There are a two common ways to test for mold typically used in Metro Vancouver.
The first method is to take a sample of the mold and put it under a microscope to identify it as mold. From this analysis we can identify the species of mold. The sample is collected by taking a swab of the mold, a tape lift of the mold or a bulk sample of material that has mold on it. Combined with a mold inspection this method can determine contamination levels and the mold species present.
The second method is sampling the air for mold. Since most species of mold give off spores that float in the air, testing the air is a great way to detect all the types of mold present in a building and the exact amount in the air. Since mold can be hidden in places not easily viewed or sampled, mold air testing is the best method for detecting hidden mold without ripping apart the building. One air sample is able to detect mold within a 1000 square foot area. The air sample process will also help us understand if there is a health risk to occupants since we will know the exact level of mold in the air. See Mold Testing for more more information.
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