Mold is a byproduct of the breakdown of organic matter, such as plants, wood, food, etc...
Mold spores can pose a health problem to humans. Spores can be released into the air and land on damp or wet surfaces. If conditions are right, this can allow the mold to grow. When mold growth is left unaddressed it can quickly spread. This can cause deterioration to building components as well as pose health risks.
Testing for mold typically involves: air and surface sampling. Both samples require analysis by a certified laboratory to determine the presence or absence of mold.
Air sampling is performed indoors and outdoors using canisters or cassettes. This sampling is generally used for homes in areas suspected of having high concentrations of mold spores. The outdoor samples are used to create a baseline to determine the level of mold contamination. It is then compared to the indoor sample to determine the presence or absence mold.
Surface sampling is the most common way to test for mold. Examples of this testing are using tape, swabs or carpet samples. We will inspect for visible areas of mold and take a surface sample of the suspected area. These samples are then sent to a certified laboratory to determine the presence or absent of mold.