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How To Test Indoor Air Quality For Mold

Mold spores can severely reduce the indoor air quality of your home and affect your family’s health. Mold incursion in your Peoria house will exacerbate breathing conditions and can cause the following symptoms in healthy individuals:

  • Shortness of breath
  • Sneezing
  • Consistent coughing
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Skin issues like rashes or itchiness
  • Headaches
  • Runny nose

Visual Checks

Mold needs moisture to grow, and it can be found wherever leaks might occur or moist air is prone to gather. Check the corners where walls meet and any room that has a musty smell. Mold also prefers areas of low or no light, so there are several hidden spots you need to check:

  • Beneath water using appliances, including the refrigerator
  • Under sinks
  • Under any stacked paper products
  • Inside air ducting
  • Around windows
  • Inside walls where leaks have occurred
  • Under carpeting or tiles that have been flooded

If you spot mold, you need to take care of it immediately. Professional services that specialize in mold removal are your safest bet because the act of removing mold requires specific precautions and protective gear to be done safely.

Testing the Air

It is always best to contract a mold specialist to test your air, but there are kits available if you prefer to do an initial check on your own. These kits can be purchased at most hardware stores and typically cost less than $50. You will need to follow the test instructions closely and shut down the room you intend to test for about 48 hours. The entire test process takes about four days. If you need answers right away, contact a professional team right away.

Contact us at 1st Choice Mechanical today if you have determined that you have mold in your home or would like to have your air professionally tested. We specialize in mold detection and removal and will have your family breathing clean air as soon as possible. We can perform an indoor air quality audit, and our team can also maintain and service HVAC systems and furnaces as well as service many appliances. If your Peoria home’s air system needs some help, give us a call today.