Where can mold be found?
Many renovation projects will involve mold. Whether it started out as cleanup from a flood or the mold was found along the way, mold needs to be dealt with. If you're not sure how to handle a project involving mold, consider hiring a professional.
Mold typically flourishes in moist, dark areas. It can grow in bathrooms, basements, attics and even inside the catch trays of refrigerators and air conditioners. Mold can irritate individuals with seasonal allergies and other respiratory conditions, and act as a potential trigger for asthma attacks.
If I find mold should I have it tested?
Probably not, mold testing is not usually recommended. Testing is expensive and provides very little useful information. If you can see mold or smell mold, there's mold. All molds should be treated the same in terms of cleaning and removal and the time, money and energy devoted to testing are better spent removing the mold. Even if testing is done, there are no standards to determine if the types of mold or the concentration, will cause an adverse reaction.
What you can do...
of Public Health
Mold Information Page
Centers for Disease
Tips for Hiring
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