If you're reading this, chances are you've noticed a mold problem in your home. You may be wondering if the mold is toxic, like certain varieties of black mold that you've read about. You may not be aware that some harmful molds are nearly invisible because they are pale or pinkish in color and may blend in better with their surroundings than the more evident black mold. You may smell mold in your home and not be able to actually locate it; it could be in your ducts, behind your walls, or in your crawl space.
A mold expert will be able to locate mold even if it is hidden, and will be able to sample the mold with a variety of methods to determine if it is of a harmful variety or not. Mold may be collected for biochemical analysis or physical examination with a microscope, and mold experts are able to tell what kind of mold is infesting your house with these methods. Remember that not all mold is harmful; however, different individuals can have different reactions depending on the mold varieties that are present.
When hiring mold experts, use caution. Some “certifications” are very easy to obtain and require little knowledge or experience.
Look for mold experts who have successfully identified and alleviated mold problems in your neighborhood. It might be embarrassing to ask around to your neighbors and thereby reveal that you have a potentially serious mold problem, but you can ask for references from the mold experts instead. Talk to at least a few mold experts and get reference information and estimates in advance; this will enable you to choose the right mold expert for your needs. The right mold experts will be able to efficiently and correctly identify the type of molds that are present, and provide mold remediation as well as advice on preventing further mold issues.