After owning the same house for more than 20 years, it came time to decide whether to sell the home or fix it up. And after weeks of contemplation, I realized that I just was not ready to close the door on all the memories held in the home. But I also didn't want to live in a shabby old house anymore. So, I decided to do get involved with some restoration projects – the kitchen, bathrooms, and living room were all updated, as well as the roof. I also redesigned the entire property's landscape to give it a brand new look. Now that everything is complete, I miss the process! So, I thought I would relive some of my favorite projects by sharing ideas, tips, and tricks for renovation that might interest you. Hopefully you'll find the things I have to share inspiring and encouraging.
One of the biggest concerns for new property owners is the danger of mold growth inside the house. Since indoor mold growth can be difficult to find, you may want to work with a specialist to help you test for it. One of the best ways to identify it is by working with an environmental remediation company to test the property. Here's a look at what you can expect from the process.
How Is Mold Testing Done?
Understanding the process helps you to know what you can expect. Here's a look at what the mold testing contractors will do.
Testing The Air - Air sampling is the process used to check the air in your home for mold spores. The testing company will use a spore trap to do just that. The spore trap will collect samples of air throughout the room. Those samples can be tested for mold spore presence. If there are mold spores detected in the air, you'll also find out exactly what type they are and how concentrated they are in the space.
Checking Surfaces - The surfaces of your walls, floors and other areas also need to be checked. This testing tells you if you have mold growing in those areas, but also tells you if there are spores being distributed through the house. The samples from surfaces are taken using a sticky tape-like product that's applied and then lifted. The tape is then sealed closed to protect the sample.
What About Visible Mold?
Since sampling is designed to help you identify mold that you can't see, you might think that you don't need it if you already have visible mold. The truth is, sampling can still tell you quite a bit. It can help you determine if the mold spores are spreading throughout the building or if they're remaining concentrated in one space. This helps you design your remediation plan to ensure that you eliminate all of the spores in the building.
In addition, this testing can also tell you exactly what kind of mold spores you have. Since it can be tough to discern with the naked eye, it's important to identify them as accurately as possible. After all, some types of mold spores are more concerning than others.
Mold can grow between the walls and in hidden spaces where you might never even know it's there until it has overtaken the space. With tips like these, you'll be able to easily recognize the presence of mold and determine exactly what kind you have. For more help, contact a mold remediation company like Colfax Corporation.Share