When you visit the doctor with a routine complaint, they’ll often run a number of tests. This isn’t necessarily because the doctor thinks you have this or that condition—but it’s important to know for certain. It just wouldn’t be prudent to dismiss the possibility of a serious condition. You’re better off knowing exactly what you’re dealing with and finding the correct treatment for the problem—especially since medical testing is so fast and efficient.
What does this have to do with mold?
A lot, actually.
Many Americans simply take up arms against a mold infestation when they notice it. In many cases, they don’t notice it at all. What many Americans don’t realize is that mold comes in hundreds of different varieties, and different levels of toxicity. They also may not realize that with a simple, fast and affordable lab test—carried out by a qualified mold testing specialist, then can know with absolute certainty:
The species of mold they’re dealing with
The extent to which the colony has grown and expanded
The best strategies for eradicating the colony and preventing regrowth
Mold testing is affordable
It would be nice if mold testing were as cheap as a cup of coffee, but unfortunately, scientific lab work does come at a price. The good news is, the price for many small-to-moderate homes will often be $300 or less. Bigger properties, or cases where mold growth is varied and extreme, will generate higher testing costs. But for the most part, you can expect to be pleasantly surprised by the cost of highly accurate lab testing.
Mold testing is fast
A qualified professional should be able to enter your home and quickly find samples of mold for lab testing. This is not, of course, an instantaneous process. Specialists are careful about inspecting the interior of the home and coming away with good samples. But experienced pros will be able to get in and out with a minimum amount of inconvenience to you.
Mold testing is accurate
Companies who are licensed to perform mold testing are experienced and knowledgeable about the microscopic appearance and characteristics of hundreds of different mold species. As long as you bring in a reputable service provider, you can count on highly accurate results that get to the bottom of your mold problem.
The bottom line is that mold—especially the many different species of toxic mold—is not something you want to play around with. The two main areas of concern are the health of those who come into contact with it, and the integrity of your real estate investment. When you consider just how easy it is to have your home or business professional tested for mold, the argument for mold testing is virtually ironclad.
So if you have mold in your home, or suspect the presence of mold, contact a qualified mold testing or remediation specialist to schedule a test. Whatever the results, you’ll be in a much better position to deal with the problem at hand.
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