Beware of store bought mold test kits which rely only on “gravity” settling methods on an open Petri dish. These types of test kits do not provide any meaningful answers since mold is ubiquitous (it’s everywhere). Mold spores are on the surfaces of your furniture, in carpeting, household dust and even in the air we breathe. If you open a Petri dish and take a sample, it is likely that you will get mold growing on the Petri dish (not helpful).
Isolated vs Complete Mold Inspection
Whether your area of concern is isolated to 1 or 2 rooms or if you’d like the entire home inspected, I will do a Visual Inspection of the property using both a Moisture Meter and Infrared Thermal Imaging Camera in order to find any potential moisture intrusion issues and identify situations which could be conducive to mold growth. During this inspection I will collect a minimum of 3 air samples of which 2 shall be control samples.
Upon completion of my examination, I will offer a suggested plan for further testing, if needed. This will provide you with the information needed regarding airborne mold spores and potential hidden mold growth in your home. You can then decide what type of additional testing would be most important in your situation. All samples are sent to an accredited laboratory for testing and analyzing. Reports and lab results are usually delivered within 2 business days after the samples are taken.
Types of Mold Testing
Air Samples are taken with the Zefon Z-Lite IAQ Pump using Air-O-Cell sampling cassettes at a flow rate of 15 LPM. These canisters are specifically designed for the rapid collection of a wide range of airborne particles including: mold spores, pollen, insect parts, skin cell fragments and fibers. A minimum of 3 air samples are required for proper air testing, 2 of which shall be control samples.
Wall Cavity Samples
Wall Cavity Samples are taken with the Zefon Z-Lite IAQ Pump using Air-O-Cell sampling cassettes at a flow rate of 15 LPM. These air samples can be taken through a small hole drilled through a wall which may have visual evidence of elevated moisture levels or temperature anomalies discovered with the Infrared Thermal Imaging Camera. A minimum of 4 air samples are required if a wall cavity sample is taken, 2 of which shall be control samples and 1 interior in the area of concern
Surface Samples can be taken anytime we have visual apparent mold growth, which could be found anywhere throughout the home. These samples are used to verify and identify apparent mold growth and are obtained using either the Tape Lift or Swab method.