FREE Mold Testing is available with our Test Reimbursement Program (call and ask a representative how you can qualify for free Mold Testing). Mold testing with a government certified laboratory will give you all the necessary information regarding the mold such as mold identification (Type of mold) spore count analysis (toxic level of mold) Contaminated area Legal level of mold (Controlled, Not Elevated, or Elevated) This information will help you determine your next step weather it is to remove the contaminated areas, clean the contaminated areas, condemn the property, or not do anything at all. Mold testing is considered a government document and can be presented in the court of law as well as to a licensed 3rd party contractor waiting to perform services at your property.
Your Home or Office Could be Harming You!
Union Restoration scientists use diagnostic scientific equipment and all results are certified by independent accredited laboratories. Union Restoration’s mold testing report, documents problems, identifies the cause and provides written protocols detailing how to remove and correct the mold problem.
Environmental events can occur anytime and include flood, water leaks or building design failures. Any of these problems may cause mold growth. Mold testing and inspection is necessary when these situations happen and should be performed by qualified scientific personnel only.
Mold testing and inspection should be completed as quickly as possible after an event to prevent further damage and minimize potential health effects to occupants.
Mold Test Kits: What to Look For
There are many different types of mold tests. Some include sample testing, while others use a petri dish that collect dust and spores to fall from the air. Some black mold test kits give you the results at home, and others require you to send the sample back to a lab. As you determine the type of mold test you need, we suggest using the following criteria.
The best mold detectors include multiple testing methods and can help you identify several indoor particles. In addition to testing for mold, you should look for a kit that also identifies pathogens such as yeast and bacteria. Timeliness is a major factor, and the sooner a kit can provide results, the sooner you’ll know what you’re dealing with. We recommend using a mold detection kit that provides quick test results. Finally, if a test works outdoors, you can compare your indoor results to your immediate environment.
Many mold tests include mailing instructions for laboratory analysis. Most of these tests have an extra fee. Other kits require you to send your sample to a lab, forcing you to wait even longer for your results. Usually, the lab emails the results back to you. It is important to immediately review your lab report and examine your solution options. If you hope to use the mycology report as a way to save money on professional mold removal, make sure the lab is accredited by the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA). Many specialists will not accept mold reports unless they are from an AIHA-certified lab.
It is important to find a mold test kit that includes all of the equipment necessary to collect complete samples. If a test kit is able to collect surface samples but does not include swabs or adhesive strips, you’ll have to spend even more money elsewhere. Usually, you can determine the types of tests the kit can perform by looking at the included supplies.
Mold Testing: Surface Samples
Surface samples can be taken in a variety of ways. The three most common methods are:
1. Bulk samples. A piece of the sampled area is physically removed and sent to the mold testing laboratory,
2. Swab samples. Something akin to a cotton swab is rubbed across the area being sampled, often a measured area, and subsequently sent to the mold testing laboratory, and
3. Tape samples. A piece of clear tape is pressed against and removed from the area being sampled, presumably picking up and removing part of any mold that was present on the surface, and then set to the mold testing laboratory for analysis.