Mold is literally a growing concern that has given rise to the need for indoor air quality testing. There are three things that mold needs in order to live: air, food, and moisture. This makes homes and buildings, especially in a humid climate, very ideal environments for mold to thrive in.
The quality of air around us is something we often don’t think about. However, the air we breath can have as much of an effect on us as diet and exercise. Mold is everywhere! It’s a normal part of nature, but if toxigenic mold spores are highly concentrated in the air of your home or place of work, it could adversely affect your health and quality of life.
Types Of Mold Testing
If you see mold growing in your home or building, we would recommend you to have a direct swab test taken. This can identify the kind of mold growing and tell you if the mold is still actively growing.
Maybe you smell something musty in your bathroom or basement or maybe you just want the peace of mind that the air you are breathing does not have elevated mold spores. In these cases, we would recommend doing an air quality test. It is recommended that one indoor air sample is taken for every 500-1,000 square feet of livable space.
We offer a variety of affordable and reliable mold and air quality testing. Our inspectors have the skills, equipment, and knowledge to properly conduct a mold assessment of the home, sample the air, or take direct swab tests of suspicious growth in order to properly identify potentially high levels of pollutants.
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How Does Air Quality Testing Work?
Property owners can perform air quality tests on their own by following DIY instructions available online. However, the results that appear through these tests can be inaccurate and misleading. That is why it is important to hire professionals who have the correct tools and knowledge when it comes to air testing.
Experts perform air quality tests by taking an air sample in various parts of the property using a specialized air pump that collects spores in the air. The more locations they sample, the better as it would also help them locate the source of contaminants. The samples are then sent to a laboratory for analysis. You will receive an emailed report from the lab detailing all the pollutants identified along with their levels which can help determine if remediation is recommended.
When Should You Test Air Quality?
If you can smell unusual odors in different parts of your property, it would be a good idea to have your air tested. However, some air contaminants do not give off any odor. If you live in a place where there is a history of water leaks or mold growth, an air quality test may give you peace of mind.
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