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Mold Testing – What You Need to Know

Mold doesn’t make a grand entrance. It’s a stealth invader, finding its way into hidden spaces in your home. Even if you have no reason to suspect a problem, mold testing provides peace of mind by ensuring your home’s safety or detecting a problem before it gets out of hand.

The techniques are more sophisticated than relying on visual cues. Here is a primer on mold testing to give you a better understanding of the process.

  • Air tests are helpful if there are not any visible signs of mold. A sample of the air in your home is examined under a microscope to check for the amount of mold spores present.
  • In surface testing, swabbing or other methods are used to lift samples from household surfaces for examination. This technique identifies the presence of mold but cannot determine its airborne presence.
  • Bulk testing collects actual pieces of material from your home for examination to determine if mold is present and how concentrated the particles are.
  • While testing gives you a picture of mold presence for a particular time and place, mold spores travel, causing the concentrations to fluctuate. Conducting a series of tests at different times and locations provides more accurate results.
  • DIY test kits are available on the market, but hiring an experienced professional mold tester is the most effective way to obtain a thorough and accurate report.

If a mold problem is discovered, our friendly, trained technicians will use our eco-friendly MoldExterm system to remove all traces from your home and install measures to prevent future infestations. Contact us today to schedule a free mold inspection.