Mold is a fungus that grows on moisture. When the mold spores land on a moist surface, they can turn into dangerously powerful (depending on what kind) and release alarming chemicals such as mycotoxins which are potent toxins.
Mold inspections are important because certain types of molds can be harmful to the health of you and your family.
Air testing is performed to determine whether there is hidden mold in the house. Mold spores float around in the air until they find an area conductive to growth. If the surface is moist, mold spores can take hold and grow.
The mold typically develops in dark, moist places, slowly spreading over time. It can be some time before you notice the presence of mold, especially if it is forming in areas such as the attic, basement, or within the walls.
As the mold spreads, it can cause damage to whatever surface it is growing on. If the mold has been in the home undetected or untreated for some time, it can cause larger issues.’
There are several types of devices used to collect air samples that can be analyzed for mold.
Some of the most common are:
• Impactions samplers that use a calibrated air pump to impact spores onto a prepared microscope slide.
• Cassette samplers, which may be of the disposable or one-time-use type, and employ forced air to impact spores onto a collection media; and,
• Airborne-particle collectors that trap spores directly on a culture dish. This may be utilized to identify the species of mold that has been found.
All samples will be sent to specialized labs. Results could take up to two business days.