Bulk Sampling For Mold

Bulk Sampling is another technique used for direct examination. A direct exam allows for the immediate determination of the presence of fungal spores as well as what types of fungi are present. Direct examinations should only be used to sample visible mold growth in a contaminated area since most surfaces collect a mixture of fungal […]

Surface Sampling For Mold

Surface sampling is the most common technique used to test surfaces for mold during a mold inspection.  It provides valuable information.  The species of mold, the relative degree of contamination, and the potential for airborne spore production may all be determined by tape sampling. This method can be performed using either standard, clear cellophane tape or a […]

Common Mold Tests

There are may forms of mold testing that can determine whether or not your home or office has mold, and the severity of issue if one exists.  The most common form of testing is Air Sampling, which basically traps spores in the air onto a sticky slide within a cassette that is mounted on top […]

Cost of Mold Inspections

Recently, I met a couple who got their home tested for mold and spent an exorbitant amount of money for what is considered a basic test.  They paid just over two thousand dollars for 4 air samples, two surface samples and a visual inspection.  But how much should a test cost?  Generally, air sampling runs […]

Culturable vs. Non-Culturable

Why Sample For Biological Materials? The goal of biological sampling is to help determine whether the biological particles present in a particular environment are affecting or causing irritation in certain individuals. Sampling is also used to locate the sources of indoor microorganisms and facilitate an effective remediation. While we are typically surrounded by a wide […]

Culturable Air Sampling

Overview Culturable air sampling is one of the most common methods of volumetric air sampling. The sampler works by drawing measured volumes of air through an instrument that contains a petri dish (or dishes) with culture media. Spores that impact onto the plate are then allowed to incubate and grow, after which the colonies may […]

Surface Sampling Overview

There are other simple sampling methods that may be used to supplement volumetric air sampling. Surface samples are taken by tape lift imprint, by swabbing the suspect surface with a culturette swab, or by submitting a bulk sample of the suspect surface. We typically recommend that a direct microscopic examination be performed on surface samples. […]

Types of Mold Inspections

Here’s a brief summary of the different types of mold inspections that can be performed to determine whether or not mold exists in a property. Air Sampling:  Air samples can be used to gather data about mold spores present in the interior of a property.  These samples are taken by using a pump that forces […]