pittsburgh area, where humid summers create mold problems for residents.
Hiring a pro is the best way to be sure that you either do or do not have mold in your home.
If they discover some, they’ll also be the best option for getting rid of it so you can get on with your life.
Test for Mold ASAP
It’s important to test for mold periodically, even if you don’t think you have any issues.
It can pop up without any signals, making you and your family ill and confused.
Don’t hesitate to call a professional to get rid of your mold problem.
A small inconvenience now will save you from big trouble later.
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