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Does Your Home Or Business Have Mold?

You may think you don't, but mold is a very common problem. Mold likes damp places, and most buildings are guilty of having at least one spot that could become moldy. Mold is also, more or less, impossible to keep out. Mold spores can get in via the air, the skin, clothing, or pets. And most of the materials that people use to construct buildings support mold growth. Just about anything made out of wood material, for example, can grow mold. 

Unfortunately, mold can have a real impact on people with sensitivities to it, and there are lots of people who might be vulnerable. For example, people with allergy issues, those who are immunocompromised, people with asthma, and some otherwise perfectly healthy people can react to mold. It is sometimes hard to detect when those with chronic allergies or asthma are dealing with mold because it is simply an additional trigger for their illness — one that is often not visible. It would just be a trigger that wouldn't correlate with pollen count, allergens, or their activities — or it could be a trigger that does correlate with those things, but their reactions are more extreme than they normally would be. If you have a household member who seems to be struggling more than they normally would be and you can't find any outlying reason, it's worth having your home tested for mold. 

As far as businesses go, especially if you have a larger business and perhaps an older building, you should probably have the premises tested for mold. You may have people working for you that you don't realize are vulnerable to having mold sensitivities. You may have had complaints about an odd smell and accompanying headaches or other reactions and not really connected it to mold. Sometimes mold is not visible, but it can still be widespread, and large colonies of mold do have a scent about them that people can pick up. 

Because there is a variety of mold species that can affect buildings, it's probably best to have your building inspected by a mold testing service. As well as being able to test for multiple different varieties of mold, many mold testing services also work to eliminate mold. They can determine whether or not you have mold and where, as well as what the best way to eliminate mold would be. And because they work in a variety of homes and businesses, most of them understand that each building and situation needs to be tackled in a way that will impact your home life or business practices as little as possible. 

To learn more, contact a mold testing facility.