Your home needs protection from mold growth to maintain a high level of indoor air quality. Experts can remediate mold through techniques such as fogging and targeting affected material with cleaning, encapsulation, or removal.
However, for proper mold remediation, your home needs to have mold testing (environmental inspection) to determine the cause of the mold growth and the particular types of mold that must be addressed.
What exactly does “mold” encompass? Although you are familiar with the mold that appears on old bread, you probably don’t know much more about what the inspectors will look for. In this post, we’ll go into detail about what mold testing covers and how some mold threatens human health.
Cool Air Mechanical offers mold remediation and mold testing in Atlanta, GA that will keep your home safe and comfortable. Call us today to schedule an environmental inspection.
Mold Inside Homes
Mold is a type of fungus that grows in multicellular filaments. (By contrast, yeast is a fungus that can grow as a single cell.) Not all mold growth poses dangers to humans, but a few common species do: mold testing targets these, although it will seek to eliminate all mold as a precaution.
According to the Center for Disease Control, the most common molds inside homes are Cladosporium, Penicillium, Aspergillus, and Alternaria. The molds that will affect indoor air quality are the ones that produce mycotoxins, which are responsible for the breathing troubles, irritations, allergic symptoms, and unique health problems that molds can trigger inside a home. These are referred to as “toxic molds,” even though the mold itself isn’t toxic; the spores it produces are.
The most problematic mold when it comes to health concerns is Stachybotrys chartarum, which can grow on fiberboard, paper, and within dust and lint. However, the danger level of Stachybotrys chartarum is irrelevant when it comes to mold testing, since, according to the CDC, “[i]t is not necessary… to determine what type of mold you may have. All molds should be treated the same with respect to potential health risks and removal.”
When you schedule mold testing, you target all the molds that might have developed in your house, regardless of their toxicity level. Expert mold testers will find where mold is growing and identify the methods needed to remediate it. Be assured that with professionals on the job, you will have all dangerous molds eliminated, along with the benign ones as well.
Cool Air Mechanical offers many services to improve your indoor air quality, from installing air filters to conducting mold testing, in Atlanta, GA. Call us today to learn how we can make your home a healthier place for your family.