What is Mold Air Sampling?
Mold air sampling is when the air inside your home is tested through air collection devices such as a sampling pump and spore traps. The samples are then sent to a lab for proper analysis.
The purpose of Air Sampling
The purpose of air sampling is to determine the type, species, and amount of airborne contamination in a home or building. Air sampling may be necessary if the presence of mold, allergens, or toxins is suspected but cannot be identified by a visual inspection. When air sampling is performed, both the indoor air and outdoor air are sampled, so the results can be compared to see if a problem exists. Typically, the indoor sample is taken while the heating and/or air conditioning system is operating; this will ensure the interior air is effectively tested. Once the samples are taken they are immediately sent to a lab for proper analysis. This process usually takes about three days from the start of the sampling to the finished report which is usually delivered through email.
What is Tape or Swab Sampling?
Tape and swab samples are usually collected when there is a mold like substance present at the home or building that needs to be identified. Tape and swab samples are taken by wiping the area with a sterile swab or sticky plate. Once the samples are taken they are immediately sent to a lab for proper analysis. This process usually takes about three days from the start of the sampling to the finished report which is usually delivered through email.
Mold contamination signs
If you are dealing with frequent head aches, allergies, itching or irritation of the eyes and nose area, persistent sore throat, respiratory issues or mysterious skin rashes or if you are noticing a musty odor inside your home or if your home feels damp, you could be dealing with a significant mold issue.
I would recommend that you contact our office as soon as possible so that you may have your home inspected and sampled for any mold issues to ensure the future health of the home and its occupants.
What if my home test positive for an elevated mold condition?
Relax, if your home does test positive for mold a visual mold inspection is the first step (if this hasn't been done already). A mold inspection would be necessary do determine the cause for the microbial issues. Once a cause is identified than our company would make further recommendations as far as mold clean up and fixing any issues that would have caused the problem to begin with. If mold remediation is recommended we recommend clearance testing once the job is completed.
What is Mold Clearance Testing?
Mold clearance testing is performed once the remediation is complete. This test is to ensure you that the mold inside the home has been properly removed and no longer affects the air quality of your home. Once the samples are received from the lab you will receive a mold sampling report showing you the condition of the air quality as pertaining to mold at the time of the testing. This report can be used in the future as a disclosure statement to potential buyers showing them that the mold problem was properly addressed or it can also be used for your peace of mind.