Testing Indoor Air Quality – A Holistic Approach (Mold Testing)
In this series, we’ll discuss various contaminants that can lead to poor indoor air quality (IAQ), their sources, their effects on health and the importance of testing IAQ.
Mold – just one piece of the IAQ puzzle
Mold is complicated. Mold is insidious. And mold can impact your health.
Although the effects of mold on health are widely discussed, disputed and publicized, a lack of funding and no standardized health metrics have made it difficult to establish the real degree to which this contaminant can trigger or exacerbate various conditions.
The presence of mold has been linked to a number of symptoms including:
- Nasal congestion, runny nose and sneezing
- Eye irritation or blurred vision
- Sore throat and/or chronic cough
- Skin rash
For highly sensitive individuals or those with compromised immune systems, these reactions can often be severe. More serious reactions to mold exposure include asthma attacks, allergic reactions, pneumocystitis pneumonia and aspergillosis.
Many homeowners do not consider that mold can be impacting their health unless they see it or smell it. But if you can see or smell mold, you definitely have a problem! It’s the airborne mold spores that you can’t see or smell from hidden sources (like dampness in carpets, leaky pipes behind walls, etc.) that can affect the respiratory system.
For allergic or sensitive individuals, the presence of mold can be a trigger for serious, chronic health problems, so it’s a good idea to test for airborne mold to find out if it could be the culprit.
Think holistically: test COMPLETELY
New technology offers consumers an easy way to assess their indoor environment quickly, completely and affordably. With the yogi do-it-yourself air testing kit you can sample your air for a wide array of contaminants* in just minutes by simply pushing color-coded buttons.
The yogi includes all lab and shipping fees, along with easy-to-read results and accredited lab reports. Should any results come back high, a free consultation with a Certified Industrial Hygienist is also included. This expert guides you through your results and advises on any IAQ issues, many of which can be addressed quickly and affordably.
What about all the other contaminants and toxins that may be impacting your indoor air quality and health besides mold? Stay tuned for the next series post: the importance of formaldehyde testing.
Especially for home inspectors
If you’re a home inspector that would like to offer Live Pure’s mold testing or complete environmental testing as a service for home buyers, consider joining our Savvy Inspector program. Membership is free and provides benefits including subscription to our informative e-newsletter, discount pricing and marketing materials.
*Although Live Pure advises performing a yogi complete home air and water test and testing annually, we also offer the yogi rental program, which allows you to perform a basic mold and allergen test.