How Mold Testing Works and Why it's Important

How Mold Testing Works

Dealing with mold can be a frustrating issue, as it can not only be unsightly and unpleasant in small amounts, but large patches or toxic species can have devastating consequences. Not only can mold destroy your property, but long-term exposure to toxic mold can also be extremely damaging to your health.

Mold is a common problem in homes and buildings, with approximately 70% of homes in the US having some level of mold growth. Unfortunately, mold can often be hidden in areas where it is not visible or detectable by smell. Additionally, some types of mold are highly toxic and should not be cleaned without proper protection. So how can you determine if there is mold in your home if it isn't visible? The answer lies in knowing how to test for mold.

During a mold test, our Baltimore experts will collect samples and send them to a lab for analysis to determine whether there is mold present, as well as the specific species of mold. It's important to note that mold testing and mold inspections are different services that provide different results. A mold inspection focuses on identifying physical signs of mold growth, while a mold test confirms the presence of mold and the type.

It is highly recommended to hire a professional to handle mold testing. This ensures that the testing is done properly and accurately, reducing the risk of potential health hazards. Remember, you could be unknowingly exposed to toxic mold if it is not detected and addressed appropriately. Get in touch with O2 Mold Testing specialists, and we will help you right away!


Types of Mold Tests

When you schedule a professional mold test, our experts will visit your property to collect samples from areas where mold growth is suspected. These tests can also be conducted after mold remediation work to ensure that all traces of mold have been safely removed.

There are various types of mold tests available to accurately identify the organisms involved and determine the location of any hidden infestations.

Bulk, Tape, or Swab Test If you can visibly see a dark stain on your wall or floor that you suspect is mold, a Bulk Sample test is typically the best option. This test involves taking a small piece of the material, such as carpet, flooring, or drywall, for testing. Alternatively, a Tape Lift or a Swab Test can be used to collect samples.

Air Tests: Since mold releases spores into the air as it reproduces and spreads, air sampling can be useful for detection and identification. A low-flow portable air pump is used to collect a predetermined volume of air, which is then analyzed. We will also collect a sample from the outdoors, as a control sample. The amount and types of mold spores in the control sample are compared with the amount and types of mold spores identified in the testing sample from inside the property. If there is a greater quantity of mold measured indoors than in the immediate area outdoors, then mold growth can be confirmed, and we can suggest appropriate steps for mold remediation.

Wall Cavity Air Tests: Sampling physical material from hidden spaces behind walls, above ceilings, or under floors can be challenging. Therefore, air sampling is often the preferred method for such areas. This test is similar to a standard air test, but multiple cartridges are often gathered to obtain more accurate results.


Why is mold testing important?

Mold detection plays a crucial role in confirming the presence of mold in your home, as mold can be harmful to your family's health. Knowledge is power, because once you know that there is mold, you can rely on professional mold remediation services to remove it and implement preventive measures to inhibit its regrowth. Since DIY mold testing kits may yield unreliable results, they may not However, it is important to note that relying on DIY mold testing kits can yield unreliable results. These kits may not accurately determine the presence or extent of substantial mold, especially if it is hidden from view. Our mold testing professionals have the knowledge and experience to test your property for mold correctly, for results you can rely on.


O2 Mold Testing of Baltimore

We remove the uncertainty that so often surrounds mold. When you need to know for sure, we can get the answers. We offer a full range of mold testing services with certified laboratory reports to document the problem. You'll have exactly the information you need to make the best decision for your home or business property.

Call us: at 443-315-2513 and read our blog to protect yourself from mold.