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What Is Mold Testing and How Is It Performed?

5/7/2020 (Permalink)

Hand wearing white glove holding up a petri dish with visible mold spores. Mold testing is a critical part of mold mitigation. Confirming the presence and type of mold is the starting point of the whole process.

In the state of Florida, before any mold mitigation can begin, the law requires that the property be tested by a third-party company for mold. The results of this test will determine if mold exists and identify the type of mold. Most mold testing involves taking a sample of either the air or a surface.

  • Air samples
    • The most common method is called a “spore trap sample”. Spore traps work by having a known volume of air pass a sticky surface in the sampling device collecting particles including mold spores.
  • Surface samples
    • Bulk samples-A piece of the sampled area is physically removed.
    • Swab samples-A cotton swab is rubbed across the area being sampled, often a measured area.
    • Tape samples-A piece of clear tape is pressed against and removed from the area being sampled, presumably picking up and removing part of any mold that was present on the surface.

If you suspect mold in your property, give us call at 772-770-0501. We’d love to set an appointment to have our licensed mold assesor check out your property. We are here to help!

SERVPRO of Vero Beach



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