When it comes to mold, it's normal and safe for there to be between 1 and 1500 spores in a room, as long as the colonies don't grow visibly and there's no water damage. This is usually the case when no water or mold intrusion was found during the inspection. It's also important to note that mold can move around a house due to the elevator effect, so anything that starts at the bottom can go up. At Bald Eagle Inspection Services, LLC, we offer experienced, high-quality mold inspection services in all areas of upstate New York, including Saratoga Springs (Malta), Ballston Spa, Clifton Park, Rensselaer County and upper Albany County.
If you suspect you have a problem, it's important to have your home tested for mold by a professional. While there are no exposure standards that link health effects to specific levels of mold in the air, public health agencies are still concerned about exposure to mold. Swabs, tapes, and bulk samples can identify types of mold, but they don't indicate the size of contamination because localized testing is performed. If no water or mold problems are found (even behind walls), the duct system may need to be cleaned and a general cleaning of the residence could be necessary.
If no water intrusion or mold problems were detected during the evaluation, there may be hidden fungal growth nearby. When it comes to testing for mold, there are many different types available and which one you choose will depend on your specific situation. Mold spores found in the air are usually viable, meaning that if conditions are favorable, they can grow. Therefore, if your report shows high concentrations of mold, it's likely that you'll need to fix the problem.
This is because colonization by mold occurs more frequently in enclosed or hidden spaces such as closets, warehouses, cellars, cooling units; or on the back or bottom surface of furniture.