We recommend that anytime you are purchasing a home, you should perform mold air sample testing with the home inspection service, especially if the home has been vacant, has had a water event, or if someone is particularly 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 do not reach elevated levels that are harmful to humans unless elevated moisture levels are present. 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 any hidden moisture or water leaks are present that are not readily visible to a home inspector, then mold air sample testing can be an effective way to test the mold spore counts in the air, and alert the inspector and buyer to the need to investigate further if elevated results come back from the lab.
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Air samples can be used to gather data about mold spores present in the interior of a house. We take these samples by using a pump that forces air through a collection device that catches mold spores. Then we send the sample off to a laboratory to be analyzed. Our inspectors perform mold inspections often utilize air sampling to collect data, which has become commonplace.
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