How do mold testing companies identify all that toxic mold?
The news today is filled with reports of mold growing in homes and businesses, mold that can be dangerous and even deadly if left unchecked. You may have heard about EPA warnings over this “toxic” black mold, and the terrible things it can do to respiratory systems. You might even think to yourself that the mold you see in your building could be toxic black mold, and become worried about it.
While it is perfectly reasonable to be worried about mold in your building, the good news is that “toxic” black mold is very, very rare, and most molds are in no way “toxic”. But how can you be sure? What do mold testing companies know about your mold that you don’t? Read on to find out!
What Mold Testing Companies Know About Mold That You Don’t
The media is constantly talking about how big of a deal mold is in buildings. Advanced Mold Diagnostics agrees with this, and thinks that mold is a big problem, and should be addressed quickly and efficiently. But what many people don’t understand is that mold isn’t a big deal for the reasons that the news says it is.
Most of the focus on mold in the news focuses on “black mold”, a toxic mold with all sorts of horror stories attached to it. “Black mold” is a very vague term, and it’s not actually very descriptive. “Black mold” is actually just a generic name for a very specific type of mold that is toxic. The scientific name for the mold is Stachybotrys chartarum, a dark-colored mold that produces toxic spores. The CDC website on this mold lists it as “not as common as other molds, but not rare”. S. chartarum produces mycotoxins that can damage the human respiratory and immune systems.
However, it’s rare enough that when you see mold in your building, it is usually not “toxic” mold. The representation of toxic mold in the media is vastly exaggerated. But how can you be sure?
The purpose of mold testing companies is usually not just to see if you have mold or not. If you’re calling mold testing companies, you probably already know that you have mold, right? And it’s already enough of a problem that you’re calling a professional. So you don’t need someone to tell you that yes, you have mold. What you want to know is how big the problem is and how dangerous it is. If you own a business or medical center, you want to know if it will hurt your patients, or damage your building. You want to know if it could be a medical issue for your employees. You don’t want to be told if it is mold or not–you can see that for yourself.
Professional mold testing companies use state-of-the-art equipment to scan and test your building for mold. They’re not looking to see if you have mold. They’re looking to see if your building has mold in HVAC systems, any leaky plumbing, mold in between layers of drywall, and collect samples of mold to see what kind it is, and if it produces toxins.
So when you hire a professional mold company to look at your mold problem, know that they can tell the difference between dangerous or “toxic” mold and mold that isn’t hazardous to your health. They can also tell you how far the damage has gone and if you need to hire a professional mold remediator. If you are worried that the mold in your business or medical center might be hazardous or destructive, give Advanced Mold Diagnostics a call today. We’d be happy to help.
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