- 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.
Air mold testing is performed by taking an outdoor sample and comparing it with various indoor samples taken in strategic locations throughout the home.. The outdoor samples provides the basis for which our 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 observed suspected organic microbial growth is present. If there are signs of surface growth there is often widespread growth that cannot be observed. 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.
Air mold samples are are analyzed by an accredited AIHA laboratory. Mold cannot be confirmed by visual observation. It must sampled by a qualified mold tester then analyzed and confirmed as such by an accredited mold 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.
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. There is a widespread amount of misinformation surrounding toxigenic mold, mold testing and mold remediation.
On Point Inspections is an unbiased mold tester. We do not provide mold remediation services avoiding any possible conflict of interest. Once your mold mitigation work is complete by a mold remediation contractor we can perform follow-up mold testing for you.