Is Mold Sampling Necessary?
Although mold sampling is not necessary in certain circumstances, it is almost always recommended. Even when mold is visible in a small patch, home or business owners must know what type of mold they are dealing with as certain species can be highly toxic and cause serious health problems.
In situations where a mold contamination is perceived but not visible, then it is necessary for sampling to be done in order to determine if there is mold present in the building and what type of mold it is. There are two types of sampling that can performed – surface sampling and air quality testing.
Surface sampling: This form of sampling is non intrusive and only requires a swap or tape lift of surface materials that are analyzed for mold spores.
Air quality testing: This form of sampling is also non intrusive and uses sophisticated technology to take air sample readings. these readings can show above average levels of mold as well as other air pollutants.
Another situation where mold sampling is necessary is after remediation has been completed. Inspectors or remediatiors will take surface or air samples, or both, to check if a mold contamination has been successfully removed.
How do I know if I need sampling?
Even with the information above, it is not uncommon for building owners to know if they need a sample or not. Every mold situation is unique and should be treated as such. If you are unsure whether or not you need samples taken, consult a mold inspection professional. This individual can discuss your unique situation and advise you on whether or not a sample is necessary.
Who can do my mold sampling?
Sampling should always be conducted by professional mold inspectors who carry the right tools and knowledge. At The Mold Inspection Experts, we advise home and business owners to steer clear of mold remediators who offer free inspections. often times, these professionals are out for a bigger mold removal paycheque. This is a conflict of interests that can be more expensive in the long run.
Non professional inspectors may also suffer from a variety of problems. They may take an inadequate number of samples, there may be inconsistency in sampling protocols, the samples may become contaminated, outdoor control samples may be omitted, and you may incur costs for unneeded or inappropriate samples.