What is Mold Testing / Mold Sampling?

The first step in MOLD911's Mold Sampling / Testing process is to non-intrusively determine if mold is present. Mold911 visually examines your home or business. Visible mold helps determine the level of remediation necessary. If mold is actively growing and visibly confirmed, mold sampling for its specific species can be unnecessary. Intrusive observation is sometimes needed to assess the mold level. This includes moving furniture, lifting (or removing) carpets, checking behind wallpaper or paneling, checking ventilation ductwork and exposing wall cavities. MOLD911 Certified Mold Inspectors visual inspect and can recognize musty odors to find your mold issues. We focus on areas where there are signs of liquid moisture or water vapor (humidity), or where moisture problems are suspected.

Why Mold Testing is an important part of the Mold Inspection process?

Mold Sampling / Mold Testing is performed by our Certified Mold Inspectors with years of experience in sampling for mold. Mold911 uses various Mold sampling methods and interpret those findings. Mold sampling should be done only to make a particular determination, such as airborne spore concentration or identifying a particular species. Mold sampling and analysis should follow the recommendations of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), the EPA and the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA).

Multiple types of Mold sampling are recommended by the AIHA, since each has limitations; for example, air sampling for mold in the will not identify a hidden mold source and a mold tape sample cannot determine the level of contamination in the air. Once our independent Accredited Third Party Lab analyzes the mold samples the final results will indicate mold levels and and mold species .

Multiple Types of Mold Sampling Methods

Air sampling for Mold

Our most common form of sampling to assess mold levels. Indoor and outdoor air are sampled, and their mold-spore levels compared. Air sampling often identifies mold species, concentration and hidden mold.

Surface sampling for Mold

Determines the number of mold spores deposited on indoor surfaces, collected on tape or in dust

Bulk Mold sampling

Removal of material from the contaminated area to identify and quantify the mold in the sample

Swab sampling

We swab the area being sampled, often a measured area, and subsequently sent to the mold testing laboratory. Final results will indicate mold levels and species located in suspect area.

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