Air sampling: Taking air samples during a mold inspection is important for several reasons. Mold spores are not visible to the naked eye, and the types of mold present can often be determined through laboratory analysis of the air samples. Having samples analyzed can also help provide evidence of the scope and severity of a mold problem, as well as aid in assessing human exposure to mold spores. After remediation, new samples are typically taken to help ensure that all mold has been successfully removed. Air samples can be used to gather data about mold spores present in the interior of a house. These samples are taken by using a pump that forces air through a collection device which catches mold spores. The sample is then sent off to a laboratory to be analyzed.
Bio-Tape Sampling: Tape sampling is the most common technique used to test surfaces for mold during a mold inspection. It provides valuable information. The species of mold, the relative degree of contamination, and the potential for airborne spore production may all be determined by tape sampling. This method is non-invasive and will not damage materials or surfaces, when performed properly. Depending on the material, tape samples can be obtained from the surfaces of valuable furnishings and materials of historical provenance that have visible fungal growth, usually without risk of damage.
Swab Sampling: The tip of sterile surface swabs are used to rub the suspect area and submit it to a laboratory where the sample will be cultured and the type of mold identified by a laboratory for analysis. Swab samples are easy ways to sample suspect areas for mold contamination. Swabs are a last choice for when the sampling area is difficult to reach, a bulk sample is not practical, or the surface is very wet and a tape sample will not adhere to the area of concern.