Mold Testing

What is Mold Testing?


Broadly speaking, most mold testing involves taking a tape sample from the surface of the area which shows probable evidence. The tape sample is then sent to an accredited AIHA and NVLAP full-service environmental laboratory for evaluation. Mold analysis reports are returned normally within a 1-day standard turnaround.

 

Why Test for Mold?

 

People spend 90% of their lives indoors. The American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine states that only 10% of the population has "allergic antibodies to common inhalant molds." Further, symptoms of mold exposure include but are not limited to:

  • difficulty breathing

  • sinus congestion

  • sore throat

  • skin irritation

  • cognitive disorders

  • brain damage
     

How is Mold Testing Performed?

 

Tape samples: A piece of clear tape is pressed against and removed from the area being sampled, presumably picking up and removing part of any mold that was present on the surface, and then sent to the mold testing laboratory for analysis.

After the mold samples arrive at the mold testing laboratory, there are many ways to analyze these mold samples. The most common methods involve transferring relevant sections (or all) of the submitted mold sample onto a glass microscope slide, adding a stain that mold spores can absorb, and then evaluating the sample for evidence of mold growth.

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