If you think you might have a mold problem in your home the best way to know for sure (unless youve actually seen the mold) is through mold testing. Mold testing will help you find hidden molds as well as telling you what species of molds are present.
The best way to perform mold testing is to have it done by a professional. You will get the most accurate results, and methods for removing the mold if it is present, when you hire a qualified mold testing and removal professional. Alternatively, you can purchase a mold test kit and do it yourself.
Mold Test Kits
The four main types of mold tests are:
- Air tests
- Surface tests
- Bulk tests
- Culture tests
To get the best results you should perform all four tests because each has weaknesses and strengths.
Air Testing for Mold Air tests measure the amount of mold spores in the air in your home. Air samples are taken and are examined under a microscope. These tests will let you know if there is mold in your home even when you cant see the mold.
Surface Testing for Mold These tests will sample the surfaces of your home to determine if there are mold growths or spores on surface areas. Swabbing and tape lifting are the most common ways of obtaining samples which are then looked at under a microscope. While surface tests will alert you to the presence of mold, they cant tell you the concentration.
Bulk Testing for Mold Bulk test collect actual pieces from you home for examination in the laboratory. This will tell you what kinds of mold are present and in what concentration.
Culture Tests for Mold Culture tests take samples found in the home and grow more of that mold under laboratory conditions. This will most accurately determine the mold species growing in your home.
Why Conduct Mold Testing?– There are several good reasons to have mold testing performed:
– You smell mold or have mold sickness symptoms.
– Youve seen mold and want to know what species it is.
– You want to determine where mold is growing in your home.
– You are concerned about the air quality in your home.
– You have had mold remediation and want to verify that all the mold is gone.
Mold Inspection before Mold Testing
Before you test for mold you should have your home professionally inspected for mold. If the inspection finds mold you can skip having testing done and move on to mold remediation for removal of the mold. Either way, mold inspection or mold testing, it is wise to hire a mold removal expert.