Mold Inspection and Sampling

Does your home have a mold problem?

  • Our professional mold sampling provides many important pieces of information:

What is the most common type of mold testing?

  • Non-viable air sampling is the most common type of testing used in a mold inspection. Techniques for analyzing mold include collection of air samples and physical samples. The lab analysis will determine two key pieces of information, the type and quantity of mold spores present in the indoor air. Indoor air may be contaminated by mold, bacteria or other contaminants that could cause health issues.

Distinguishing between different types of mold growth is indecisive without laboratory sampling.  Our mold testing accurately determines the species of mold growth in your home or building.

Types of mold

  •   Stachybotrys, Aspergillus, Cladosporium, etc.  

 Mold requires 3 conditions to grow

  • Moisture
  • A food source
  • The right temperature

Some common conditions that facilitate mold growth include:

  • Plumbing Leaks, Foundation Leaks, Roof Leaks, High Humidity

How long will it take to get the mold report?

  • Laboratory results are typically available within 2-3 days. After the samples are collected, they are shipped to a certified laboratory. Here they are analyzed and a report is generated and sent electronically to your Mold Inspector. Your inspector will then provide you with this report and help explain the results. 

How many mold samples do I need?

  • The amount of mold samples needed is typically based on the size and design of the building. Generally a minimum of 3 samples are required and more if conditions warrant.

I know I’ve got a mold problem, do I still need testing?

  • Mold growth occurring indoors produces a wide variety of affects. To accurately determine the types and quantities of mold would require sampling.

What is the difference between professional mold sampling and mold test kits available in hardware stores?

  • Several types of DIY mold testing kits are commonly available at hardware stores. Typically these rely on a Petri dish sampling technique. Though inexpensive, unfortunately these kits provide very little useful data. Petri dish sampling relies on gravity to bring mold spores onto the collection plate. These spores are then allowed to grow in ideal conditions. The problem of course is that mold spores are everywhere. With Petri dish kits, even the cleanest house will show a mold problem. Professional testing follows a scientific methodology of collection. A uniform amount of air is passed through a collection cassette. This is compared to an outside control sample collected in the same manner. This comparison allows us to accurately determine the amount of mold spores in the air.