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A mold test for the home is one of the most common and easiest tests to carry out. Mold and mildew are causing home owners an increasing number of health problems. Many health experts have likened mold and mildew health issues as sleeping with the enemy. Unfortunately both mold and mildew can be found in many hidden sources within your home such as:-

  • Behind dry walls
  • Leaks in the roof
  • Under carpets and carpet padding
  • In wood

Of course, there are also obvious places like around showers, baths and damp basements. Surprisingly even some Christmas trees can breed mold, releasing millions of spores into a room that can cause winter allergies as well as asthma attacks. Not exactly a Merry Christmas. Mold and mildew spores may even be hiding in your pillows, what a nightmare! Some people think that you’re more likely to have mold and mildew in the home when living in a wet climate. This is not strictly true. Dry climates can also attract mold and mildew spores.

Don’t kid yourself, mold and mildew spores can be deadly. When you consider that hundreds or even thousands of mold and mildew spores can be found in one cubic foot of air, there’s a problem. The airborne spores are invisible to the naked eye so you won’t be able to see them. Health experts agree that an incredible 20,000,000 spores can fit onto a postage stamp, no wonder they can be deadly. What's more, mold and mildew spores can lie dormant for decades until favorable conditions help them to spring back to life. The type and severity of mold and mildew symptoms are made up of a number of factors. The extent of exposure, your age, general health and sensitivity to allergies can play a part where symptoms are concerned.

According to health specialists, all types of mold and mildew have the potential to cause ill health and in some cases, kill. If you have medical problems due to the effects of mold and mildew in your home, you might be experiencing the following:- 

  • Muscle and joint pain 
  • Headaches, anxiety or depression 
  • Memory loss or visual disturbances 
  • Immune system issues and fatigue 
  • Shortness of breath
  • Telltale signs of mold and mildew in the home

The Mold Test at Home:-

If left unchecked mold and mildew can quickly become a major health problem in your home. Don’t worry there are plenty of telltale signs and smells to look out for. Small dark spots on the walls, black patches on the ceiling, between grout lines in the bathroom and a moldy smell should be screaming out that you have a problem.

There are many different reasons why mold and mildew may be thriving in your property for instance:-

  • Condensation
  • Water leaks
  • Damp basement
  • Poor ventilation
  • Dust
  • High humidity

If your property does show signs of mold and mildew why not consider having a full property inspection? Don’t leave it to chance. Harmful spores could cause other irritable symptoms like asthma, itchy skin, a sore throat, coughing or sore eyes. A mold test is as simple as taking a sample and testing it right there at home. 

Mold and Mildew

Mold and Mildews cause asthma like allergies and respiratory problems for many people. More severe molds like black molds, need to be removed urgently as they can cause chronic illness and allergies including viruses and body pains. Mold is needed in our ecosystem but should remain in the outside world. Having mold and mildew in confined spaces is unhealthy and can be serious. Mold is controversial in the science world as it is not known how exactly it affects us on all levels but it is known that too much can make us sick. If you have a problem with mold or mildew or are not sure what it is all about, read the following resources to get a better idea and learn how to be mold free!

About Molds: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: www.cdc.gov

Symptoms and Treatment: www.medicinenet.com

Mold and Moisture: United States Environmental Protection Agency: www.epa.gov

Locations for EPA agencies: www2.epa.gov

Testing for Mold at Home: www.hometests.com

Mold Allergies: Asthma and Allergy Foundation America: www.aafa.org