Due to its proximity to vast mountain ranges and the Pacific Ocean, our marine west coast climate is far from dry. More than two thirds of the total rain fall in our region happens between October and March. Mold gains an easy foothold when moisture is abundant and it can find a warm place to grow. There are many types of mold that are harmless, like bread mold, and some that are even beneficial. When it comes to your home, though, mold varieties range from allergy-inducing to toxic.
When you want effective, reliable mold testing in Seattle, call the experts at AWR Restoration & Cleaning. We come fully equipped and use cutting-edge equipment to provide accurate mold testing for both residential and commercial property owners. With more than 30 years of industry experience, exceptional training, and IICRC certifications, our technicians are experts at detecting and removing all types of mold.
When to Get Mold Testing
Mold is sneaky. If you can see it, it usually means there’s an abundance of mold you can’t see. Unfortunately, removing mold requires more than a good scrubbing. And, because mold often grows out of sight behind walls, ceilings, and floors, it can continue to spread and cause greater damage without proper mold testing and remediation.
At AWR Restoration & Cleaning, our technicians know how to track and identify mold. We can find it where it’s hiding—and put a stop to it. If any of the signs of mold below sound familiar, don’t wait another minute to schedule professional mold testing services in Seattle!
Some of the common signs of mold include:
- Allergy Symptoms – There is a wide range of allergy symptoms that can be attributed to mold. A good identifier of a mold problem is if allergy symptoms appear to be substantially worse in the suspected property than outside of it. Common reactions to mold include itchy eyes, sneezing, difficulty breathing, sinus congestion, and a sore throat. Black mold is also common—and very dangerous. It can cause a variety of symptoms, including permanent damage to the brain and even death.
- Seeing Mold – Visible mold is an obvious guarantee that you have a mold problem, though it’s difficult to tell how far it has spread without professional mold testing. Some molds grow in odd patterns and physical appearances vary wildly. Growth occurs in patches, as stringy substances, scaly areas, and other textures in a variety of colors. Professional testing can identify your problem and put your fears to rest.
- Recent Water Problems – If you’ve suffered from a flood or are currently experiencing problems like discoloration, leaks, and pooling water, you may have water damage. These abnormal levels of condensation can provide the perfect environment for mold to grow. Bringing in a Seattle mold testing professional will keep costly water damage from becoming a major mold problem.
Beware of Toxic Black Mold
Black "Stachybotrys" mold is a particular type mold that may begin to grow after a flood or other water damage event. Black mold is toxic and extreme care should be taken to remove it from your property as soon as possible after you spot it.
There are three stages of black mold exposure symptoms. Though regularly mistaken for a cold or allergies at first, they can become worse and result in headaches, dizziness, memory loss, and trouble concentrating. These symptoms only increase over time and may lead to even more serious illnesses. For your safety, you should leave the environment right away if you suspect there is black mold. Then, call us immediately to schedule mold testing services.
Trust your senses and take action. Don’t risk irreversible health effects because of an untreated mold problem.