Mold Testing: How to Test for Mold for the Home
Mold is everywhere but you never want to see it in your house. There are some things you can do to test for mold by doing routine maintenance checks.
What does mold look like
Is it Mold or Dirt?
Probe the Area with a Screwdriver
Check for Plumbing Leaks
Look for Outside Leaks
Inspect the Ductwork
Testing the Mold
Know the Differences Between Mildew and Mold
How to Remove Mold
- Wear old clothes and shoes that you can launder or throw away after the cleanup work.
- Wear special N-95 or P-100 respirators, in addition to goggles and gloves.
- Set an old box fan or a cheap new one in a window to ventilate the room while working. Throw it out when you're done cleaning, because the spores are almost impossible to clean off. Tape plywood or cardboard around the window openings so the spores can't blow back in.
- Wrap and tape moldy carpeting in 6-mil plastic, and double-bag mold-infested debris in garbage bags for disposal.
- To control airborne spores, moisten moldy areas with a garden sprayer while you work.
- Turn off your furnace and air conditioner and cover ducts and doors to contain spores.
- Keep your wet/dry vacuum outside when you vacuum.
Use an Antimicrobial Spray