Home Inspectors Often Find and Test for Mold In Wisconsin
Home inspectors often found substances that appear to be mold or they smell 'musty' odors in an area of a home. When mold is suspected there can be confusion about mold and how it can affect a home environment.
Mold refers to organisms that can be found outdoors and indoors and are part of the kingdom of Fungi. Mold can be found everywhere and is in the air we breathe. It belongs to a class of living organisms of their own. The role of fungi is to break down "dead" materials. Unlike plants fungi do not make their own food and need other living organisms to survive.
There are many types of fungi which can include mold, mildew, and mushrooms. There are many different types of mold. It is believed there could be as many as 300,000 different varieties of mold. Mold has many different colors and some mold can be harmful to humans. Mold easily travels through the air in microscopic spores and can travel very long distances.
Where mold becomes a problem is indoors in homes. Mold spores will not grow without moisture present. This is why it is critical to prevent moisture intrusion into homes. When mold grows on moisture it can digest whatever it grows on and cause damage. Mold can damage wood and drywall and cause significant structural damage if allowed to grow for long times. It can also damage furniture and other household items.
One of the biggest problems with mold is health problems associated with mold. Some people can be highly sensitive to mold in a home. The problem of health effects and mold is controversial as there is not a lot of data on the specific health effect of mold on humans. Different mold species are considered possible health hazards while some molds are considered harmless.
In addition to being a possible health hazard the smell associated with mold can be very unpleasant and make an area have an odor due to the mold growth. It is also aesthetically unpleasing to observe.
The only way to know what type of mold is present in a home is by doing a mold test. Air sampling and swab sampling are two of the most common methods of mold testing. Air sampling involves taking particles in the air and having them tested for mold spores. Swab sampling usually involves testing visual mold growth. Samples are sent to a lab and tested with a report on the specific mold types reported. During mold testing control samples of the outside air just outside the home should be taken and checked against the indoor air tests to compare the mold amounts and identify potential problems.
Make sure is you have your home tested for mold you use a certified mold testing professional. At Dairyland Home Inspection we are nationally certified to provide mold testing using air sampling or sample testing. We serve Racine, Kenosha, Milwaukee, Waukesha, and Walworth Counties.