Air Quality Sampling
Sometimes a control sample cannot be taken, as in the case of a rainy day or when there is snow covering the ground or the air has been cleaned from the rain. That’s when we use the building to compare. We take multiple samples in different locations (i.e. one in a bedroom and one in the living room). At this point we use a standard total spore count and look for spikes in the results.The spikes tell us where there are air quality problems in the building.
We also need to document mold found on surfaces. Usually this is for cases involving faulty construction/remodeling, tenant/landlord problems, condo issues, etc. We can take a bulk sample of the product the mold is growing on such as drywall or wood. If the product can’t be bulk sampled, then we can either do a tape lift and attach it to a glass slide or take a swab sample. All samples are labeled as to where they were taken from and sent to the lab for analysis. This is especially important in cases involving litigation.