Ogden Utah Mold Testing
Mold is a form of fungus that grows from small spores found in the air. It grows almost anywhere, given the place has a comfortable temperature (40 – 100 degrees Fahrenheit) and moisture. Usually, this includes almost every damp place in a house. The most visible type of mold is known as mildew, which starts as small black spots, and grows into bigger colonies. This is the easiest way to tell if you have a mold issue. It is black stuff you see on damp walls, damp shady regions, and grout lines in your bathroom.
As you already know, mold isn’t something you want harboring in your home as it not only leads to damage to the surface it grows on but also respiratory conditions and allergies. When facing a mold issue, you need professional assistance, as doing things on your own puts you in danger. To know the extent of mold growth in your home, you need mold testing from an experienced and board-certified mold inspector. The Flood Co. has a team of inspectors ready to test for mold with state-of-the-art testing equipment and techniques, ascertaining the most accurate testing results in the region.
The Flood Co. mold testing services include environmental testing that should help recover property and medical damages as a result of mold infestation. Our company can test your house for the following:
- Mold spore casings
How Mold Testing is Done
There are two primary methods of testing for mold. It involves taking air samples or surface samples. In air sampling, the popular method utilizes a ‘spore trap’. The method works by having a particular volume of air pass through a spore-sampling device. The device contains a sticky surface which is sent to the lab for analysis. The test results tell the types of spores captured and their quantity. The technique for assessing this includes observing the sample under a microscope slide, putting a stain that the spores can absorb, and then checking for mold growth evidence.
In surface sampling, the samples are taken in three methods:
Bulk Samples – Here, a part of the sampled region is removed and then sent to the lab for testing.
Swab Samples – An item similar to a cotton swab is run across the surface being samples and sent to the lab for testing.
Tape Samples – In this technique, clear tape is pressed against the surface, removed, and sent to the lab for testing.
When to Test For Mold
There’s a wide array of signs that should tell you it’s time to get in touch with The Flood Co.
Recent Water Damage – Mold needs moisture to grow, and so, if you have recently encountered a plumbing issue or flooding, you may want to get mold inspection and testing after successful restoration.
Musty Smell – Mold grows in moist and damp areas and is almost always accompanied by a musty smell.
When Buying a New Home – Given you don’t know the history of the house entirely, it’s advisable to get a mold test done to ascertain safety.
Mold is unsightly and unhealthy, and so, you want remediation done the instant you come across it. The Flood Co. is here to serve you if you live in Ogden Utah and surrounding regions.