Molds can be toxic. In fact, they can harm you and your family members in more ways than you can imagine. Basically ignoring the growth of toxic molds inside the expanse of the house can easily lead to respiratory issues later in life. The only way to find out if the mold is toxic or not is to get it tested.
The process of mold testing in Atlanta and other places as well simply involves the air sample or a given surface from the place in question. The job of the inspector involves checking the type of mold growing in the space and if it is toxic or not. Moreover, molds are also checked for their capabilities of spreading over a period of time and turning toxic in the given environment. It is on the basis of this mold testing that the necessary measures are taken to keep the mold growth in check.
Air samples can be taken and analyzed in a variety of ways. The most common method uses a “spore trap” and is called a “spore trap sample.” Spore traps work by having a known volume of air pass impact a sticky surface as it passes through the spore trap-sampling device.Mold spores comprise a subset of these ‘particles in the air’ and also are captured on the sticky medium inside the spore trap. This is then taken to the lab and tested for the necessary actions that can prove to be harmful to people inhaling the air.
The surface samples can broadly be divided into 3 parts that are well known in the field of mold testing in Atlanta:
- Bulk samples. A piece of the sampled area is physically removed and sent to the mold-testing laboratory.
- Swab samples. Something akin to a cotton swab is rubbed across the area being sampled, often a measured area, and subsequently sent to the mold testing laboratory, and
- Tape samples. A piece of clear tape is pressed against and removed from the area being sampled, presumably picking up and removing part of any mold that was present on the surface, and then set to the mold testing laboratory for analysis.