Molds are fungi that are part of the natural environment and can be found everywhere, indoors and outdoors, year round. Mold is not usually a problem unless it begins growing indoors. No one knows how many species of mold exist but there could be hundreds of thousands or more. Molds grow best in warm, damp, and humid conditions, and spread and reproduce by making spores. The best way to control mold growth is to control moisture. Molds can be found almost anywhere. They can grow on virtually any substance, providing moisture is present.
Do You Need to Test Your Home or Business for Mold?
There are many testing methods that can detect molds. They can be used to find mold particles suspended in the air or growing on surfaces. Mold tests can provide clues that help find hidden mold, but the growth still has to be found by looking for it so that it can be removed. At AAA Restoration, we can evaluate whether testing is warranted and we can advise against testing whenever the problem can be corrected without it. Testing may be useful as part of an investigation, but it is never a substitute for a visual inspection.
Types of Mold Testing Offered at AAA Restoration:
- Air sampling: Air sampling tests the concentration of mold spores in your home’s air. Samples are taken from the air and are examined under a microscope. Air tests can tell you if you have a mold problem even if you cannot find the mold growth.
- Surface testing: This type of test takes samples from household surfaces to find the amount of mold growth and spores deposited around the home. Samples are collected by swabbing, tape lifting or other methods. The sample is then examined in a laboratory.
AAA Restoration can complete visual inspections, air sample testing and surface testing to detect mold growth. We can thoroughly inspect all areas in your home that could potentially contain mold. Hiring a qualified mold professional who is experienced at collecting and analyzing mold samples will always lead to the most accurate results. If you are living in the Salt Lake City, Ogden or Provo areas of Utah, and if you want to learn more about testing for mold, please contact AAA Restoration at 801-263-9990.