What to expect
Mold assessments start with a visual inspection, where the person doing the inspection will go through the house checking for areas where it’s very common for mold to grow undisturbed. If there is any mold found during the assessment, your AWA mold inspector may take a physical sample of the mold to take back to the lab and test for the mold type. The inspector may also run an air quality test. This is a test that uses a special piece of equipment with the ability to take a sample of the air in a room and test for which types of mold spores are found in the air. It also lets you know if there is a very large amount of harmful mold spores in the air.
Why do you need a professional test?
There are a couple of reasons you would want to get a professionally performed mold test. The first reason is that DIY kits aren’t very sensitive. They may be able to detect mold where it exists in high concentrations such as areas where there is visible mold growing. Professional equipment can capture more of the mold spores floating in the air and also tell if you if there are any issues with the amount of mold that you have in your home. Not using a professional test could leave to a false-positive test or not being able to capture enough of the mold spores preventing you from knowing if there are any harmful mold spores in the air you breathe. You may also contaminate the samples that you collect due to not being professionally trained to handle these types of situations.
Is Mold Dangerous?
Mold can be dangerous especially those who are immunocompromised and have weak immune systems or bad respiratory systems. Contact with mold spores can cause increased asthma attacks and pneumonia.