Mold can make your home uncomfortable—and unhealthy.
A mold allergy can cause coughing and eye irritation. It can also contribute to other symptoms that can make you downright miserable.
For some people, their mold allergies are linked to asthma. In this case, exposure to mold can lead to restricted breathing and other problems.
Mold can wreak havoc on your body. It can cause your immune system to overreact if you breathe in spores. If you believe you have mold in your home, you may want to perform mold testing.
If you have a mold allergy, the best thing that you can do is to limit your exposure to it. Remediation can help you avoid the potential harm of mold, but first, you’ll need to hire a professional service to conduct mold testing.
To learn more about whether mold testing is reliable, read on.
Is Professional Mold Testing Reliable?
Nearly everyone’s seen commercials that promise the impossible. Whether it’s a miracle water commercial or an advertisement for exercise machines that make losing weight super easy, it seems like there’s at least one outlandish advertisement during every commercial break.
Most people don’t believe these advertisements, and the advertisers know this. However, companies continue to make ridiculous claims because they make plenty of money off the people who do believe in their false promises.
At the same time, these kinds of commercials make it hard to believe that anything is truly worthwhile. As a result, you may wonder if a mold testing service is reliable.
The answer is yes. When a reputable service provider performs mold testing, it’s 100% reliable.
A professional mold testing service collects samples and then sends them into an independent third-party laboratory for analysis. They’re experienced in using scientific methods to identify mold. Once we receive the results back from the accredited lab we can then provide solutions for the remediation contractor and how to prevent the mold from reoccurring.
The key, however, is to find a reputable contractor. A potential mold testing service should have years of experience and also should include a thorough mold inspection at the same time as the testing. By finding an expert, reputable mold testing service, you can fully trust that their services are reliable.
Avoiding Mold Rip-Offs
In relatively recent years, there’s been a considerable increase in public awareness about toxic mold. As a result, there’s been a significant increase in demand for mold remediation services. Unfortunately, there’s also an increase in malicious actors using the public’s fear to execute scams.
It’s important to find a trustworthy mold testing service. If you make the unfortunate mistake of hiring a scammer, the only thing that will disappear is your hard-earned money. However, the mold will remain.
When searching for reliable mold testing services, there are a few things you should avoid. For instance, never hire a service without a current and official mold assessors license.
Also, stay away from companies that offer testing as well as remediation. In most instances, this kind of company will almost always recommend remediation services. In Florida, this practice is against the law and should not be performed by one contractor on the same property.
It’s also a good idea to stay away from services that offer free mold testing or inspection. A free assessment is a sure sign of a scammer.
Sampling by itself is not always a good idea. A thorough visual mold inspection and moisture survey will help identify areas of concern within the building and then sampling should be performed in the suspect areas to verify the actual conditions. If someone only samples, they may miss the opportunity to capture the test in the most appropriate location of the home or office.
Mold Testing for a Safe Home
Mold in your home is a major concern. It can pose a threat to your health. Also, common types of house mold can spread fast, causing extensive property damage.
Some mold is more toxic than others. However, the differences are nuanced and hard to detect.
If you find an area of mold larger than 10 square feet, it’s important to call a mold testing company right away. A professional mold testing company is the most accurate and safe way to evaluate mold for toxicity.
A professional mold assessor company will develop an effective plan for the removal of the threat. The removal plan ensures that the mold is properly and safetly removed and will not return.
Next, they’ll follow up with another mold inspection. By doing so, the mold testing service will ensure that the threat of mold in your home is completely gone.
It’s easy to remove mold that you can see. Yet, not all parts of a mold infestation are visible. A professional mold testing service will make sure contractors have removed the infestation completely.
Getting Rid of Mold: Choosing the Right Mold Testing Pro for the Job
The best way to know if mold testing is reliable is to find a trustworthy service. You can start by asking friends and family members for referrals. You can also check with industries that specialize in certifications like the ACAC (American Council of Accredited Certification) or the IAQA (Indoor Air Quality Association)
Once you’ve narrowed down your list of mold testing services, you can start to call companies. You can begin by finding out if they take projects of your scope and size. Find out what they offer during their visit along with pricing.
It’s also important to know how long a mold testing company has been in business. The answers to these questions will reveal the quality of a company’s services.
Trust Us to Ensure Your Home Is Healthy and Safe
Elite Mold Services, Inc. has proudly served Orlando and Central Florida homes and businesses since 2006. We’re a reliable source of mold testing and information for the community.
The President of Elite Mold Services, Inc. is a Certified Microbial Investigator (CMI) with the ACAC and is an upstanding member of IAQA. Also, all of our inspectors are state licensed Florida mold assessors. You can count on our expertise to ensure that your home is safe and free of mold.
Most homeowners know that mold is highly dangerous. Resultantly, some companies will overcharge for the service. However, we’ll always charge a fair price based on the work that we perform.
If you have a mold infestation, contact one of our friendly experts today at (407) 490-4272 or connect with us online to schedule an inspection.