Mold testing for your home, business, or office

Mold testing can tell you if you have a mold problem in your home, office, or business.  Mold tests can also help you find hidden mold, measure your indoor air quality, and identify what specific species of mold is in your home, commercial, or industrial property.

Professional mold testing is the best option.

A qualified mold professional can perform mold testing for you and provide the most accurate results. A professional mold tester has the experience and skills to collect and analyze mold samples from different sources. Mold testing involves taking air samples and comparing the spore numbers inside and outside the building to determine if there is a high level of mold. Mold and moisture testing can also help to assess the problem and decide if remediation work is needed.

There are several types of professional testing, such as:

– Indoor Air Quality Testing
– Air Mold Sampling
– Surface Mold Testing
– Bulk Mold Testing

Mold Air Testing
This type of testing measures the concentration of mold spores in the air of a building. The samples are taken from the air and examined under a microscope to identify the mold species and quantity. Mold air testing can reveal a mold problem even if you cannot see the mold growth with a visual inspection or your own eyes.

Mold Surface Testing
This type of testing collects samples from various surfaces in the home to check the amount and type of mold growth and spores. The samples are collected by swabbing, tape lifting, or other methods and then analyzed in a laboratory. The results of surface testing can vary because mold growth and spores are not evenly distributed on the surfaces and can change over time. Unlike air testing, surface testing cannot tell you the exact concentration of mold spores in the air.

Bulk Testing
This type of testing involves taking pieces of material from the home that have visible or suspected mold growth. The materials are then taken to a laboratory where the mold particles on them can be examined under a microscope. Bulk testing can confirm if you have a mold problem and give you an idea of the severity.

Culture Tests
Mold culture testing involves taking a sample of mold particles from the home and growing them into larger mold colonies in a lab. This way, culture tests can identify the species of molds in houses. However, culture tests can only grow mold particles that are still alive. Dead mold particles in the home can still cause allergies and health problems. Other tests can detect both living and non-living mold in a home, but they may not be able to identify the species of molds. Therefore, culture testing is an important part of the mold testing process.

It’s always a good idea to test for mold in your home or business. Here are some reasons why and when you should test for mold in your home or business:

– You notice visible signs of mold, a moldy smell, or mold-related symptoms
– You want to know what species of mold you are dealing with
– You find mold growth in your property
– You want to measure the indoor air quality by testing the air
– You want to verify if mold has been completely removed after remediation
– You are selling a home

Signs and Identification of Mold
A clear sign that you may have mold in your home is a moldy smell. If you detect a musty odor in your home or property, there is a high chance that you have hidden mold somewhere.

Another sign of mold presence in your home is allergic symptoms. If there is hidden mold in your home, there will be mold spores in the air, which can trigger allergic reactions. When you inhale mold spores, your body may react with symptoms like sneezing, a runny nose, or sore eyes. Mold allergies indicate that mold testing for black mold and other mold species is necessary to diagnose the problem.

Identifying Mold Species

One more reason for mold testing is to determine the exact kind of species of mold that is in your home. Identifying the specific mold species is crucial for toxic molds, as they require extra caution to be safely removed from the home.

A well-known and common toxic mold is the black mold Stachybotrys. If you see black or dark green patches of mold on moist materials like wood, paper, or fiberboard, you may have this toxic mold in your home.


How to Deal with Mold in Your Home, Business, or Office

Mold testing can help you identify and locate a mold problem in your home, especially if the mold is growing behind walls or other hidden places where moisture accumulates. Mold tests can measure the amount of mold spores in different areas of your home and indicate where the mold growth is most likely.

Why You Should Test for Indoor Air Quality

Mold testing can also reveal the level of mold spores in the air. You may experience mold allergy symptoms even if there is no visible mold in your home. Mold spores can enter your home from outdoor sources or from previous mold infestations and cause a build-up of mold spores that trigger allergic reactions. Testing for mold can tell you if the air quality in your home is affected by mold and if your allergies are related to mold exposure.

How to Test for Mold After Mold Removal

Mold testing is necessary after you have removed mold from your home to verify if the mold remediation was effective or if there are still indoor air quality issues in your home. Surface sampling can confirm whether an area has been thoroughly cleaned of mold. Air testing after some time can show whether the mold spores have been reduced to a safe level. You should do this after any mold removal project to ensure that the air quality in your home has been restored.

When to Do a Mold Inspection Before Testing

Before you decide to do a mold testing, you should first conduct a comprehensive mold inspection of your home by a certified mold testing professional. If the inspection finds evidence of mold, you may not need to do any further testing and you can hire a professional mold removal service. If the inspection cannot locate the mold source or if you suspect that there may be hidden or toxic mold issues, you should do a mold testing before proceeding with the mold remediation stage.


If you are facing a mold concern, call Midwest Enviro Solutions!  734.915.0066