Q&A: What’s an easy way to find out if your house maybe has mold that you can’t see that is causing allergies?

life cycle of mold

Q&A: What’s an easy way to find out if your house maybe has mold that you can’t see that is causing allergies?

Kevin,

What’s an easy way to find out if your house maybe has mold that you can’t see that is causing allergies?

[Name Removed for Blog]

————————————————–

Dear [Name Removed for Blog],

Since mold spores are everywhere, you really need to determine if the mold spore count in your suspected living space is abnormal in relative terms. This means that multiple measurements need to be done in various places in, under and outside around your home. If one area inside is above average counts, you then need to investigate further for high water, moisture or humidity levels.

 

Mold Related Allergens Are Invisible!

We do not test for mold because it is a conflict of interest, but happy you to refer a credible indoor environmental professional (IEP).  One excellent local IEP is Renee Ward of Air Matters Mold Testing Services (http://www.airmattersmoldtesting.com) at: (919) 961-2221.  Baseline testing runs in the the $400 range. It is not worth your time or money to even consider an off the shelf testing solution. Ultimately finding and proper removal of the conditions that lead to mold, and then the mold itself is the solution in general. Then of course you need to determine if mold is really causing the allergies in the first place. This is a medical investigation requiring a much larger malpractice liability policy.

Bottom line…. No real easy way. Happy to provide real-time guidance at your convenience so please call me.

About the blogger, Kevin Oakley is the Owner of.EMERG-NC Property Rescuers and an American Council Accredited Certified Residential Microbial Remediator (CRMR) and his firm is Certified by the Institute of Cleaning and Restoration Certified (IICRC). EMERG-NC Property Rescuers does not perform Indoor Air Quality or Surface Sampling for credibility reasons but works with only Certified Environmental Scientists that are accredited with American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) and/ or are both Certified Mold Inspectors and Certified Indoor Environmental Professionals. Please contact directly for details, please visit his website at: http://nc-property-damage.com  call (919) EMERG+NC   (919) 762-3070 or email: kevin.oakley@emerg-nc.com
——————–