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Types of Mold Testing

Mold testing involves taking a sample of the area in question and finding out what kind of mold exists and/or if the mold found is able to grow in the area tested. There are two main ways to test for mold, air samples, and surface samples. Let’s take a look at these two different types of mold testing in Cape Coral.

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Air samples can be taken and analyzed in a variety of ways. The most common method uses a spore trap and is called a spore trap sample. Spore traps work by having a known volume of air pass impact a sticky surface as it passes through the spore trap sampling device. When the spore trap is sent to the mold testing laboratory for analysis, the mold laboratory opens the spore trap, applies some stains to the sticky surface that the mold spores can absorb, and then identifies and quantifies the types of mold spores captured during the sampling process.

Surface Samples

When it comes to surface samples, they can be taken in a variety of ways. The three most common ways are bulk samples, swab samples, and tape samples. With bulk sampling, a piece of the sampled area is physically removed and sent to the mold testing lab. A swab sample is done when a swab is rubbed across a surface and sent to a mold testing lab. Tape samples are clear pieces of tape that are pressed against and removed from the area being sampled.

Are You Looking for Mold Testing in Cape Coral?

At FP Property Restoration, we offer mold testing for both residential and commercial properties. Contact us today to learn more or to schedule an appointment.