How do you read mold test results?
Levels below 8 to 30 ng/L are considered a low level of mold that affects individuals who are allergic to molds. Levels above 150 ng/L indicate a substantial amount of active mold formation, implying that likely all residents of the house will be affected. For a more in-depth information on how to read mold test results check out our guide.
What are acceptable mold results?
A typical mold spore count in a closed space is 200-500 spores. A mold spore count of 1-1500 mold spores in a room is normal and safe as long as visible mold growth is not present and no water damage or excess moisture exists. It’s normal that mold spores are found in almost every home. Mold spores can enter your home in several different ways, from plants, open winds, and even your clothing. A mold spore count above 1500 is considered slightly elevated.
How is a mold count measured?
The number of grains of mold spores in a cubic meter of air is used to calculate a mold count. The higher the count, the more likely people occupants of the home will feel mold health related symptoms. A licensed mold inspector can conduct indoor air quality tests and swap materials in your home to collect mold count samples.
How does a high mold account affect you?
The symptoms of mold allergy are very similar to those of other allergies, such as sneezing, itching, rash, a runny nose, congestion, and dry skin. Mold spores enter your nose and produce hay fever-type symptoms. Mold spores are microscopic and light in weight, allowing them to travel long distances before ultimately settling on a surface. This makes mold hard to avoid, especially if your home has a high mold count. Mold can also damage building materials in your home, such as wood and drywall.
What does a positive mold test mean?
Mold testing is always going to find some amount of mold spores present. This is completely normal. Mold tests that find an elevated mold count which is above 1500, are when you should consider hiring a mold remediation company. If you are confused by the mold test report, we offer a service to interpret your results and give you recommendations on how to appropriately deal with your elevated mold count. Contact us today to get a response within 24 hours.