- Mold spores are everywhere
- Damp conditions promote mold growth
- Mold is often hidden inside walls and ceilings
- Grows rapidly in ideal conditions
- Mold abatement can be disruptive and costly
Methods of Mold Testing
Air Mold Testing
Air Mold Testing targets the mold growth you don’t see. It can be hidden behind your walls, appliances, cabinets, carpets, in ductwork, etc. This highly sensitive test can help detect a “sick” house before the problem is visible. It involves assessing the levels of mold spores in the air.
I perform air mold tests by taking an outdoor sample and comparing it with indoor samples. The outdoor samples provides the basis for which my laboratory partners compare the indoor samples. This process, along with other factors such as weather, air flow in the home, floor plan, and configuration of HVAC systems, helps me assess the potential of hidden mold.
Surface Mold Testing
Surface mold testing is performed when visible microbial growth is present. If you see signs of surface growth, there is often widespread growth you won’t see. We are laboratory trained in the latest sample collection methods ensuring your results are accurate. As with air mold testing, all samples are analyzed by our laboratory partners.
All samples are analyzed by an accredited AIHA laboratory.
Mold needs three things in order to growth: nutrients, correct temperature, and moisture. Your home is full of organic-laden materials mold “eats” like wood, drywall, and carpet. The temperature range is ideal. The only thing that can be controlled is moisture. of any type of mold can precipitate health
Mold has invisible seeds called spores that are everywhere floating in the air, indoors and out. Most of the time, the spores land on something dry and nothing happens. Damp conditions provide an environment where the airborne spores land and turn into surface mold. It often grows in places that do not appear damp such as behind walls and under your carpets. It is sometimes impossible to see the mold. Unfortunately, surface mold produces high concentrations of spores which are contained in your home.
You may have heard of “black” (Stachybotrys) and other types of toxigenic mold. This topic, especially surrounding Stachybotrys, has been covered widely by the press. Keep in mind that all types of indoor mold growth should be eliminated. The remediation process is identical for all types of mold…stop the source of moisture, remove, clean and/or repair the damaged material, and painstakingly clean the entire inside of the house.
On Point Inspections is an unbiased mold tester. I do not provide mold remediation services avoiding any possible conflict of interest. Once your mold mitigation work is complete by a mold contractor I can perform an air mold test for you.