# Homeowners’ know-How: Mold Testing

Molds have existed since time immemorial and have been part of our natural environment; and is still a cause for vexation to all homeowners.

It is a fungus that has destructive nature when left unattended, with a rapid growth rate when living conditions are met and will continuously digest whatever surface they are growing on.

With a sporadic presence, it can pose great damage to the structure of your home and create a risk of health problems such as cough, congestion, fatigue, flu-like symptoms, allergies and other respiratory problems.

When moving into a new house or to a long-time unoccupied apartment, it might be a smart move to look for a mold testing.

Although its microscopic spores are invisible to our naked eyes, it is no doubt that a small colony has formed in moist areas and in humid zones that would be easier to spot.

When its spores land on a moist surface, it often grows swiftly which will lead to your woods swelling and rot, and deteriorating other surface materials within your home.

## As it causes a myriad of concerns, it is better to consider conducting  mold testing to put your mind at ease.

### Conducting a Mold Testing

Visual confirmation of its presence is a testament that mold is growing and infesting inside your house. It can be either blue, black, or green in color and can definitely grow in areas that are hard to see such as in the corners of walls, under your sink, cracks in the ceiling, or in your air ducts.

There are also situations where molds can grow in your drywall and carpets. A house that has been vacant for a long period has a high chance of housing these fungi.

Mold testing should also be done if your abode has experienced some water damages of any kind like a leaky roof, broken pipes, or places that collected water over time and have been stagnated for an extended period.

At a glance, calling for a professional’s aid can be expensive as a comprehensive mold inspection service can run-up to an average of $650 but prices may still vary depending on the house’s size that will be inspected. Conversely, homeowners can expect to pay up from$300 to as much as $1,000 for a thorough test to be done in every nook and corner of your house. For owners who are tight on a budget, they can spend as little as$40 for an inaccurate mold test kit. It will surely tell you a mold presence indoors, nevertheless, it won’t be able to recognize how much is present and how high the level is.

Costly it is, it’s still better to hire an expert and locate all molds growing in your house to mitigate further damages, the earlier the better.

In hindsight, not only you are able to prevent a situation where you need to spend more to restore your property back to its former glory, you can put your mind at ease knowing that your family is safe from any harmful airborne molds, toxins, and any possible health concerns.

### Getting one step ahead from molds

If you are a real estate owner and are selling several of your properties, it can get tough and oftentimes lead to numerous concerns to pile up.

You have to think of improving your sales, expanding your business, remodelling some houses, effectively applying cost segregation services to take advantage of tax savings, and ensuring that houses that are up for sale in the market are well-maintained.

But this can be too taxing for you to do simultaneously – and we do not want to risk losing a potential deal just because some molds have invaded the interior of the house.

The best way to go is to hire a professional mold inspector and have them remove all presence of molds that threaten your properties.

Not only are you able to save your time and effort, but you can also improve your client’s trust in your superb services by presenting a well-kept residence for them.

For ordinary homeowners and tenants, aside from having to spend the exorbitant prices for mold services, pinpointing its cause and preventing it from spreading again would be the best solution one can do.

It is wise to know the condition of your abode and see if it has a history of leakage; fixing leaking roofs, broken and rusted water pipes, and fixing the areas where water can seep in should be a top priority.

Always keep the interior clean and dry, you should dry promptly the things that have gotten wet as moisture is one of the conditions for molds to thrive.

And lastly, control the humidity inside as extreme humid conditions can provide enough moisture for molds to grow. Installing vents in the kitchen and bathroom area can keep moisture under control.

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