Can I Test for Mold Myself?

Many people ask themselves this question when the first begin to wonder if their home has mold or not. The answer is, yes, you can test for mold in your home on your own with a testing kit. These kits are somewhat effective in diagnosing a mold situation in your home by yourself. If you’re wondering where you can find one, just look to your local home improvement store or online. Just be aware that these kits will not test for every kind of mold that exists.

What are Popular Brands?

First Alert

First Alert has inexpensive kits that can test 9 different areas in your home and can tell you if there is mold or not. If you want to know specifics like type of mold, you will need to send in samples to a lab so that they can analyze them. This would be an additional charge and is not always reliable. Many people who buy these kits claim that it takes a long time to receive results and that it’s not worth the money.

IAQ

IAQ is another brand that has a low price kit that tests for 32 different types of mold including black mold. You will receive your results quickly and in your own home. It will only test one area for mold so if you need to test multiple, you will need to buy more kits. This can be pricey and often doesn’t make sense if you’re going to have to pay to remove the mold as well.

Mold Armor

One of the best low cost kits that you can get, Mold Armor, is capable of determining whether mold is present or not. For specific results you will have to send a sample to the lab in order to determine the type of mold. As usual, this service comes at an extra charge. This kit is a little bit better than the other two but still has some of the same problems of taking too long and requiring more money if you need to test other areas.

Just Get a Professional

Most consumers aren’t pleased with the level of quality of DIY Mold Test Kits that they have bought to use on their homes. It is much more practical to hire a local mold remediation company to come and test your home. The results will be precise, quick and scientific. Professionals know exactly where to test for mold and how to test to get the best result. These results also won’t take long to get back to you. Companies like Water Damage Zone are certified in mold remediation and not only can test your home for mold but provide a way to quickly remove the troublesome mold from your home for good.

 

 

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Toxic Mold in New Home

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Gutter Clogs Can Cause Catastrophic Damage to Homes

 

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Cleaning out your gutters is something that you may take for granted and hopefully you do it at least once a year. Many homeowners fail to realize that a clog in a gutter can cause a lot more damage than just that to your home. It is important to note when one of your drains seems to be emptying improperly and take steps to repair it before the damage becomes greater.

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Foundational Damage

Clogged gutters can cause the water to pour right over the sides of the gutters and to collect around the foundation of your home. This will inevitably lead to cracks in the foundation as well as its general deterioration. Even without direct damage to the foundation, this water can cause mold to grow which will cause more damage to the home over time.

Damage to Landscaping

The landscaping of your home may look nice but it should also serve to functionally route water away from your home and towards shrubbery and trees. These features can become damaged over time from improperly draining gutters. Water can create new pathways in landscaping, directing itself towards structures that will become water damaged over time.

Wood Rot

The boards that often hold gutters in place are themselves made of wood. When they clog up and fill with water, they overflow and begin to rot. These gutters will cause water to flow out of the sides and down the side of the home. If the home has any wood on it at all, this will begin to rot as well. That is why it is extremely important to ensure that all of your gutters are functioning properly 100% of the time.

 

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Mold in New Homes

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You may not want to believe it, but it is possible for mold to grow in new homes. Once the mold takes hold it is often costly and time-consuming to remove. Also, having recently constructed a home it’s something that new homeowners wouldn’t expect to happen to them. All mold requires is that the spores come into contact with moisture so that they can begin to grow.

Sealing Joints and Wall Cavities

To make sure that mold doesn’t penetrate your walls or home in any way, it is of the utmost importance that you seal all wall joints or penetrations that could allow moisture through. It is important that you take special care to seal all of these areas in the basement or attic, as these areas are more likely to grow mold in them.

Well Ventilating Every Room

Allowing airflow to travel from room to room throughout the house is important so that mold spores aren’t allowed to settle in stagnant rooms. Once settled, they begin to take hold, feeding on organic matter, including your walls and furniture. Make sure that you air out your home at least once a day by opening a window in every room and turning fans on around the home.

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Condensation

By controlling condensation in the home you can avoid the buildup of moisture that causes mold to grow. High-performance windows help resist condensation as well that could lead to the growth of mold in your home. Purchase a dehumidifier for rooms where you constantly have condensation forming around windows or other surfaces.

Preventing Mold in a New Home

Preventing mold in a new home requires that the home be properly constructed as well as ventilated. If you are having problems with humidity or moisture in your new home it is important to call a water damage company before the condition worsens. Water Damage Zone is committed to making the necessary repairs to ensure that your home stays mold free.

 

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Van Nuys, CA 91411

Black Mold in Rotting Wood

Most homeowners have encountered dry rot and know about its structural implications, but many do not know that it is a home for all types of mold including one of the most deadly, black mold. Mold causes dry rot to spread extremely fast and can cost you thousands of dollars in reconstruction costs. This doesn’t include the impact that mold has on the health of the home’s inhabitants.

