What You Need to Know About Mold

May 01 2019

Characteristics of Mold Testing

  • Air sample test for mold – This sample is collected via an air pump and a spore trap. All homes have some levels of mold in the air and these samples determine if the airborne levels in the home are normal or if elevated levels are present. These samples can be collected from any conditioned space in the home and are judged against an outside control sample.
  • Surface sample test for mold – Surface samples can be taken of any area where visual discoloration or growth is observed. This is done by using a swab or tape lift. This helps when determining the source of airborne contamination levels.
  • After samples are collected, they are sent to a 3rd party laboratory for analysis. Results are typically available within three business days, and the full report is provided along with our observations and recommendations.

Tips to Avoid Mold Problems in Your Home or Business

  • Repair plumbing leaks or water intrusions immediately upon discovery and dry all impacted building materials.
  • Maintain indoor humidity levels to less than 60%.
  • Keep gutters clean and free of debris.
  • Regularly inspect your attic and crawlspace to identify any water leaks or moisture intrusions.
  • Trust your nose – If you smell a mold or mildew odor, investigate further and find the source.
  • Ask questions and seek help from a trusted source for information. The problem will not go away if ignored. In most cases, delays lead to larger problems that are more costly to correct.

Call ABC Cleaning And Restoration today at 256-682-0345 to schedule an inspection or to speak to someone about your specific case. We offer inspections, testing, FREE estimates for remediation, and expert advice to people in Huntsville, Athens, Madison, Decatur, and the surrounding areas in North Alabama.