In many cases it is important to sample and analyze suspect mold growth to discover what kind of mold is contaminating your building materials. Some mold types are common to our environment and will grow on surfaces due to high relative humidity alone. Other types of mold grow due to high moisture saturation or repeated exposure to moisture. Of course basements will provide ample surfaces and materials for mold to grow given the environment is conducive to promoting its ability to "bloom".
We know that most mold types can be an allergen or irritant to many people, especially those who have a pre-existing sensitivity or immune system sensitivity. These mold types are abundant in nature and are dominate in ambient air such as Cladosporium.
Then again, mold types such as Stachybotrys are classified as Mycotoxic meaning they can cause health problems or side effects due to prolonged exposure or exposure in high concentration.
A surface sample taken by a swab, tape slide, or by bulk sampling can be microscopically analyzed (called microanalysis) to determine the mold type.
A routine Mold / Moisture Inspection may necessitate having such a test performed to determine mold types.Air Quality Test Services - The Comparative Spore Count
Likewise, air tests are performed by collecting a known volume of airborne particulate through a special cartridge which contains a pre-treated slide. The air is pumped at a known rate which passes over this slide depositing mold spores resident in the rooms being tested. Samples are taken inside the subject areas and outside as well in order to gain a reference to compare types of molds (Qualitative) and concentration (Quantitative) mold levels. The indoor and outdoor results are compared to indicate if there is an abnormal difference between indoor vs. outdoor.
There are no standards for these results, but a relative differential used as a means to evaluate contaminated air quality or typical air quality.
These services are available as part of a Mold / Moisture inspection and help us determine if you have a serious problem or perhaps none at all.Contact or call RTS Environmental to schedule an inspection: