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Mold Air Sample Testing in Malibu CA

3/8/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Testing

Mold testing is a topic of questions when people going through the remediation process. One form of mold testing involves taking samples of either the air. A mold inspector "tests" the air to find out what kind of mold exists and/or if the mold found is able to grow in the area tested. Air samples can be taken and analyzed in a few different ways. The most common method uses a spore trap which 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. Most of the particles in the air also impact this sticky surface and consequently adhere to, and are captured on, this sticky surface. Mold spores comprise a subset of these 'particles in the air' and also are captured on the sticky medium inside the spore trap. When the spore trap is sent to the mold testing laboratory for analysis, the mold laboratory opens the spore trap, applies some stains to the sticky surface that the mold spores can absorb, and then identifies and quantifies the types of mold spores captured during the sampling process. 

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