What To Know About Mold Swabs and Air Quality Testing

Air Quality Testing

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Air sampling tests the concentration of mold spores in your home's air.  Samples are taken from the air and are later examined under a microscope.
Air tests can tell you if you have a mold problem even if you cannot find the mold growth. However the amount of mold spores in the air can change drastically in a small amount of time, giving varying results at different times.

Mold Swabs /Surface Samples

Surface testing takes samples from household surfaces to find the amount of mold growth and spores deposited around the home. Samples are collected by swabbing.  The sample is then examined in a laboratory.
Like with air testing the results can vary because mold growth and spores aren't spread evenly across surfaces in the home and can change over time. Unlike air testing though, surface tests can't identify the exact concentration of mold spores in the air.

Why You Should Test for Mold
The main reasons for having mold testing performed in your home are:

-You notice signs of mold such as a mold smell or mold symptoms
-To identify the species of mold in your home
-To help you find where mold is growing-
-To test indoor air quality by measuring the amount of spores in the air
-To test if mold in your home has been fully removed

Identifying Mold Species

Another reason for mold testing is if you want to find out what kind of species of mold is in your home. This is important for toxic molds since extra caution needs to be taken to safely remove toxic mold from the home. Two well-known toxic molds are Stachybotrys (often called toxic black mold) and Aspergillus. If you see mold which looks like a toxic species or if you are suffering toxic symptoms then you should have it tested before you try to remove it. The only way to identify the species of a mold colony for certain is to have a mold professional look at a sample of it under the microscope.

Mold Removal Products

There are several products you can use to kill and remove mold.  Some of the most effective mold removal products include:

  • Bleach
  • Borax
  • Vinegar
  • Ammonia
  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • Detergent Baking soda
  • Tea tree oil
  • Grapefruit seed extract

More information on MOLD Remediation can be found at https://blackmold.awardspace.com/mold-removal-cleanup.html

Remediation

Mirowski Inspection recommends that anytime you have test results that show ELEVATED or UNUSUAL results that you contact a Mold Remediation/Removal Specialist.  Some local sources in the Springfiel MO area are listed here:

  1. Certified Water & Mold – Springfield 417-885-9493; Kansas City 816-835-4959
  2. All Pro Services, Inc. - Springfield 417-881-3566
  3. Sunbelt Environmental – Springfield  417-831-5052

 

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