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Leaky roofing and leaky pipes can cause a lot of damage to a house. If you don't act quickly, these two problems can result in major repairs that can get quite costly and complicated. My blog will show you how to identify these problem areas and how to judge the severity of the damage sustained. Having restored a few homes over the years before selling them, I have a lot of experience working with water damaged homes. I hope that all of the information that I have included here in this blog will help you get through the process with fewer issues.


water leak damaged homes - the restoration

Ways To Test For Mold In Your Home

by Paul Burton

Mold is a fungus. It thrives in areas that are dark and damp, and it eats the material on which it is growing. In nature, mold helps break down decaying plant and animal matter. However, in your home, mold may become destructive and hazardous to your health.

The presence of mold is associated with health concerns, such as allergic reactions, chronic coughing, flu-like symptoms and migraine headaches. If you are experiencing health problems that you believe are due to mold, it is important to confirm mold growth in your home so that effective mold removal can be performed. Here are a few ways to test for mold:

Use a home mold test kit.

If you prefer to collect a sample yourself, you can purchase a home test kit. These kits allow you to collect samples of what you believe to be visible mold. It's best to collect samples from different areas of your home for the most accurate assessment of your home's mold problem. The specimens are mailed to a mold testing lab for analysis. Once the results are available, the findings are sent back to you.

Call a professional.

Mold testing can be conducted by a professional mold removal specialist. The testing usually involves the collection and analysis of mold samples. Since mold specialists are trained in sample collection, there is little chance of sample contamination, and your test results are usually accurate.

How do professionals gather and test mold samples?

  • Air Testing. This type of test is normally performed by a professional. Air samples are acquired from inside your home, and the samples are later evaluated using a microscope. Even if there is no visible mold growth, an air test will detect the presence of spores.
  • Surface Testing. Surface testing involves removing a sample of mold from a surface in your home with a swab, a piece of tape or some other type of material of transfer. Although, surface testing will identify the presence and type of mold in your home, it will not identify the concentration of airborne spores that you may be breathing.
  • Material Testing. With a material test, a piece of material is collected from your home and examined for particles of mold. 

If you suspect that you have a mold problem, your home needs to be tested. Professional testing is the most accurate and reliable way of confirming the presence of mold. Contact a mold specialist like Authorized Services today for an appointment.