Mold Testing Services for Your Home or Office
Mold testing requests most often come from people like you. Wondering in the back of your mind if you may have mold in your property. Like you, they have no idea where to start and maybe they don't even see visible signs of mold growing. However, you have a gut feeling something is wrong. You may be experiencing things like strange odors, mustiness, frequent illnesses, headaches & fatigue when you spend time in certain rooms or more!
When Should Mold Testing be Done?
Mold testing is not necessary when there are visible signs of mold. It is universally agreed upon (in our industry) that if mold is visible it should be safely removed. It is irrelevant to test the type of mold or the spore count when it is going to be removed through remediation anyways. We recommend mold testing in situations where there is not any visible mold and the occupants have reoccurring health issues or upon completion of remediation to ensure all mold has been properly removed with no spores becoming airborne. While we feel pre-testing for mold is sometimes not needed, post testing is very important to us. We feel that the knowledge of the air quality after remediation services have been performed is very important and helpful to ensure improved indoor air quality for your home. We want to verify that mold counts are within a safe range before we leave your property. This matters to us as it confirms the quality of our work.
What is the Difference in a Mold Test & a Mold Inspection?
In selecting your mold professional take precautions to ask what type of testing will be done, how many areas and if they will inspect the entire property. Many times price-driven promotions offer a quick 2 sample test with a basic lab report. However, they do not offer a thorough mold inspection of your property nor provide you with extensive knowledge & information. Read More About Mold Inspections>>
What Types of Mold Testing are the Best?
There are two primary types of mold testing available. Air testing is the most known form. Alone it has disadvantages. When it is not done in conjunction with surface testing. When choosing a mold testing professional to be sure to ask if they use multiple mold testing types during their analysis. Both air and surface testing are needed to provide accurate results. We also recommend taking multiple samples throughout the areas of concern to insure accuracy.
Air testing is useful for initial site testing, especially if mold or fungal growth is not visible. Air testing consists of using a professional air sampling device designed for the rapid collection and analysis of a wide range of airborne aerosols. These include fungal spores, pollen, insect parts, skin cell fragments, fibers, and inorganic particulates. Air enters the collection cassette, the particles become impacted on the sampling substrate, and the air leaves through the exit orifice. The airflow and patented cassette housing are designed in such a way that the particles are distributed and deposited equally on a special glass slide contained in the cassette housing called the "trace." The cassette is sent to the lab for detailed analysis and testing results.
Surface Mold Testing
Testing surfaces consist of both swab and/or tape samples that are taken from household surfaces. To find the amount of mold growth and spores deposited around the home. Samples are collected by swabbing or tapping an area of concern or an area where dust collects without disturbance for an accurate reading of what is found in the air. Like with air testing the results can vary because mold growth and spores aren't spread evenly across surfaces in the home and can change over time. Unlike air testing though, surface tests can’t identify the exact concentration of mold spores in the air.
Have You Thought About the Conflict of Interest?
When choosing a mold professional for testing and removal the last thing the common homeowner thinks about is the conflict of interest with having the same company perform testing and remediation. This is a practice that is highly discouraged by all leading certification organizations for the protection of the homeowner. What keeps a company from defrauding the test results after they have completed the mold removal to prevent themselves any additional time or money? For more information about this topic and the professional viewpoint of FreshStart's owner Click Here to Read More>>