How do I know if there’s mold in my apartment?
- A persistent musty smell.
- You see black or dark green spots appearing on any surface.
- You start having physical symptoms like sneezing, coughing, trouble breathing, itchy eyes, or skin rashes that (possibly) get better when you leave your apartment.
Is there a mold detector? To test for mold spores in the air you’re breathing, you’ll need to purchase a viable mold detection kit such as Seeml Labs’ Mold Inspector in a Box. Most quality mold tests cost between $20 and $45. The entire testing process will take a few days.
Can I check for mold myself? Most mold is unmistakable, but sometimes small or largely hidden growths just make a surface look dirty. A quick test for mold can be done when you dip a swab in diluted bleach (1 part bleach, 16 parts water) and dab it on the wall. If the spot quickly lightens (or keeps coming back after cleaning), assume it’s mold.
What is the best way to detect mold? Mold testing kits help you detect and identify growing spores in your home through samples collected via the air or from the surface in question. Some give you results right away, while others ask you to package the samples and send them back to a lab for a professional examination.