How many residences have mold in them? Experts believe just about every one – particularly those in our Philadelphia metro area, where we experience high humidity. Mold is a living organism, meaning it grows just like everything else that’s alive. When it’s growing in your home, you need residential mold testing services to determine how much exists, where it exists and what species of mold it is.
Some people say, “Why do I need residential mold testing, when I can’t see any mold anywhere?” The answer is, because mold can be hiding in out-of-the way places where you don’t think to look. It can be growing and spreading inside heating and air conditioner vents, in the darkness under sinks, in corners of a basement, anywhere in an attic.
And even if you looked in all those places and found no mold, that doesn’t mean it’s not there. Mold is a fungus that exists in the form of tiny spores. It doesn’t grow to a dangerous level overnight. Residential mold testing uses sophisticated procedures to find mold that nobody can see and then follows up with mold remediation services before mold can create a health risk for people living around it.
Two primary circumstances provide the ideal breeding ground for mold: dampness and poor air circulation. Dampness can result from very humid conditions as well as from leaky pipes, windows and roofs. In poorly ventilated areas, air doesn’t circulate well. Combine that with dampness, and you can almost guarantee the growth of mold.
Attics that are rarely opened can be a particular problem if there’s a leaky roof above them. Mold can grow and spread for years and infiltrate other parts of the house – especially when the attic panel is opened occasionally.
Residential mold testing regularly turns up mold in basements. Bad window seals can allow in water from rain and snow, and the leak from a hot water heater, if it’s minor, may go unnoticed for years as may leaks from pipes. Basements rarely have good air circulation, so the stage is set for a potentially high level of contamination.
It’s unfortunate, but mold is one of the easiest substances to make grow. All it takes is a little moisture and a still, closed-up space. Once people learn this, there is much they can do to prevent mold from growing in their home.
But if mold is already there, call MoldRemovalPhiladelphia.net, the mold professionals, so we can find out how much exists, where all it exists, and what kind of mold it is. Residential mold testing can then be followed up with expert, safe mold remediation. Call us at (610) 710-1414, or you can contact us through our website.