Black Mold and Dry Rot is Often Unnoticed

Many don’t even become aware of the presence of dry rot and black mold in the home until it is renovated. When walls and fixtures are removed it allows you to look inside of the home where mold is allowed to grow undisturbed for extended periods of time. Anything can cause mold to grow in the walls including leaking pipes, high humidity, or mold spores spreading from another source.

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Dry Rot and Black Mold Needs THIS to Grow

Black mold and dry rot can occur on wood in the home anywhere that is dark. It needs the following four things in order to establish itself on the wood of your home:

Oxygen
Moisture
Temperatures between 50 and 90 degrees Fahrenheit
Food Source (in this case it is the cellulose in wood)

By eliminating access to these, mold will eventually wither and die. Unfortunately, when it is growing on wood, it has constant access to a food source and is hard to remove. For tricky situations like this it is best to call professionals.

Removing Dry Rot

Getting rid of dry rot is tricky and time consuming. It often requires chemicals, replacing whole parts of the structure of the home, and heavy detailing when cleaning. In order to ensure that this process is completely correctly, it is best to hire a home restoration company like Water Damage Zone, to inspect and repair the damage. By incorrectly repairing dry rot and black mold, you risk causing further damage to your home and the health of its inhabitants.

 

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Van Nuys, CA 91411

Asbestos and Your Health

Asbestos is commonly found in the insulation of homes and can be inhaled if damaged. It was commonly used because of its resistance to fire in addition to being able to adequately insulate a home. Older homes constructed between the 1940’s and 1970’s could possibly contain asbestos. This should be removed and replaced with another insulator that is less harmful to your health.

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Where is Asbestos Found?

Asbestos is found in many different building materials including some types of:

Vinyl flooring
Glue
Linoleum
Window caulking and glazing
Roofing
HVAC duct insulation
Siding
Plaster
Paint

When is Asbestos Harmful?

Whenever a material containing asbestos becomes damaged, it is dangerous to your health. The fibers if left unharmed will not hurt you. However, if the material becomes damaged it is even possible for asbestos fibers to become released into the air where they can be inhaled. If you see any materials with asbestos that are damaged, do not go near them. Call a professional to come and assess the situation to determine the proper course of action.

Asbestosis

When some experiences prolonged exposure to asbestos they can develop a condition called asbestosis. Knowing if you’ve been exposed directly to asbestos will help in determining if this is the cause of your medical condition. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms following asbestos exposure, you may have asbestosis:

Constant dry cough
Tightness in the chest
Loss of appetite
Swollen fingers and toes
Chest pain
Weight loss
Shortness of breath
Dry, crackling noise in lungs
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms you should see a doctor and talk to them about your asbestos exposure.

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Van Nuys, CA 91411

Summer Humidity Brings More Mold

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In order for mold to grow it needs moisture. The summer heat causes our homes to become humid and then they can allow mold to start growing. Once the humidity reaches a certain level it is inevitable that mold spores will start to cling to surfaces and begin to grow. These are some ways to keep the humidity level down in your home.

Know Where Wet Areas Form

Study your home to assess and figure out where the wet spots are forming in your home. It is important to know these areas and how you can keep them as dry as possible. Keeping dry towels near areas where condensation forms and wiping them down also helps. Never leave any wet objects lying around in the house. By keeping wetness to a minimum you will help prevent mold growth.

Properly Ventilate Your Home

Make sure that your home has ventilation in every room so that moisture can escape. This is even more important in rooms such as basements and bathrooms. Use an air conditioner and dehumidifier in rooms that need better humidity control. This will ensure that the moisture is never allowed to produce the perfect conditions for mold growth.

Properly Route Drainage Systems

Make sure that any water drainage systems are carrying water away from the house and not towards it. This will prevent water from resting against the house and leaking inside. This also means you have to repair any gutters and drains that may not be working properly. Make sure that water always has an exit so that it won’t linger around your home.

Design Air Flow in Your Home

By using exhaust fans, setting up oscillating fans, and opening windows, you can create air flow in your home. This is important in keeping your home dry and free of mold spores. Try to allow the air to flow through your home as much as possible. By keeping your home airy and dry, you’ll make sure that mold won’t be able to grow inside.

Aggressive Mold Growth

For mold situations that are extreme and out of hand, don’t attempt to fix it yourself. Call professionals like Water Damage Zone, we are trained and have the proper tools to get the job done. Give us a call and we will have one of our Mold Specialists come to your home for a free inspection.

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Call Water Damage Zone, Inc. today (877) 520.1923– your future bills may be a lot smaller, if you follow these simple tips. You can also visit our sister company for further information on restoration services at Best American Builders.

We specialize in the following services:

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Corporate Office
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Van Nuys, CA 91411