Mold testing Colorado Springs CO is a critical step when solving a mold issue in the home or business. When a mold test is performed, it typically involves taking an air and surface sample. Our experts will test the air or surface to find what type of mold is present and if that mold has the capabilities to grow in a particular location.
Our professional inspector will take an air sample and will analyze it in a wide array of ways. One of the most common methods used for a mold air sample when mold testing Colorado Springs is to use a spore trap. When this method is utilized, it is called a spore trap sample.
The spore trap works by allowing a specific volume of air to pass over a sticky surface in the spore trap sampling device. As the air passes through this sampling device, the particles in the air will also pass over the sticky surface. During this pass over, the particles adhere to the sticky surface.
Mold spores will be included in the subset of the particles caught on the sticky surface. When the spore trap sampling device is sent to the laboratory for analysis, the technician will open the trap and apply the stain to the sticky surface.
The mold spores will absorb this stain. It also allows our technician to identify and quantify the variety of mold spores that were captured during the sampling procedure. Our experts can use a variety of mold sampling methods, which include culturing (growing) mold spores captured from the air. However, these types of practices are not as common as the spore trap.
As with air samples, our experts have various techniques to collect surface samples. However, the most common methods include bulk, swab, and tape samples. Our professional has experience with the best mold testing companies in Colorado Springs and can choose the best plan for your situation.
A bulk sample involves physically removing a piece of the sampled area. This piece is sent to a mold testing facility as a whole piece. This piece could be a cut out of a piece of sheetrock, or another object easily sent. This method is only useful in a situation where you can remove the item without causing significant damage.
A swab sample is similar to a throat culture where the doctor uses a cotton swab to collect a sample from your throat. Our technician will use a swab to rub across the moldy area. He or she will use a measured area and then send the swab to the mold testing facility.
The tape sample method is conducted by using a piece of clear tape. The tape is pressed against and removed from the area that needs to be tested. The sticky part of the tape should pick up and remove particles of any mold present. The tape will also be analyzed in a facility.
If you have noticed mold or suspect your home may have mold, give us a call today for the best mold testing in Colorado Springs.