As a homeowner in Gainesville, VA, you want your family safe. If you are noticing moldy smells or actually seeing mold in certain areas of your home, it is time for you to get a mold inspection. Mold growth is something you don’t want to ignore because it will continue to grow and spread throughout your Gainesville, VA home if not properly taken care of.
A mold inspection at your home in Gainesville, VA will involve taking air samples and surface samples. Air samples can be done in various ways, the most common being a method using “spore trap samples.” This method involves setting up a spore trap sampling device where a volume of air pass impacts a sticky surface as it passes through the device.
Particles in the air impact the sticky surface and adhere to it, and then the trap is sent to a third–party mold testing lab for analysis. The laboratory opens the spore traps and applies stains to the sticky surface the mold spores absorb and then identifies the types of mold spores captured from your home in Gainesville, VA, during the mold sampling process.
A mold inspection may also include surface sampling, including—
Bulk samples—This is when a portion of the sampled area is physically removed by the inspector handling the mold inspection at your home in Gainesville, VA and sent to a third–party testing laboratory for analysis.
Swab samples—During the mold inspection, similar to a cotton swab, a swab is rubbed across an area to be sampled and sent to a third–party mold testing laboratory.
Tape samples—A clear piece of tape is pressed against and removed from the area being sampled, which picks up and removes some of the mold present on the surface, and again this is sent off to a mold testing lab for analysis.
Your mold inspection should include recommendations on how to rid any future mold growth in your Gainesville, VA home. If the moisture source causing the mold growth is not repaired, removing the mold is just a temporary fix. Both need to be done by a professional mold company such as Envirotex Environmental Services.