many valid and valuable reasons to perform mold testing.
Here are just a few reasons:
establish a baseline for future testing. This allows a
mold professional to track and evaluate the progress of
mold abatement activities. If the current levels are
unknown, it is difficult to establish that progress has
establish the presence of mold and the justification for
Many remediators and insurance companies will not
authorize or undertake mold remediation if the presence of
mold growth is not scientifically demonstrated.
3. To set
the parameters for the remediation.
Many remediation companies will not initiate an abatement
project without the input of a testing company to define
the boundaries of the affected area needing remediation.
identify the types of mold present, i.e. "natural" or
In many cases the residents are interested in the types of
mold present, and the possible relation to symptoms they
may be experiencing. This also helps to monitor the
improvement in air quality as the remediation progresses.
5. To find
out the levels present.
Although mold is mold, and its presence calls for
remediation, it is useful to know if the ambient airborne
levels are in a range of thousands, or hundreds of
thousands. For example, this may affect decisions
regarding the timeliness of remediation, and the continued
occupancy of the premises.
6. To find
Mold growth may often not be visible in a house, but known
water intrusion or a moldy odor provides cause for
concern. Testing will identify if there is a mold problem,
even when there is no visible mold growth.
“clear” a remediation, that is, to show that all mold is
gone after remediation.
Often, mold remediation will miss a mold-contaminated
area. Testing of the air in the contained work area will
assure that the levels inside the work area are reduced to
ambient levels. This also provides documentation for
future real estate transfers that the mold was properly
and effectively removed.
"establish" the lack of mold, as in a home purchase.
Sometimes a homebuyer will have concerns about mold when
purchasing a new home. This may be as a result of a bad
experience with mold in their previous residence. Mold
testing can provide the peace of mind that there are no
problems with elevated airborne mold in the new house.
9. To show
that a flood has not yet created mold growth.
Floods in homes and offices can occur due to breaks in
plumbing lines, or failure of plumbing fixtures. After the
cleanup and drying, it is useful to test for mold to
assure occupants that mold has not grown as a result of
support a legal case.
A lawyer or plaintiff usually needs to have objective
evidence of the presence or absence of mold and mold
exposure to support a legal action. Testing can show
scientifically that mold was, or was not, present.
else is just looking around.