Testing Vs Inspecton
Which is better?
Inspections are different in that our experienced techs can easily see the mold visually. Testing involves sending strips and air samples to a 3rd party lab that tells us specifically the type of mold it is if there is any at all.
We use the largest 3rd party lab in the nation. Testing is an important tool that gives you an exact mold spore count and what type of mold it is. There are costs associated with Lab testing and a few weeks of wait time.
Where is it?
Mold is a microscopic organism that is found virtually everywhere, indoors and outdoors. Mold can be found on plants, foods, dry leaves, and other organic materials. Also susceptible to mold growth are cellulose materials, such as cardboard, paper, ceiling tiles, drywall, and certain types of paint.
Certain rooms contain more mold spores than outside the home. While mold is everywhere it becomes a hazard in increasingly damp areas. Removing the mold from the surface may not always destroy all of the spores that are in the air. Testing your air quality is essential and important especially if you live in a very humid area.
We take a few samples of the surface that may contain microbial growth as well as moisture levels. We send those samples to a lab to inspect if it is one of 160+ mold strands, but more importantly if it’s one of the 11 kinds that affect human health. The swab test is important when you need legal documentation of the type of mold that is there.
A free inspection by a trained professional has a faster result than a mold test with a proper solution to resolve it in the future. Black mold is very easy to spot to a professional and 99% of the time there is a fix of some kind nearby. No need to wait for lab results!