Mold testing often requires that we take a sample from a surface or the air. We usually test that air to find out the type of mold that may exist and if it is the type of mold that can spread. At Omaha Mold Removal Services, we perform mold testing so that we will know how to treat the problem.
Mold Air Samples
We sample the air in different ways. One way is by using a spore trap sample. This requires a certain amount of air to pass through the spore trap sticky surface. Mold spores will also become trapped on the sticky surface. Once we send the trap to the laboratory for testing analysis, the spore trap is opened, stains are applied to the sticky surface and this helps to identify the type and quantities of spores present.
Mold Surface Sampling
There are three ways that we conduct mold surface sampling:
- Tape samples – We place a clear piece of tape on the area that we are sampling This will pick up mold that is on the surface and enables us to send it to the lab for testing.
- Bulk samples – We physically remove a sample from a piece of the area being sampled and it is sent for testing.
- Swab samples – Something similar to a cotton swab is rubbed on the area we are sampling and sent to the lab for testing.
We learn all that we need to know about the type of mold that is present and how much through testing.
The first example of mold testing is a visual assessment. Experts are able to tell whether the mold is toxic or where the mold problem is coming from just by looking at the surfaces. This is a process where some samples are collected but mostly the testing is done by either air testing or across surfaces with special equipment that can identify the concentration of mold. Since mold grows in spores sometimes it's really difficult to tell whether a surface is infested or not unless the visual assessment is done.
This is probably the most important procedure of mold testing. This is where our experts take samples from the air and contaminated areas or surfaces and they put the samples under the microscope. These tests will tell us whether your mold problem is toxic or not or whether the mold growths are as bad as we think or worse. The number of mold spores in the air can change from time to time that's why we need different results and different samples in order to be able to determine how bad the situation is. Our expert might come to your house frequently and take certain samples from different surfaces and the air in order to determine how long the mold removal is going to last.
This is where our non-field experts come in to play. We have professionals that work in a laboratory where they put all the mold under a microscope in order to determine whether the mold is toxic or not. You must understand that if the mold is toxic and it's not removed, it might be very dangerous for your health and the health of your relatives. We must determine whether the mold might cause allergic reaction's to you or anybody around you and try to remove it as fast as possible. In case the mold is non-toxic it's still a good idea to remove it because it might lead to toxic mold.
We can do mold air testing to determine the number of mold spores in the air in order to tell how contaminated the area is. At times even though the mold is removed from the surfaces it might have been released in the air and it might have left behind spores. This is how people get allergies and the spores in this house will start the infestation once more. That's why our professionals have to do all kinds of testing in order to make sure that you and all your relatives are not in danger and you are not living in a toxic mold environment.