What to expect
AWA Mold inspections will go through a very thorough process of not only looking for visual signs of mold but will be taking air quality tests in order to find mold spores in the air. This appointment is usually completed in just an hour. If there is visual mold, AWA may take a physical sampling to their lab in order to test what kind of mold is growing in that area.
Why do you need an air quality test?
Mold isn’t always visible. In fact, mold usually grows in dark and damp areas. This usually happens after there is a flood or leak in the home that allows water to soak into porous materials like drywall. After the water comes into contact with a porous material it soaks all the way through and starts growing on the other side that usually isn’t seen from the outside.
Be aware of DIY kits. They don’t have the sensitivity that professional air quality and physical sample testing equipment has. This will lead to many of the spores of potentially dangerous molds and mildews not being caught with DIY kits.
Mold is very common, especially with the weather in Texas. It can be potentially very harmful, especially to those with weakened immune or respiratory systems. It commonly causes increased incidences of asthma attacks and allergic reactions, which poses a significant threat to those who are at risk.
If mold continues to grow without detection it can become very expensive to remove the mold. It’s best to get a mold inspection as quickly as possible if you have any suspicion that you may have mold in the home and remedy the affected area in order to save yourself money. Whether you just moved into a home or have been living in the same house for many years, it may be time to get a certified mold inspection for your home, apartment, or commercial building.