Having mold in your home or other dwelling is not something that most people want to even think about. A well-informed home owner probably already knows that a bad infestation of black mold can mean the death of a home’s value if it’s severe enough. This is one of the main reasons that the new mold test kits have become much more readily available for those that think they might have an issue with mold. Whether you are a home owner and responsible for the problem yourself or a home or apartment renter that can get no response from a landlord, these test kits can be invaluable!
A Little Water is a Big Deal
Many times a home resident may not think that when a water damage issue is cleaned up quickly enough that a mold issue did not have time to develop. The incubation period for mold can be as little as 24 to 48 hours! This means that even if you have a small flood from a busted water pipe that is left long enough for the water to seep into places like carpeting , baseboards of underneath a cabinet, then that water may not be dried out fast enough to prevent mold growth.
This kind of water issue is not as concerning as when you have an ongoing leak that you may not know about. Even if you have a humidity problem in your home somewhere, it can allow mold to begin to grow and spread over time. Take an air conditioning unit for example, even cool condensation that become a mold issue in your unit itself or in your air ducts. It might be quite some time before you ever smell the mold that has been growing so prosperously!
Roof leaks in your attic, basement walls and floors or crawlspace areas are other places where there can be ongoing water issues that will cause mold. Sometimes weeks or months can go by before you really recognize that tell tale odor of mold. Once you do smell that mustiness, it can already be a big problem. When you see a sign of mold somewhere, like under a cabinet, on wood beams in a basement or crawlspace, or even around window frames or doors to the outside, you can actually be kind of lucky. This way you may not have to do a mold test to know it’s already there.
Get the Kit
When you aren’t sure whether or not mold is present, like after a home flood or humidity issue, that’s when buying a home mold testing kit can be very helpful. It can cost less than $50 dollars to get a kit that can tell you in a matter of minutes whether or not you have a mold somewhere in your home. It is a very small investment for a lot of peace of mind.
Before you call in the big water damage company to find mold that may or not be there, spend that small amount of cash to let you know first. Pick a test kit that will give you the fast results instead of one that requires collecting samples and mailing them in to a lab somewhere and waiting to get a positive or negative result.
Whether you have mold for real or not, a home test kit can be a very inexpensive precaution that could end up saving you thousands of dollars in home repair cost later on. If you are almost certain there is mold in an apartment or home you are renting, get a test kit and prove to your landlord that you are not just imagining things!
There are numerous physical signs that you can be on the lookout for if serious mold infestation is present in your home. Recurring symptoms of colds such as wheezing, runny nose and coughing can be an indicator of present mold. Even rashes that have no sound explanation can be a sign. Keep in mind that small children, elderly people or people with compromised immune systems can be especially susceptible to mold exposure!