Mold Testing in Houston TX

Mold Testing in Houston TX
Mold Testing in Houston TX

At Asbestos & Mold Services LLC, we provide Mold Testing in Houston TX and surrounding Texas areas.

Mold spores, invisible to the naked eye, can be found everywhere, both indoors and outdoors. Spores make their way into a building either through the air or after attaching to objects or people. Open windows, doorways and ventilation systems are all gateways through which spores can enter. Clothing, shoes and pets can all facilitate the arrival of mold within a building.

Mold will only grow if spores land somewhere that has the ideal conditions for growing - places with excessive moisture and a supply of suitable nutrients. If this does not happen, molds do not normally cause any problem at all.

Mold growth is usually noticeable - it is usually visible and often produces a musty odor. Mold can often be found in areas where leakages and flooding have occurred and near windows where condensation builds up. Wet cellulose materials are most supportive of mold growth, including paper products, cardboard, ceiling tiles and wood products. Wallpaper, insulation materials and upholstery are other typical launchpads for mold growth.

Health Effects of Mold

Breathing in elevated levels of air borne fungi can cause an allergic or toxic response and occasionally infection in an otherwise healthy individual. Those who have a weakened immune systems and live in an indoor environment with high levels of fungi are of particular concern. Infants, young children, the immune compromised, and the elderly are at an increased risk for experiencing adverse health effects related to mold exposure.

Do you suffer from sinus problems? According to a study by the Mayo Clinic, "An estimated 37 million people suffer from chronic sinusitis... Our studies indicate that, in fact, fungus is likely the cause of all of these problems."

Houston TX Mold Testing
Houston TX Mold Testing

Superior Mold Testing in Houston TX

There are several ways that we test for mold in the Houston TX Area homes and commercial buildings:

  • Air Samples: A specialized mold air sampling cassette is connected to a high-flow air sampling pump. 15 liters of air per minute is drawn through the cassette for a pre-determined time, causing the spores in the air to impact on the slide within. This test allows us to determine the species and levels of mold spores in the air.
  • Bulk Samples: A sample of the substrate with the suspect mold intact is taken and sent to a third party laboratory for analysis. This test confirms the presence or absence of mold on a surface.
  • Tape Lift: A surface with visible mold growth is sampled with clear sticky tape. The tape is place on a clean glass slide, sealed in a plastic container, and sent to laboratory for analysis. These results allow us to estimate the concentration of mold spores on a given surface area.
  • Swab Samples: A surface suspected of having mold growth is wiped with a pre-moistened cotton swab. The swab is place in a sealed tube with a liquid solution and sent to the laboratory for analysis. This test confirms the presence or absence of mold on a surface and is often used for post removal testing.

If you or someone you know suspects that they may have mold in their home or place of business in the Houston TX area, College Station and the entire Brazos Valley TX, Katy TX, and the Humble & Kingwood TX area, call us at 713-890-2003.

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