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Mold Testing

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Mold thrives in a wet basement, with damaging effects to your property, your air quality, and your health.

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Mold loves to grow on sheetrock, molding, and wood, and also hides behind the wall on the wall studs and insulation.

Mold Testing

The humidity from the constant dampness of a wet basement, coupled with an abundance of mold food provides ideal conditions for mold to grow and thrive. In finished basements mold feeds on the sheetrock, wood studs, insulation, doors, window frames, and wood molding. Even unfinished basements are a paradise for mold spores – cardboard boxes, books, papers, leather, wooden and upholstered furniture, and wood beams in the ceiling all grow mold.

There are many varieties of mold, some more dangerous than others. Individual sensitivities to different types of mold also vary from person to person. Prolonged exposure even to relatively non-toxic mold can cause headaches or respiratory and breathing problems.

ACM offers inexpensive, comprehensive mold testing, which can even be done at the time of your basement waterproofing estimate. The testing involves drawing two air samples – one from the air outside of your house to use as a control, and one from your basement to determine the types of mold, the concentration of each type, and how elevated the mold levels are considering the normal levels in your neighborhood. The test includes a full lab report documenting the results.

If you have visible mold, or if you have a finished basement where mold can be lurking behind the walls, ask about getting a mold test.

Before removing mold in your home, it is important to first eliminate the water source that is causing the mold problem. If the water problem is not addressed, the mold will come back.

For more information about mold, check out this mold guide from the US EPA.