Mold Inspection is only a preliminary examination. The real work starts with Mold Testing. Mold testing involves the process of taking samples of the surfaces and in a building for testing. While some blogs may publish articles on how you can run these tests yourself, a test run by an untrained person will always be insufficient. Why should you hire us to run your mold tests? Asides from our world-class mold professionals, we have state of the art laboratory equipment that enables us to bring in fast and accurate results. This is something not all Mold Removal companies can boast of.
Air Sampling is the most popular method of mold testing. It is a very way of discovering the exposure level of respiratory organs to mold spores. The ubiquitous nature of mold spores is taken advantage of here. Samples of indoor and outdoor air are taken separately and tests are done to compare the properties of both. Normally, the spore concentration level of outdoor air should be greater than the concentration indoor. When the concentration level of spores inside is higher than the concentration level outside, it points to a mold problem. Tests are repeated for days for optimal results.
Surface sampling involves the process of taking samples from a surface to know how much mold spore had been deposited on it. There are 3 major categories of surface sampling. They are swab sampling, tape sampling, and bulk sampling. In swab sampling, a cotton swab is rubbed against a measured area and subsequently sent to the tab. In the lab, it undergoes a series of tests to ascertain the species and level of mold. Tape sampling is similar to swab sampling, the difference is that tape is pressed against the surface instead. In bulk sampling, an object is taken from the affected area and sent to the lab for testing.
Dust sampling is a form of sampling done with a vacuum pump and a dust filter. Samples are taken from dust particles on surfaces in the area suspected of being contaminated. It is based on the belief that the information on what had been in the air can be found in settled dust particles. Dust particles can also be collected over a period of time with the use of a special dust cloth or petri dish. The sample may be analyzed by either direct microscopic examination or by culture. It is better to analyze a sample by both methods for more accurate results.
Dogs are famous for their excellent detective skills. For a long time, dogs have been used to sniff out hidden weapons, drugs, bombs, fugitives, and more. Now, dogs are also used to sniff out evasive mold. Mold detection dogs undergo intense training and by the end of their training, they are able to detect 18 different types. It is widely known that there are many more types of mold around us still, mold dogs remain excellent assistants to mold professionals. Mold-sniffing dogs locate molds in areas difficult for the experts who in turn take the investigation from there.