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The Safest Ways To Locate Mold

11/30/2020 (Permalink)

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The Safest Ways To Locate Mold

A search for mold growing in a house may lead to exposure to high concentrations of spores, microbial volatile organic compounds and other potentially harmful substances. If signs of a mold infestation are not readily visible at a house in Wilmington, MA, homeowners should arrange for an indoor environmental specialist to inspect the premises and take samples for analysis in a laboratory.

Contactless Visual Inspection
The most important rule for finding a mold at a residence is looking without touching. Making contact with fungus prior to obtaining the results of a mold test may pose several risks:

  • Allergen exposure
  • Exposure to toxigenic mold
  • Spreading spores

Even if mold is not toxic, close proximity or direct contact with an infestation may still provoke a strong allergic response. Wearing personal protective equipment is advisable while searching for mold growing in a house. Contact is also the primary mechanism by which spores spread.

Professional Inspection
A professional inspection performed by an indoor environmental specialist can minimize a homeowner’s risk of mold exposure. These trained experts can take samples to submit for analysis in a laboratory or use advanced imaging equipment to locate mold that is obscured by walls.

Lab Testing
Only scientists who have access to precise lab equipment can positively identify the type of mold in a particular infestation out of hundreds of thousands of species. Testing can cost hundreds of dollars and may be scheduled prior to the start or at the finish of remediation to confirm that mold has been removed.
As soon as the musty smell associated with mold growth becomes evident at a home in Wilmington, MA, the property owner can reduce his or her risk of exposure by immediately contacting an indoor environmental specialist. If you look for mold, wear appropriate personal protective equipment and do not spread spores by touching or otherwise making contact with fungal growth.

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