Mold is a variation of fungi that grows on your ceilings, clothes, carpets, walls, insulation and wood. It occurs as a result of moisture that has formed due to condensation, flooding or leaks. It usually occurs within 48 hours once the surface has been wet, and temperatures need to be humid enough for it to grow. Here’s how mold remediation professionals may test for it:
Toxic variations here include trichoderma and mycotoxins, which can be detrimental to your health. This is especially harmful for those with compromised immune systems. If left untreated, it perpetuates a foul odor within your home, and may lead to the collapse of ceiling tiles and floor boards.
Mold tests involve taking samples of the affected surface or air. Test results should ascertain the type of mold present and also whether that specific mold is able to grow further. Mold testing is therefore imperative for optimal health and structure maintenance.
We’ll test your surfaces via primary methods such as tape samples, bulk samples, and swab samples. It’s always a good time to test when there’s a mold odor, whether you’ve developed a sudden allergy, when you’ve noticed a leak, detected rusting as result of condensation, or when you can see the mold with your naked eye.
With a tape sample, we’ll extract your mold sample by placing a piece of tape across the surface. Mold deposits on the tape are then sent to a laboratory to be analyzed.
Swab testing involves rubbing material across the surface. The swab is sent to a mold testing laboratory to be analyzed.
This type of testing involves extracting a spore trap sample. These traps operate by allowing air to impact a sticky surface, as it filters through the trap. The traps are sent to the mold-testing laboratory to be analyzed. Lab technicians will open the trap, and place stains across the sticky surface.
The mold spores absorb these, and deciphers the types, and quantities of mold present. Culturing is also used to test for airborne mold. Call our mold remediation experts today to help detect, and treat mold on your property.