How to Test for Mold in a House

Woman looking at mold

Mold is an unwelcome visitor in your home, leading to rot, decay, and occasionally, health problems. Knowing how to detect mold can save you lots of headache and unwanted repairs, so let’s explore how to test for mold in the air, your walls, and all around your house with help from The BrickKicker!


How to Detect Mold

One of the positive things about mold is that more often than not, it makes itself known. In addition to its musty smell, mold can be easy to spot, appearing as tiny black, brown, green, or white dots that continue to grow in clusters. Because it typically grows in damp environments, you may detect mold in your shower, bathroom, or outdoors on walls or surfaces that frequently get wet.

Sometimes, though, mold can grow inside your walls, making it harder to find. This could happen if you’ve experienced plumbing leaks, roofing issues, ice dams, or any other scenario that allowed water to enter your home in an uncontrolled manner. Anytime you experience a leak, you’ll need to inspect your insulation and surrounding building materials. If mold goes undetected, it can lead to rot and decay.


How to Test for Mold in Walls

Even when it’s inside your walls, mold often leaves behind visual clues. One way how to test for mold in walls is to look for:

  • – Discoloration
  • – Water stains
  • – Dark rings
  • – Discoloration of wall applications such as cracking paint or peeling wallpaper

Outside of these noticeable signs, the only other ways to test for mold in walls are to either tear them down or use moisture-detecting scanners that professionals like The BrickKicker deploy.


How to Test for Mold in Air

If you’ve noticed the warning signs of mold in your home, you may be concerned about airborne spores. Mold spores travel by air through your doorways, windows, vents, and more, but while they are everywhere, they only take hold and grow in damp conditions. Wondering how to test for mold in the air? Many home improvement stores sell home test kits that can give you a good estimate of how much mold is in your home, though working with a professional mold inspector will give you better assistance and recommendations on how to keep your home free from mold.


Schedule Mold Testing with The BrickKicker!

Just because mold is everywhere doesn’t mean you can’t keep it at bay! If you’ve recently experienced water damage or are concerned about damp areas in your home, schedule professional mold testing with The BrickKicker. We can find the heart of the issue and give you the guidance you need for a clean, healthy home. Contact us today!

The BrickKicker COVID-19 Response 

The outbreak of COVID-19 has impacted businesses and markets all across the globe.

At The BrickKicker, our reputation has continued to stand tall during these times of uncertainty just as it has over the last 30 years. We continue to strive for highest regards to transparency and reliability, ensuring our customers will continue to count on us. With that, it is important for us to share how we are managing our business during these uncertain times.

First and foremost, we will continue to be laser focused on monitoring all WHO, CDC & DOC broadcasts to a) guarantee The BrickKicker is contributing to keeping our community safe & healthy and b) to take advantage of additional resources available to offer comfort to our employees and clients alike.

Our team at The BrickKicker will remain committed to delivering full operational support throughout the weeks and months ahead. For the continued safety of all our employees and staff, we are still asking to keep the number of those attending the inspection to a bare minimum, if any at all. Our inspectors are equipped with SentriLock access (with proper agent approval) and take plenty of photos during the inspection to produce a very detailed report. Oh, and no need need to be a worry of missing valuable information or stress over deadlines, our team is great about getting the reports out within 24 hours or often the same day.

Each inspector will be disinfecting all tools, self and vehicles after each inspection and may even wear gloves and masks on sight. This will help ensure we minimize the spread of this disease as much as possible.

In addition, our staff is fully available as if we never shut down, via phone or website to answer any questions that come up once reviewing the inspection report. The inspection is often an educational session, we must not lose sight of this. To make things as efficient and safe as possible, our inspection agreement and payment can be made electronically, via the confirmation email that went out upon booking.

We wish to remind our clients that we have a full service team supporting all your needs and it is the strength of our team that will allow us to continue to maintain our high service levels in the months ahead.

In fact, The BrickKicker isn’t stopping here to service our customers during this difficult time. We have expanded our availability and will assist with pricing concerns as they arise in order to keep services going. 

Despite taking all precautions, we strongly recommend our clients to contact us in regards to changing inspection dates in the short term, and to provide us with any questions they have up front so that we can ensure all gets answered by the time the report is delivered.

Finally, please do not hesitate to contact me via email or call with any requests or questions you may have.

Thank you,

President


Andrew Fox