Black Mold Inspection

 

 

We recommend a thorough black mold inspection of your entire home if you experience any symptoms of black mold exposure. Black mold can cause, or contribute to the development of, numerous health problems, some of them quite serious. If you have any symptoms you think might be related to exposure to black mold, you need to do a black mold inspection right away, before your symptoms get worse.

Of course, many things other than black mold can cause these kinds of symptoms, and we recommend seeing your physician for an examination and diagnosis. However, there are no medical tests that can determine if your symptoms are in fact caused by exposure to black mold; your physician will need to know if you’ve been exposed to the mold in order to help make an accurate diagnosis and develop the proper treatment plan.

Symptoms of Black Mold Exposure

A wide range of symptoms have been linked to exposure to black mold. It should be noted that not everyone exposed to black mold experiences all of these symptoms; some people may develop no mold-related health problems at all. Some people become very ill as a result of exposure to black mold, however. Elderly people, small children and those with pre-existing health problems are most likely to be affected, but anyone can become ill if exposed to black mold.

Some of the commonly-noted symptoms of black mold exposure include:

  • Asthma attacks
  • Trouble breathing
  • Sneezing
  • Coughing
  • Sore throat
  • Eye irritation
  • Hives or rash
  • Headaches
  • Lightheadedness
  • Fatigue

Performing a Black Mold Inspection

If you suspect you may be suffering symptoms of black mold exposure, you should conduct a thorough black mold inspection of your home. Use a powerful flashlight so you can see into dark areas. Begin at one end of the house and work your way toward the other, systematically checking every place mold might hide.

Make sure to check all of the following places carefully:

  • Basement
  • Attic
  • Garage
  • Bathrooms
  • Behind toilets
  • Showers and bathtubs
  • Kitchen
  • Refrigerator
  • Under sinks
  • Laundry areas, including behind and inside washing machines
  • Around windows
  • Under any carpet that has been damp
  • Under and behind any upholstered furniture that has been damp, including under couch cushions
  • Inside heating and air conditioning ducts (remove covers and look inside with your flashlight as far as you can see)

Look for visible mold, black or dark gray in color. Patches of mold may be very small, only a couple of square inches, or very large, covering a surface area of several square feet. Patches of mold may appear white around the edges. It usually looks rather slimy.

If you find black mold in one area of the home, chances are there is mold growing in other areas of the home as well, even if you cannot readily spot it. Black mold spreads easily and rapidly. Since mold can grow in hard-to-spot locations, like under carpets, inside walls and inside heating and air conditioning ducts, you might want to call in a professional to inspect your home for mold if you are experiencing symptoms of black mold exposure. If you have mold in one area of the house, there is a good chance there is mold in other areas as well and it’s important to find and remove all mold in order to prevent or reverse mold-related health symptoms.

Why We Recommend Calling a Professional for a Black Mold Inspection

  • A professional will know how to find all the mold in your home, including places homeowners often miss.
  • A professional can test any mold found in your home to determine what type of mold it is, which will give you more information about possible health risks and help your physician in making an appropriate treatment plan if you’re experiencing symptoms of exposure to mold.
  • A professional will provide you with tips to help you do the job yourself, if you choose not to hire a professional to remove the black mold from your home.
  • A professional will come back to your home after the mold removal has been completed to make sure no mold was missed.

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