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Air Sampling for Mold: How it Works and Why it’s Necessary

We’ve discussed on this blog how the damage caused by mold can go largely unseen. Mold can hide in places that the average homeowner may not even think to look. Well, rather than inspect every inch of a home in search of mold spores there is a more efficient way to determine whether or not mold is present. This way is by sampling the air in the household in question. This is often a wise step to take after a home has suffered from some severe form of water damage caused by a backed up sewer, storm or aftermath of a fire. Air sampling for mold is one of several tools we use here at Conejo Restoration. So that you will know more about this process here is some general information about air sampling for mold.

How Air Sampling for Mold is Done

There are several methods for collecting air samples in order to test for mold. These include Impaction sampling – which takes a calibrated air sample and injects captured spores on a slide for examination with a microscope. Single-use cassette samples which also use forced air to collect samples and Particle collectors which can trap mold on a dish to be examined later. There are two important things to remember however. First, air sampling for mold should be done by processionals. Second, mold can be anywhere in a home so multiple sites must be examined in order for any test for mold to be truly revealing.

Guidelines for Mold Air Sampling

  • We pay attention to the number and location of samples: As we have stated, in order for any testing to be meaningful multiple samples must be taken in multiple locations. We make sure that samples are taken in the complaint area and that a control sample is taken in an area that has not been affected by mold. (For example, a sample can be taken outside in the winter, etc.)
  • We explain the goal of sampling: We address any questions you may have about mold sampling, the procedures we use and the actions that we advise are taken once the results are known.
  • Make sure the data is interpreted accurately: We use thorough testing methods to ensure that the results we get are accurate and complete. This is the only way that your family and home can be protected against the health dangers posed by mold.air sampling
  • We know the limitations of air sampling: Finally, we understand that air sampling is only one component to a battery of tests that must be taken once mold is suspected. We visually inspect the area and conduct other tests as well.

Finally, as we have already indicated hidden mold is not always easy to detect. For that we use our years of experience in water damage repair. We know the places that mold is likely to form and our team can handle all kinds of water damage in Thousand Oaks.

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