There’s nothing worse than discovering mould spores in your home. Sometimes, it is a quick and simple situation; like wet bath towels being put against a wall. Other times, it is a lot more serious than that.

Regardless of the situation, mould is something you cannot leave for later. If it is left alone, it spreads and becomes more severe. Let’s take a look at why testing for mould is so important, as well as how you can carry out the tests yourself.

Why Mould is Dangerous 

Generally speaking, green and black mould are the most common forms. The former of these are usually found on old food that has been left out for too long, while the latter like to lurk in damp spaces.

Black mould is the most dangerous of the two, and while mould usually causes the most issues for those who are allergic or suffer from respiratory conditions, it can actually impact those who are perfectly healthy.

When mould spores spread through the air, they are inhaled by us as we breathe. From there, they make their way into our lungs.

For healthy people, this doesn’t tend to have any effect unless this has been going on for an extended period of time. If you or your family have asthma or allergies however, you may find that you have difficulty breathing, rashes, coughing, a sore throat, and itchiness. In the most severe cases, it can lead to hospitalization or even death. Mould can also affect our pets’ health, leading to fever, respiratory issues, and general lethargy.

Thankfully, the process of cleaning mould is not as hard as it seems. There are loads of great methods you can use for cleaning every surface and material that might be affected. This is something that is discussed in this mould and mildew removal guide.

Why Test for Mould?

Aside from the fact that mould is labelled as the Silent Killer (perhaps a little dramatic, but there is some truth to it), there are a number of reasons why you should take the time to test your home for mould. They are as follows:

  • To create a baseline for future mould testing.
  • To establish the presence of mould and its severity so that you can fix it
  • To establish the parameters of remediation
  • To find a hidden mould that may not be visible to you but exists in your home
  • To prove that all of the mould is gone following a remediation
  • To confirm there is no mould when buying or selling a home
  • To test for mould growth after the flooding of a home or office
  • To support a legal case for poor living conditions or other such circumstances

These are just some of the most common reasons why people test for mould. It is important that you understand what is happening with your home, especially if you experience things like damp.

Additionally, it is very important that you have a home tested for mould before you move in and receive official results. The damage caused by mould can be devastating to the structure of your home as well as your health.

When Should You Test for Mould? 

So, when is a good time to test for mould? You’ve seen a little in the above section, but there are some good guidelines that you should follow when going through the testing procedure.

  • When you smell a musty or mouldy odour
  • After any flooding or an event that causes water damage
  • After a leak that has been around for more than 24 hours
  • When you spot an unusual stain on furniture and flooring
  • If you suspect there is mould but cannot see any
  • If members of your home are unwell without any apparent cause

Bedroom Critic recommends investing in a dehumidifier to help reduce the smells that go hand in hand with mold and mildew in your home.

How to Test for Mould 

If you want to save a little cash on getting the professionals out, you can test for mould yourself. It’s not hard to do, but it is important to remember that the professionals have access to better equipment that may be able to detect mould better than home methods. Here are the DIY steps that you can follow:

  • Take a few drops of bleach and place it on the affected area using a cotton swab. If it lightens after a few minutes you are likely to have mould. If it remains dark, it’s probably just dirt.
  • You can also buy a mould testing kit that will help you determine if there is mould in the area, but it works pretty much the same as the above method and does not tell you the type of mould or how to fix it.
  • Some mould can cause rot in your walls, and this is very dangerous. Take a screwdriver and use it to probe the area. If it crumbles, there is likely mould and fungi growing inside and causing damage to the structure.
  • Check for hidden leaks. You can usually tell that there is one because there will be mould growing around the pipe. Leave the water running, and check each mouldy spot you find for any dampness. Sometimes the leak is quite far from the pipe, so you will have to be thorough.
  • Look for outside leaks. You will usually find these on the exterior of the building, or you may see them on your ceiling. These damp spots could be on the roof or near the foundations, and you will need to closely check the interior of the walls to make sure they are still safe.

To Conclude 

Mould is something that should be taken seriously, and testing for it means that you can keep an eye on the state of your home, but also nip any potential problems in the bud. The testing process is fairly easy, and it can be done by you instead of hiring someone else. Get it done sooner rather than later and find out what your home’s health is like.