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Has someone told you that you need mold testing? Or maybe you’re just wondering when and why mold testing is actually done? We’re going to try our best not to baffle you with over complicated microbial terminology. But there are certain complex issues you need to be aware of. Like the fact that mold testing is a very important procedure. But it’s also a very abused procedure. 

All too often we hear stories where people paid thousands of dollars on mold tests that did not need to be done.

The issue is, mold is scary. Let’s face it. One of the most lethal toxins in the world comes naturally occurring mold. It’s called the T2 toxin. Similar to aflatoxin B1. They are approx 50xs more deadly than saran gas. 

But the good news is these types of mold spores only grow (colonize) in grains. You will never find them growing in your home.

 

So how dangerous is household mold…. really?

 

Unfortunately, there is no correct answer to this. If you type in “toxic mold” the Centers for Diseases Control likes to talk down the dangerous of mold. Which is understandable. Because mold itself is very hard to understand. There are new species being discovered every single day. It takes decades of research to establish causal links. And right now scientists are trying to study over 30 million different strains. We shouldn’t be surprised if a couple lose their minds.

At any rate, mold toxins are very finicky. They can trigger a rare pulmonary hemorrhage or they can do what mold likes doing best:

 

1) Allergies and asthma – It’s estimated that 34% of asthma and allergies are cause by indoor mold.
2) Lung infections & skin rashes
3) Head aches
4) Fatigue
5) Nausea
6) Red eyes or dry eyes
7) Swollen nasal and lung passages (makes it hard to breathe)
8) Immuno-suppressive disorders –  This is a big one. Mold toxins can wreak havoc on ones immune system. This can trigger indirect, but widespread systemic changes to your health over a long period of chronic exposure.
9) Carcinogenic – We know that many mold toxins are carcinogens. And you can find doctors who believe they cause cancer. You can find many books that would agree. But it would be virtually impossible to say “mold causes cancer”.

Humans are exposed to all sorts of toxins on a daily basis. Whether its radioactive radon gas coming from Mother Earth, PCBs in water, pesticides, VOCs, dioxins from combustion, lead, mercury or arsenic…. we are being bombarded by toxins on a daily basis.

So…..

 

What makes mold so special? Do I have to get tests done?

 

Let’s just say, it’s rated the #3 most common environmental toxin in the US & Canada. Right underneath pesticides and PCBs. So be weary, just try not to be that paranoid. The main issue is what you’re being exposed to and how much.

The primary focus of any mold test is to find out what types of mold are growing in your home, along with how high the “spore counts” are. There are specific thresholds for spores considered “safe”. That is for the average person. For children or the elderly these levels change. They have weaker immune systems so lower levels can still cause problems. 

With that said, there is more to this issue that people tend to overlook.

 

Isn’t it true that you can skip mold tests in many cases?

 

Yes, absolutely! You may be scared after reading all this but the fact remains, mold testing is commonly abused by businesses. They will talk or persuade you into doing dozens of mold tests. They will charge you an arm and a leg.

But the key thing to keep in mind is pretty simple. If you have any type of mold growing in your home, it needs to be remediated. This is because mold doesn’t just cause health issues. It quite literally devours your home. It triggers accelerated aging. Frames degrade, wood breaks down, walls collapse, structural failure begins to occur.

If you visit the EPAs website they stand pretty firm on the motto, “if you see or smell it, it needs to be removed”. That’s a concept we strongly agree with.

If our inspectors find significant amounts of mold, whether behind your walls, your insulation, hiding under your floors…. we will skip mold testing the majority of the time.  Because why waste money on taking samples and sending them to a lab? It makes no sense. If tests come back with a high level of a “safe” strain of mold, your home is still in danger. 

It’s all relative to circumstances.

But if there’s 1 thing we want you to remember, it’s that homeowners too often pay for mold testing they do not need.

 

One last word about a different form of mold testing: MSH Testing for your Blood.

 

As already stated, children & the elderly are most susceptible to mold. And they can also be resistant in getting blood work done. But there is a serious problem.  Which is the widespread ignorance the medical community holds towards MSH (melanocyte stimulating hormone). If your MSH levels are low, you can be at risk for hundreds of different health problems.

It has been well documented over the years that mold toxins reduce MSH levels in both children and adults. These hormones are responsible for memory, learning, controlling obesity, pain relief, inflammation, emotional swings, coping abilities, libido, energy, body temperature, nerve pain, and various other aspects of human health.

This is why allergy & respiratory tests are not enough. If you plan on having MSH tests done at any point, please find a good doctor. Most physicians do not have the proper training to conduct these types of tests, nor do the labs they work with.

If you have any questions on MSH testing or where to go, you can reach our testing department at: 908-601-1307.

 

There is a lot more that can be said about this topic but we will update this page as often as possible.

 

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