When should I test for Mold?
If you can see or smell mold, a health risk is present and you should hire a mold testing and inspection professional to confirm if it is or is not mold. If your house has a history of floods, leaks, water damage, plumbing issues, or storm repairs there is a higher probability of mold being present. If you see peeling paint (consider a lead test too) or peeling wall paper, it may be due to moisture and can have potential for mold. If you have been experiencing illness after you moved to a new home, relocated buildings to a new job, or attended a new school, mold may be the underlying issue and a mold test should be done. Often times you will never see the mold, as it is hiding behind your walls, in your ceiling, or in your crawlspace.
The mold testing industry lacks any governmental, environmental, and medical standards. Which is why hiring a professional mold inspector is even more important.