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Mold Testing: Surface Samples

3/8/2017 (Permalink)

Surface Mold

Mold testing is a topic that many people have questions about while going through the remediation process. There are different types of testing and this blog is about surface testing. Surface samples can be taken in a variety of ways. The three most common methods are:
1. Bulk samples. A piece of the sampled area is physically removed and sent to the mold testing laboratory,
2. 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
3. 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.

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