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).
mold testing procedures
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. Three to four air samples are taken depending on the type of inspection requested.
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 2-3 business days after the samples are taken.
Types of Mold Testing
Air Samples are taken using Air-O-Cell sampling cassettes which 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.
Wall Cavity air Samples
Wall Cavity Air Samples are taken from a small hole drilled through a wall which has evidence of past moisture damage, elevated moisture levels or temperature anomalies discovered with the Infrared Thermal Imaging Camera.
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.