Mold Testing the Accurate Way
Pre-Remediation Optional Mold Testing Purpose
Pre-remediation testing allows us to understand, species or type of mold present, determine the extent of airborne spores present in the suspicious areas, statistics from the starting point, age of infestation and can suggest areas of hidden menace. Pre-remediation testing when compared with Post-remediation testing can ensure successful remediation. All stages of testing are required should you need proof your home or office is free of mold infestation- very important in real estate transactions.
Parameters of Testing
The locations for testing is the decision of the property owner or their legal representative. However, recommendations will be offered by the inspector regarding location and number of samples taken. The inspector cannot be held responsible for the decision to decline testing in a recommended location. Accurate testing is critical to a prove a successful mold remediation.
Procedure of Optional Mold Testing
The collection of mold for sampling can be done with one of three proven methods or any combination thereof. A swab wiped across the visible colonies of mold or a sticky tape lift will reveal the species when the samples are examined at the accredited testing lab. A number of air samples taken throughout your home will be collected to determine the number of airborne spores present in the suspected areas. A control sample must also be taken of a non-suspect area, either indoor or outdoor, to compare the suspect samples to. The Laboratory samples are sent to a 3rd party accredited Lab for appropriate analysis. Just in notation, a visual inspection alone cannot determine the species of mold as many types share the same characteristics. Also, how many mold spores are floating through the air cannot be visually quantified. Just a word of caution, the mold test kits you can order through the mail for $10 or $50 have a well-founded reputation for being useless- Yes, Mold spores are everywhere so that little petri dish sent with your test kit will probably grow colonies- even in your non-infested home because it is the perfect environment for them.