Getting Your House Tested for Mold

One of the most frustrating issues with mold is that if you live in a town like Jacksonville, Florida, it’s almost guaranteed that if you don’t have your house checked regularly, that mold infestations might go out of control.

What is Mold?

Mold is a type of fungi that looks like some sort of thread-like or fuzzy-like network of growth, usually in different colors (including black). They thrive in places where ultraviolet light won’t hit them, and they need a high level of humidity or moisture to grow. It’s no surprise, then, that many parts of a house’s structure are vulnerable to mold infestation.

For human beings, the problem with mold infestations is their spores. Many people are sensitive to the spores, and exposure triggers allergic reactions of varying degrees. It gets even worse, however, as some kinds of mold also have toxic substances, be it on the mold itself, or with the spores. This can cause many medical issues, particularly if there is long-term exposure.

As for the structure of the house itself, do remember that the mold is eating through whatever organic matter is there. If part of your structure is organic in nature (like wood), then mold can be a danger for structural integrity, if the infestation is large or serious enough.

Finally, mold can also be a food issue, as mold spores will thrive on food. Ingesting enough mold can and will result in digestive disruptions, some of which can be serious enough to warrant a visit to the hospital.

When should I call in a Jacksonville mold testing team?

Here are some of the telltales that it’s time to bring in a mold testing team:

  1. You start seeing unusual growths
    Once you start seeing unusual growths, like mold tufts or fuzzy spots on furniture, walls, or even some personal belongings, it’s time to call in a mold testing team. This is particularly true if the mold seems to be spreading measurably on a daily basis.
  2. You start smelling “moldy” air
    The environment indoors has to be conducive in order to grow. In the beginning, it may be just that the local atmosphere is turning your house into a perfect environment for mold. If you feel that the inside of your house has a lot of humidity or condensation, then even if you don’t smell anything, it’s time to have your place tested.
    On the other hand if you already smell an outdoorsy, organic component to the air inside the house, then that leaves no question about having a mold infestation, just one of what kind of mold it is, which can be tested.
  3. Health issues
    As mentioned earlier, people may already be having allergy attacks, but the situation can be more than that. For example, if a loved one or you are expecting a child, then you should have your place tested by a Jacksonville mold testing team. Children are vulnerable to mold spores, and in fact, there is evidence that they can even activate what was supposed to be a dormant or potential asthma health issue in babies.
  4. Water damage and real estate issues
    After a rain or any other wet-weather disturbance, you should do a cursory check of your house. If you feel that a mold infestation may be starting, then it’s time to call in a mold testing team. This is also important if you are planning to buy a house or sell your existing one, since you’ll want to know what needs to be cleaned, or in the case of a seller, you’ll want to know if you’re being given an overvalued house.

Finally, you can also check for mold if it’s part of an ongoing legal concern where the condition of the house or apartment is a key detail in the case. Proper mold testing and inspection should then be done for a report to be submitted to the courts.

What do Jacksonville mold testing teams do?

The primary job of a mold testing team is to assess the mold infestation in your house, find out how much of your house is affected, and with what kind of mold. After that, they can then prepare an in-depth report, with an attached set of suggestions or proposals on how to remove the mold, and how to prevent mold from taking root in the future, after the mold has been removed.

The can check and test molds from the following:

Roof and ceiling area

Your attic, ceiling, roof, and gutters are all important places to check out for possible leaks, where water can make a microclimate that is perfect for mold to start growing in.

Garden and garage

The outdoors areas of your property most probably have mold already, particularly if it’s a garden. However, that should be no problem unless the landscaping of the garden looks like it’s drawing water towards your house. The garden and the garage, needless to say, should be tested aside from the house itself.

Foundation, crawlspace, and basements

Regardless if you have a solid foundation, a basement, or a crawlspace, you have to have these areas tested for mold, as these areas are well known for having the right amount of moisture and darkness to encourage mold growth. Even worse, if the mold is affecting foundation components, then you’re looking at structural instability in the future.

Calling a Jacksonville mold testing team is one of the few ways you can be sure of what’s up with your house when it comes to mold.