Staying Safe at Home: 5 Important Reasons Why You Should Test for Black Mold


test for black mold

There are many potential dangers in a home, but there’s one that might be lingering right under your nose that you haven’t noticed.

However, just because you don’t notice it (as it can be hidden from sight), doesn’t mean you won’t feel the potential health impacts of it. We’re talking about black mold, which left on its own, can put your family’s health at risk.

Here are 5 reasons why you should test for black mold

1. Black Mold is Not Always Visible

If you know what black mold looks like (it can be black or dark green), then you already know you need a service that can safely remove it. Unfortunately, not all black mold presents itself.

It might be hidden behind drywall, baseboards, or cabinets. Basically, places that are moist with minimal ventilation can be breeding grounds for this type of mold. But you might need a professional to find it.

2. It Lies In Waiting – Until It’s Disturbed

Typically, black mold stays put unless the spores are knocked free by construction, for example (kind of like asbestos fibers). So while you might think your home is mold-free, it might be a ticking time bomb if you don’t have testing and something dislodges the mold into the indoor air.

3. It Can Trigger Allergies

If you find yourself with watery eyes, stuffy nose, and other allergy symptoms, there’s a chance black mold could be the culprit. Especially if you notice the allergy symptoms of mold are present year-round, and not just seasonally.

Black mold is heavier than some other types of spores, so they typically won’t stay airborne for very long. But they still have the potential to cause you allergy misery until you find it and address it.

4. Black Mold Can Be Poisonous

Beyond the possible allergy symptoms from black mold, there are other possible health impacts that are more severe. Black mold contains mycotoxins, which are most dangerous when inhaled.

There’s a condition called mycotoxicosis that can mimic a cold or flu. Those with asthma and allergies are at particular risk, as exposure to these spores can lead to headaches, fatigue, fever, and even respiratory distress.

If you exposed to black mold spores for a prolonged period of time, you might end up with more severe consequences including cognitive impacts (memory), hair loss, cramps, unexplained weight gain, and even numbness in your extremities.

The immunosuppressant quality of black mold could even lead to organ damage.

5. It Can Lower Property Value

This reason to test for black mold is not health-related. However, imagine if you’re selling your house and the buyer’s inspector finds green/black mold hiding in places (and other potential hazards like radon) you didn’t know about.

That could lead to losing a potential buyer or having them use the mold as a negotiating point in their favor. That means selling for less than you expected. It’s not a surprise you want, especially if you’ve put money into upgrading your home for the market.

Get The Test For Black Mold

If you’re concerned about your family’s allergy symptoms, or you just want to make sure there are no surprises hiding that could end up causing problems down the road, then you should test for black mold.

Contact us to find out more about our mold testing and other services.

What are the 5 Benefits of Getting a Pre-Drywall Inspection?

America has faced an ongoing housing shortage for a while now. Chalk it up to a big falloff in new construction following the 2008 financial crisis. The big home-buying frenzy of the last few years only made it worse. So, it's not hard to understand why Americans...
4 point inspections

What are the Common Reasons for 4 Point Inspection Failures?

The average age of a home in the state of Florida is 34 years old.  Whether you are selling or buying a home or renewing your home insurance on an older home, chances are you will need a 4-point inspection in the near future. In some cases, an upcoming 4-point...
inspect your home

How Often Should You Inspect Your Home?

Owning a home is an investment. You have to protect your home so that it increases in value.  One way to do so is by maintaining it. This calls for more than just giving the interior a fresh coat of paint. You must inspect your home.  A home inspection is a great way...
sewer scope

Sewer Scope Inspections: Why You Need One

The EPA reports that household water leaks waste nearly 1 trillion gallons of water each year. As well as all the money you waste on water that you never use, the economic impact of water damage can be huge. If you have a damaged sewer, you face the risk of foundation...
va water test

VA Water Test: 4 Things You Need to Know

According to the Census Bureau, roughly 18 million Americans were military veterans in 2018. This figure accounted for roughly 7% of the adult population.  Americans find several ways to express their gratitude for veterans, and this appreciation extends to the...
Building Inspections

What Are The Most Common Myths About Building Inspections That You Should Know?

Building inspections make up a $6 billion industry today, which speaks to the importance of this skillset and service. Inspecting a building is a prerequisite to finalizing any purchase or sale, or opening it for business. Building contractors will go through their...
sewer scope

What are the 4 Benefits of a Sewer Scope Inspections?

Getting ready to buy a house? If so, here's a quick tip: make sure your home inspection includes checking out the sewage system. See, plumbing is one of those things that most buyers expect to work as intended. Unfortunately, this isn't always the case. A simple sewer...

What’s a GFCI Outlet?

What is a GFCI Outlet? A GFCI outlet is a special type of safety outlet that will protect people from electrical shock. GFCI stands for Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters. They are inexpensive and easy to install and are required by the NEC or National Electrical Code....
new construction home inspection

A Look Into the New Construction Home Inspection Process

Around one-third of houses for sale are new home construction builds, which appeal to many buyers. After all, new home builds offer various benefits, but they do not come without risks. So, how can you guarantee you find a dream home you can depend on? The benefits of...

What is a Double Tapped Breaker?

A double tapped breaker is found when there are two supply wires placed under one breaker lug or connection. This is found typically in the electrical sub panel breaker box and also can be found at the main breaker. Someone has purposefully installed an extra circuit...

Request Inspection

We perform thousands of inspections every year

Let our experience of residential and commercial property inspections in the Greater Orlando area work to your advantage!

Click Here To Schedule Online