Testing for Mold
When people face frequent sickness or have significant allergies, mold and mildew are often to blame. In response, many people wish to have their home or workplace tested for mold. However, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control warns that although mold and mildew should be properly removed, the process of mold testing itself is limited in what it can and cannot do, and therefore in many situations, mold testing is impractical.
Limitations of Mold Testing
Experts recommend safely removing any visible or foul-smelling mold or mildew from your home and fixing the problem that caused the mold in the first place, such as a leak or ventilation problem. Therefore, the process of mold testing itself is often unnecessary.
Here is some general information to keep in mind when it comes to mold testing:
- Determining an elevated level of mold: Every indoor environment contains even trace amounts of mold. Mold testing can confirm that this mold is present, but may not be able to show if these levels are elevated or normal. In addition, there are no universal designations for “safe” or “unsafe” levels of mold.
- Identifying types of mold: Any type of indoor mold is potentially harmful, and therefore knowing which types of molds are present is not relevant to fixing the problem. In addition, not all testing methods can identify all of the types of mold present.
- Identifying if mold is toxic: The process of mold testing is different than the process of testing for mold toxicity.
- Determining the cause of health problems: The effects of mold exposure vary depending on individuals and the extent of mold exposure. In addition, the full range of health effects associated with mold is not fully understood.
- Forcing another party to take action: Not all municipalities require property owners to take action against a mold problem. If you are concerned about levels of mold in your rental or leased space, consult city or county officials to determine who is responsible for rectifying the situation.
If mold or mildew in your home or workplace has made you seriously ill, you may be able to pursue legal action against the responsible party. Contact the Iowa personal injury lawyers of LaMarca Law Group, P.C. at 877-327-2600.