We get quite a few calls per week with customers claiming to have mold in their attics. While some do, other attics have nothing more than “Suspect Areas” of concern and we always recommend testing. The proper testing for such a situation is surface sampling. This is a direct lift of the suspect area which is then sent to a lab to be tested for mold. The reason this is so important is because attics tend to look like they have mold, but may just be dirty, discolored, etc. Competitors of ours will claim anything that any discoloration they see is mold and try to start the work immediately, but with attics being one of the highest costs of remediation in the mold business, spending a small fee to insure what is in your attic is truly mold is money well spent. So, when having your attic inspected, if it’s not clearly evident that you do have mold, then having surface sampling will be something that takes the guess work completely out.