Found mold in your home? Here is what you need to know before scheduling a mold test.
There are two different times to test a property for mold, pre-treatment and post-treatment. Pre-treatment mold testing gives the property owner certified results on the levels of mold found in their property and a clear understanding of if mold remediation is necessary.
Post-treatment mold testing is used to ensure any completed remediation was successful and can be compared to the pre-treatment results for a clear understanding of the mold issue before and after remediation.
The areas of the property being tested are determined by the property owner. The technician will provide recommendations on the areas to test, but the final decision is made by the property owner.
Step 1: On-Site Inspection
A certified technician will inspect your area of concern and will then recommend the type of mold testing required.
Step 2: Conduct Mold Test
Mold testing will be conducted by one of two sampling methods: air quality sampling and or surface sampling, as determined by the technician on site.
There are two different mold tests that can be conducted based on your needs:
Type 1: Air quality sampling is used to determine the amount of airborne mold spores present in the area being tested at that point in time. Mold is not always visible to the naked eye, which is why air quality sampling is so important.
Type 2: Surface sampling is used to determine if a visible substance or growth, is in fact mold, as well as what type of mold it might be.
Step 3: Receive Certified Results
After the samples are collected and labeled with a serial number, they will be submitted and analyzed by an AIHA accredited third party laboratory. Once the analysis is complete, the lab will send a Certificate of Mold Analysis via email or mail to the customer. The analysis will show the types and quantities of each mold found in the analyzed samples and a conclusion from the lab based on the levels of mold that were found.