Mold spores are around everywhere in most environments, so it is expected to have some mold spores inside your home. However, mold growing in your home can cause health problems and be dangerous in high levels and with toxic molds, which requires you to be diligent about mold growth in your home interior and hire an inspection to check. When you hire a professional mold inspection, this will tell you if there is a high amount of mold inside your home, where it is more prevalent, and what types of mold are present, which is a way to tell if you have toxic or less harmful mold. Here are some types of mold inspection tests and what you can expect from the results.
One of the main ways your home mold inspector will check for mold is with surface testing. Your mold inspector will take a sample of surfaces within your home with the use of an inspection tape. They will attach the tape to your home's interior wall, counter, floor, or cabinet shelves, for example, and then apply the tape onto a microscope plate. This allows them to view any mold spores trapped under the tape to find out how many spores are present on a surface and what types of mold spores are there. If you have toxic black mold in high amounts, the tape test will allow you to identify if this type of mold spore is a problem.
Another surface test completed is the swab test where the inspector rubs a cotton inspection swab onto a surface. Each swab is sent back to their lab where they will analyze it further for a count of mold spores on your home's surfaces.
Air Sample Test
During your mold inspection, the inspector will likely also take an air sample to check for mold spores. The inspector will take an air sample of the air outside your home as a control and an air sample from various rooms inside your home.
Back at their laboratory, your inspector will be able to compare the two samples to see if your home has elevated mold spore levels compared to the outside. By comparing the two measurements, they can determine if, for example, your home has a high amount of mold because there is a very high amount of mold in the environment outside your home.
Follow Up With Cleaning
After your mold inspector calculates their findings from the inspection result, they can let you know if you have elevated mold spores inside your home and what types of mold they are. If you have recently completed a mold clean-up and you find mold spores are still high, you will need to complete some further remediation inside your home.
To learn more, contact a resource that offers mold inspection services.