We recommend that anytime you are purchasing a home, you should perform mold air sample testing. It is ideal to do it at the same instant as the home inspection service. We suggest this, especially if the home has been vacant or has had a water event. Mold testing is equally important, especially if someone is sensitive to mold. We can visually observe areas of a home and try to identify moisture leaks or moisture damage that may have resulted in mold growth, but at times this can be hidden or not visible. A mold air sample test can help to identify if elevated levels of mold spores are present in the air, which can be an indication of potential elevated moisture concerns.
Typically mold growth can only occur where water or moisture is present. Mold spores are everywhere in the air. But they usually do not reach high levels that are harmful to humans unless there are high moisture levels. Controlling water/moisture is the key to controlling mold growth. Construction materials provide the food source for mold, but water is the trigger to mold growth. If the area has moisture or water leaks that are not readily visible to a home inspector, then mold sample testing can be an effective way to check the mold spore counts in the air. In this case, alert the inspector and buyer on the need to investigate further if elevated results come back from the lab.
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Firstly, we take these samples by using a pump that forces air through a collection device that catches mold spores. Then, we utilize air samples to gather data about mold spores in the interior of a house. Afterward, a laboratory will analyze the samples we send them. Our inspectors who perform mold inspections often utilize air sampling to collect data, which has become commonplace.
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