Every home has mold spores, but only moisture will allow them to germinate. Toxic mold can cause serious health symptoms such as respiratory problems, skin inflammation, hemorrhage, irritation of the mucous membranes, damage to internal organs, mental impairment, tiredness, nausea, immune system suppression and even lead to death. Your homeowner's insurance policy may not cover mold damage.
About Mold Screening
When a mold screening is requested with no suspect conditions present, a minimum of 2 samples is required. When a mold test is requested with visible mold or other suspect conditions present, the number of samples varies subject to unique conditions of each subject property. Swab and/or air samples are taken. Fee includes 2 samples.
Mold screening is recommended before clean-up to determine the type of mold. The type of cleaning company required is determined from the test results. Names of companies that perform clean-up may be provided once the type of mold is determined.
Black Mold - Stachybotrys is One of the Toxic Molds to Beware Of
Black mold is extremely dangerous to humans because it produces mycotoxins. It usually appears as a greenish-black gelatinous substance if near a water source. If the source of moisture has dried up, it can appear powdery. If this kind of mold is suspected, it absolutely must be tested.
DO NOT TRY TO REMOVE MOLD ON YOUR OWN. REMOVAL COULD CAUSE IT TO SPREAD IN YOUR HOME AND WORSEN ANY HEALTH SYMPTOMS.