The controversy over mold testing and the potentially harmful effects of mold is driven primarily by opinionated proponents on both sides of the mold testing issue with their own agenda.
SIDE 1 – “MOLD IS NO BIG DEAL”
There are some who will tell you that mold is no big deal and mold testing is not necessary. It is interesting to note that those who make such irresponsible statements also disclaim everything they say and require you to sign forms saying they “disclaim” any mold…or even others who warn you to wear a respirator and rubber gloves when cleaning mold. Why? If mold is “no big deal”, why bother signing a disclosure or protecting your lungs and skin from it? The answer is; because mold can be a very big deal and the only way to really know for sure is by proper testing for mold.
SIDE 2: “MOLD WILL KILL YOU AND EAT YOUR HOUSE”
That almost sounds comical, but there are those “Chicken Little” types out there who will tell you that mold is the “end of the world” and try to scare you in to spending a fortune to rebuild your home, which just happens to be the business they are in. Because of the newness of the industry and the lack of official standards for investigating and reporting mold conditions, there are some unscrupulous “opportunists” out there who seek to capitalize on your naivetй. Proper mold testing by a third party mold inspector, like our firm, is the best way keep zealous mold contractors in check and provide you with accurate assessments of indoor mold conditions.
Whenever you hear statements that seem extremely biased to one side of the mold testing issue or the other, be cautious. Our advice is, make sure the person testing for mold has no personal interest in how your mold tests come out. The truth is, under certain conditions, mold does have the potential to cause very costly damage to property and poses a serious health threat to humans and animals. Plain and simple. But not all mold problems are catastrophic by default. Again, the best way to get an accurate and unbiased assessment of your mold condition is to have proper mold testing done by an uninterested third party mold inspector like IAQ Corp Certified Mold Inspectors.
Does mold cause health problems with everyone? Of course not, but if you are susceptible to mold allergies or have other medical issues, there is a high probability that you will have an adverse reaction in moldy environments.
As for Property Damage, the very nature of mold is to decompose matter. Over a period of time, mold can destroy anything and everything it comes in contact with, including your home and personal belongings. Does the fact that mold is present automatically mean your property is doomed? Of course not. But the longer it goes un-addressed, the more damage it will cause.
The difference between a minor mold problem and a major problem is
a) How long before you discover it, and
b) how long you wait to do something about it.
WHY TAKE CHANCES?
If you suspect your property has a mold problem, the first responsible step is to take swift action. Having your home or office inspected and tested for mold will tell you whether you have a small clean-up project or a job that requires professional mold remediation. If you require mold remediation, an independent mold inspection will assist in determining proper abatement procedures and help keep your remediation contractor honest.
Call us today to schedule an appointment with an experienced IAQCorp Mold Certified inspector to provide you with the information necessary to make an educated home purchase decision by increasing your understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of the home.
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