You See Mold
You found mold in your home.
When mold is found in the home, first rule is: stop the water source and remove the mold.
Why to Inspect or test for mold spores when you can already see mold:
Because different mold spores become airborne in different environments, it is good practice to surface test visible mold too.
Found Water Damage
When water or wet building materials are discovered, it is important to fix the source immediately. Mold can begin to grow in as little as 24-48 hours.
Fixing the water source, removing saturated materials and beginning the drying process are your first steps.
If you suspect the dampness has been present for some time without visible mold growth, testing for present mold spores is a good idea before removing damp materials, just in case there is hidden mold.
When/ Why test when you can't see mold:
We will also look for areas of potential water intrusion, ventilation, etc.