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Mold Testing

Professional Mold Testing | Quick and Accurate

Mold is not only unsightly but can also cause serious health issues. This is why you should never allow mold to grow in your home. To this end, you need to periodically test for mold growth or spores in a process known as mold testing.  

Why/when you should test for mold

• If you notice signs of mold such as mold symptoms or smell

• To find the location of the mold growth

• To identify the species of mold in your home

• As one of the processes involved in testing indoor air quality

• To test if mold in the home has been completely removed

You should also test for mold if you’ve just bought a new home and want to ensure that its fee of the fungi before you start living there.

DIY or call a mold testing professional?

While you can attempt the test on your own, we usually recommend professional testing by a qualified mold expert. Why? Because a qualified professional has both the experience and the tools! They are better placed to collect samples and carefully analyze them for the most accurate results.

If you decide to perform the test on your own anyway, you can purchase a mold test kit from the local hardware store which can use to collect the mold samples. Then, send the samples to a professional mold testing laboratory for the actual testing.

Approaches in mold testing

At American Carpet Cleaning & Restoration, we use three main ways to test for mold;

• Air testing

Also called air sampling, this test is used to determine the presence and concentration of mold spores in air. Using the testing kit, samples of the home air are collected and sent to the lab for examination.

One of the main advantages of this approach is that it will tell you if there is a mold problem even if you cannot locate the growth yet. Once you’ve determined that you have mold, you can then proceed to search for the location of the growth. The shortcoming of the approach is that the concentration of mold spores in the air can change drastically over a short period, making accurate testing very difficult.

• Surface testing

Surface testing is what most people know. Basically, we collect samples from household surfaces such as walls and ceilings and send the samples to the lab to determine the amount of mold growth and concentration of spores in the home. Samples can be collected by tape lifting or swabbing among other methods.

The main advantage of surface testing over other air tests is that it’s easier to find out the exact concentration of mold spores in your home. The drawback, like in air testing, is that results tend to vary with time and location. If the samples are not collected professionally, you may under or overestimate the concentration of mold in your home.

• Bulk testing

Finally, in bulk testing, we collect pieces of material from your home and take them to the laboratory where each of the materials is examined under a microscope.

As you can tell, it’s not a very practical approach because there are materials you can’t carry to the lab such as heavy cupboards and furniture, or even your walls. But, it can also be an extremely effective approach for items that can be carried to the laboratory because our professionals will be able to thoroughly examine the material.

Schedule a mold test today

American Carpet Cleaning & Restoration is certified by the Indoor Air Quality Association (IAQA) in Mold Testing and Remediation. Contact us today at (918)-461-1280 to schedule your mold test.

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