There are two main methods of testing that take place when a mold inspection takes place. These are air sampling and surface sampling. Both types require a professional mold inspector and will be sent for analysis at a certified laboratory. Alongside these 2 sample methods, there are some other tools commonly utilised in the process. These will usually be measuring the level of humidity in a room or structure of a property. It is vital that we get the clearest picture possible of your property so that every element can be dealt with immediately.
Air sampling takes place using spore traps or canisters. A sample is taken outdoors to set a baseline level and give us a clear understanding of the usual mould count in your area. Then, a sample is taken in different rooms of your house. Between these samples we can build an understanding of where the mould count is highest and have a clear comparison to see how bad your issue is. The sample will be sent to a certified laboratory who will have these results back to us quickly so that we can minimise the amount of time our property is in an unsafe state.
Samples taken from surfaces are the easiest method for testing indoor mold. The most common way is to take a tape sample; this is a simple way to collect samples of visible mold. Next is a swab sample which is used for suspected mold. Finally, in carpeted areas we can perform tests on content that has been vacuumed, or even a small cut of the fibres. All of these samples will be sent off to the lab who will be able to provide us with more information including the type of mold that needs to be dealt with.
Alongside our lab samples there are several other tools that will help us to gain a clear picture of what is going on in your property. This can include a moisture meter which will detect moisture in the structure of the building. Next a humidity gauge will measure the level of humidity inside a room, and the use of a rotameter will determine the air flow rate, deciphering if the conditions are particularly welcoming for mold growth. It is also sometimes necessary for the use of a Thermal imaging to enable an overview of areas where visual investigation is not possible. Finally, a borescope can visualize suspected mold and other issues in places such as pipes.
Once the results have come back from the laboratory, our team of experts will be able to recommend the best course of action. This is a rapid process as we want to get your home back to the safe environment it should be as quickly as possible! With a clear image of the situation that your house is in, mold remediation or mold abatement will be recommended to be sure that your mold issue is properly dealt with and no longer a worry for you.