Reason to test for Mold
Testing can provide a baseline mold inspection that is essential to every home buyer and homeowner in Florida because not knowing there’s a problem doesn’t make it go away. The more information you have about a problem, the easier it is to deal with it.
- For homebuyers in Florida who are concerned about mold when purchasing a new home. Mold testing is critical in areas where flooding from heavy rainfalls during hurricane season can cause potential damage. In such a big decision.
- For verified mold assessment and verification of the need for mold remediation. Most insurance companies will not authorize mold remediation without providing proof of reliable testing.
- Mold testing helps to create the justification and gives outlined protocol to follow for mold remediation. A testing company should be consulted to help define the necessary steps to fix an affected area for the Mold remediators.
- Testing helps identify the types of mold that are present in the home environment and gives detailed information about the various levels of each type of mold. Residents are often concerned if mold is related to symptoms they may be experiencing.
- Sometimes mold is not visible within the home’s immediate visual structure but may be a cause for concern as a product of a water leak, or they can smell a musty or moldy odor.
- In support of a legal case, such as, with a landlord and tenant situation, where scientific evidence is needed to support the legal action.
What does Mold lab test results mean?
There is currently no standardization of lab tests on mold testing. Since no standardization is set different labs may interpret the same samples differently. You could give several different people the same copy of lab test results for them to explain and you might get several different opinions as to the results. However, if you tell the several people what you want to find out from those results and explain what the visual assessment results were and some history of the building, such as, if it was recently in a flood, you are likely to get most of the people arriving at the same conclusion. Lab test results are meant to answer specific questions or prove or disprove a hypothesis that was formulated before collecting the samples. A clear objective for collecting the mold samples needs to be clarified before lab testing. There are three common goals for collecting mold samples:
To find out if building materials or contents are colonized by mold...
is one of the main reasons for obtaining samples of mold. The mold may or may not be easily visible with the naked eyes depending on what stage of growth the mold is at and how the color of the mold compared to that of the material it’s growing on.
To learn whether the indoor environment has “normal and typical” types and amounts of airborne mold spores
Mold spores are found everywhere including indoors. Mold can become a problem when it grows indoors. Some molds that grow indoors, like the species of Stachybotrys and Aspergillus are known to be highly toxic mycotoxins. These molds, when found in high numbers, can pose a health threat to the homeowners.
To find out if mold removal was effective is another reason for obtaining mold samples
Clearance testing helps make sure mold removal or remediation efforts were successful. After defining what the sampling objective is we must decide on the which types of samples, we need to collect. The types of samples gathered is determined by what kind of data you need to answer your questions or prove or disprove your hypothesis.
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