Testing for mold consists of a visual inspection looking for signs of biological growth, moisture, and temperature readings. The two most common types of sampling are an air quality sample and a surface sample. While these tests are not similar, they can be used in conjunction with each other to better investigate the type and scope of the mold growth.
This is typically done at an area with visible discoloration, or specific areas of concern. Once the samples are taken, they are sent to a third-party lab to be reviewed to determine the exact spore counts and types of spores. When done the Lab will email an easy to read and understand report. Types of surface sampling:
This is the most common way to test for mold as it covers the most area. This method uses a set volume of air to pass through a sticky surface that the mold adheres to. An advantage to this method is that it can cover a large area of the home and can collect spores that are present in the air that not visible to the eye.
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