Mold Testing: Which One Should I Pick?

Mold Testing: Which One Should I Pick?

Before mold can be treated, it must be detected. Sometimes this is a simple task, such as when the mold is readily apparent on the surface of your walls or ceiling. But often mold occurs in hidden places, such as in wall or ceiling cavities, vents, and carpet padding. If you have cold or allergy-like symptoms that persist over a long period of time a mold test is a wise investment.

Although there is no substitute for professional mold testing and analysis, there are some cases in which you may want to use a home mold test first to either put your suspicions to rest or confirm the existence of the problem. Many types of mold tests are available, which gather and analyze information in different ways.

Bulk Testing
This method of analysis examines pieces of material from different parts of your home to detect the presence or absence of mold spores. This test gives you an idea of whether or not you have a mold problem, but does not give reliable insight into its concentration or species.

Surface Testing
This process lifts spores from hard surfaces around your home using swabs, tape, and other methods of collection. The sources are then analyzed to detect the presence or absence of mold, although exact concentrations in the air cannot be accurately measured and species is usually not determined.

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Air Testing
This kind of testing analyzes the air in your home for the presence of mold spores (often using air from your vents or ducts, where mold is most likely to grow). Indoor air quality testing is quick and easy to perform and does not require handling any live mold. It can accurately detect the presence or absence of mold in your home and gives a rough estimate as to the concentration, but cannot identify the species.

Culture Testing
Culture testing is used in conjunction with other forms of collection processes to grow live spores found in the sample. This allows the lab to accurately identify the species you have in your home. The most common species are Cladosporium, Penicillium, Alternaria, and Aspergillus. If your test comes back positive for mold, particularly in high concentrations, it may be time for professional assistance.

If you are facing a mold problem in hard-to-access areas, or at great concentrations, give us a call at 1-866-920-MOLD (920-6653) to discuss treatment and remediation processes.

MicroZyme Technologies is proud to provide mold inspections, mold testing, mold remediation, mold cleanup and removal to the following cities and states: Worchester, MA; Boston, MA; Springfield, MA; Providence, MA; Manchester, NH, Hartford, CT; New Haven, CT; Cape Cod; Portland, ME; Maine; Vermont; Rhode Island, New Hampshire, and Connecticut.