Mold Inspection and Testing
A visual inspection is an initial step in identifying mold problems and possible contamination issues. During the process, water leaks, and moisture stains within the house will be identified. Air conditioning, heating systems, and crawl spaces will also receive inspection. Visual inspection in combination with air, tape, and swab sampling will ensure the inspector will be able to determine the source of the contamination problem and remediate it.
The purpose of air sampling is to determine the type and amount of airborne contaminants present. Air sampling is performed when the presence of mold is suspect, due to musty odors and allergies but cannot be determined through the visual inspection. Air sampling is performed on both the indoor and outdoor air for a comparison to determine where problems exist or originate. The indoor sample is taken when the AC or heating systems are in operation to ensure an effective and accurate test.
Tape/swab samples are typically collected from visually moldy areas of an interior area using a sterile swab. This type of test is done to determine the type of mold infestation.