Air Testing: we use a zefon air pump,calibrated
to 15 liters per minute, to collect the sample, we
use an air-o-cell self contained sample cassette.
we take two samples, one inside the house, the other
outside to compare the samples. These samples are
run for 15 or 20 minutes.
Test Tube Swabs: swabs are used
to take direct mold samples usually off blower motors,and
evaporator coils. they are put into a self contained
test tube with a cap to prevent lab solution from
coming out.at the lab the sample is put in a incubator
to see what grows.
Direct Tape Lifts: using clear tape
or specially designed adhesive
microscope slides, sample are lifted directly of the
mold.these samples are usually taken from airhandler
insulation or insulated duct board.
After arrival at the lab they are put on a powerful
microscope and identified. the biologist can actually
count the mold spores.
Carpet or Fiber Testing: With a
special adapter attached to the air pump, carpet fibers
can be vaccumed on to the air-0-cell cassette, the
slide inside removed and put onto a microscope.
Wall Cavity Testing: using another
adapter a small hole can be made into a wall cavity
the air vaccumed out and onto an air-o-cell cassette.
We have all types of different equipment and tools
to do a complete mold inspection and mold testing.
We have the rotobrush i2cam to look in your duct work,
moisture meters to help find the cause. Whatever needs
to be done, we will find the answers. We have many
friends in the remediation community, and we are not
too proud to ask them for help.
Whatever we inspect, whatever we test, our customers
will receive it all in writing. Mold test results
will be hand carried from the lab to the customer,
we do not mail anything.
What is Mold?
Mold is a microscopic organism that grows from spores.
There are estimated to be over 100,000 species of
mold in the World and they are virtually everywhere
in our environment. They are usually inactive and
don't present problems. In fact, molds are part of
the natural environment and play a part in nature
by breaking down dead organic matter such as fallen
leaves and dead trees. However, indoors, mold growth
should be avoided. When it settles on a surface under
the right moisture and temperature conditions they
start to swell and begin to germinate and multiply
Certain types of molds are capable of producing a
class of compounds called mycotoxins. Identifying
mold is important because it is a common cause of
asthma and/or allergic reaction with sensitized people.
For these people, exposure to molds can cause symptoms
such as nasal stuffiness, eye irritation, wheezing,
or skin irritation. Some people, such as those with
serious allergies to molds, may have more severe reactions
such as memory loss or severe lung problems. It's
thought that mycotoxins are more likely to trigger
health problems in even healthy individuals.
View our Mold Glossary