Mabinay, Philippines (PRWEB) December 9, 2004
EnvirosurfÂ, a global environmental search directory, recommends that homeowners, tenants, and employees do all-around home and workplace mold inspection and testing to learn if they are living or working in toxic mold.
Comprehensive mold inspection and testing are recommended if a resident or worker is experiencing possible mold health symptoms, or he can see or smell mold growth anywhere indoors, or if there have been water problems.
The most common mold-causing water problems are roof leaks, siding leaks, plumbing line leaks, sewer line breaks, a wet crawl space or basement, flooding, high humidity, and/or water damage.
ÂJust doing one or too few mold samplings may miss the true extent of mold contamination,Â cautions Phillip Fry, Certified Mold Inspector, and author of the ebook Do-It-Best-Yourself Mold Prevention, Inspection, Testing, and Remediation.
Whether a concerned property owner, tenant, or employee hires a Certified Mold Inspector (USA only), or uses do-it-yourself mold test kits (world-wide), here are the best spots to test for mold problems:
Â Visible Mold Growth: Use the clear Scotch tape lift sampling technique to collect at least one mold sample from each separate indoor mold growth area.
Â Air mold testing: Use Petri-dish, do-it-yourself mold test kits to test the air of each room, attic, basement, crawl space, garage, and the outward air flow from each heating/cooling register.
Â Outdoor control test: Use a mold test kit to take a control test located outdoors 5 feet beyond the roof rain drip edge.
Whether the tester self-interprets the visible mold growth results after 7 days, or hires mold lab analysis and mold species identification, he compares the types of molds (and mold colony count per type) with the outdoor mold control test.
If one mold type has more colonies growing in an indoor mold sample than the outdoor mold control, there is a presumption of an indoor mold contamination source causing the greater mold colony count indoors.
Similarly, if one mold type is growing in an indoor mold sample, but none of that type is in the outdoor mold control, there is a presumption of an indoor mold contamination source causing the indoor presence of that mold type.
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