Before we get off on a tangent and go somewhere where we don’t want to go, I’ll tell you right now that it’s mold, M-O-L-D, the four-letter word that strikes fear into the hearts of almost every home will. It’s not always black, though most often it is dark in color. That’s its defense against the sun’s ultraviolet rays.
Usually it’s quite easy to tell if you have a mold problem. Either you will smell a musty odor for you will see mold actually growing on the surface. Mold will quickly spread along a surface but can also travel rapidly by air. That is why it’s important to fix your mold problem as soon as possible. You don’t want mold spores contaminating the otherwise clean areas of your house.
There are two choices when it comes to removing mold. Either you can do it yourself or hire someone to do it for you. Should you choose to hire someone make sure they have experience in mold remediation. What you don’t want is a demolition crew coming in and wrecking your place while spreading mold spores throughout your home.
The professional mold remediator will almost always want to perform one or more mold tests. While it may be obvious to you that you have a mold problem, he will need to know the extent of the infestation. He will require some objective method of determining whether or not he has successfully solved your problem.
This is where the test for mold comes in handy. Microscopic mold spores may still remain even after a thorough cleaning. You won’t see them and you won’t smell them. The only way to tell if mold is still there is to perform a test.