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Learn About a Variety of Austin Mold Testing Services

Learn About a Variety of Austin Mold Testing Services

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Mold testing, or what we call “sampling,” is a standard part of most mold assessments. There are several different methods we use at Texas Mold Consultants. A few common methods include:

  • Air sampling
 
  • Wall cavity sampling
 
  • Tape slide samples

Read on below to learn about the differences between these three approaches to mold sample extraction.

Air Sampling

Air Sampling

Detecting Mold Via Composition of Indoor Air

This is a measurement of what is present in the air in a certain area at that moment in time. We use a calibrated air pump to sample for five minutes. The pump sucks in 75 liters of air to be sampled. We use Allergenco-D air sampling cassettes, which test for mold spores, pollen, skin fragments, insects, combustion particles, toners, environmental dust and construction dust. The cassette is sealed and delivered to a lab where the types and amounts of spores in the air are determined. An outdoor reference sample is always obtained for comparison to the indoor samples.

Wall Cavity Sampling

Wall Cavity Sampling

Mold Testing to Find Spores in Hidden Areas of the Home or Business

This is used to determine what microbial activity is present in the space behind a wall. We start by hand drilling a half-inch hole through the sheet rock. Then we attach a specialized tube adapter to the Allergenco-D cassette. The end of the tube is then inserted into the wall cavity. A small rubber grommet on the tubing seals the hole and ensures a depth of approximately two inches. From there, we follow the same process as a regular air sample. A two-minute sampling time is used to test the small space.

Tape Slide Samples

Tape Slide Samples

Getting Spore Samples by Direct Instrument Contact

These are used to obtain samples of fungal spores and other particles by making direct physical contact with a surface. The tape slide is a plastic slide with an adhesive surface that is pressed against the material to collect the desired sample. As with air samples, the tape slides are sealed and delivered to a lab for identification of fungal spores and mycelial fragments. The results consist of the genus of the spores and whether they're in a growth or non-growth status.

Mold testing is the most accurate way to test for mold in or around your property. During the past 27 years, we’ve tested over 10,000 samples. Contact us today to test your home or business for mold.