Air testing is not a guaranteed method of testing for hidden mold but is the best method to determine the possibility of an active mold problem if done correctly by a qualified individual.
Mold are a naturally occurring part of our environment. They play an important role in the outdoor environment by breaking down dead organic matter and keeping the environment healthy and productive.
In indoor environments the presence of mold may cause unhealthy conditions for inhabitants and lead to decay and destruction of building materials. Mold may start growing and spreading within 24-48 hours of water damage occurring!
There are thousands of types of mold in our natural environment and none will grow without moisture. Mold reproduces by creating spores that become airborne and can enter our bodies through inhalation or ingestion. Some molds may create toxins that also become airborne.
Spores and mycotoxins have been known to cause numerous conditions in the body such as Allergic rhinitis, fungal infections (skin and lungs), asthma, Hypersensitivity pneumonitis, Bronchopulmonary aspergillosis, Organic dust toxic syndrome, Pulmonary hemorrhage in infants. Many common symptoms such as eye irritation, runny nose, sore throat, and fatigue are often overlooked.