In general we do not recommend air sampling unless an occupant of the space is symptomatic. When sampling is necessary it should be performed by a trained professional who has specific experience in designing mold-sampling protocols, sampling methods, and the interpretation of findings.
Three types of air sampling include but are not limited to:
• Air sampling: the most common form of sampling to asses the level of mold.
Sampling of the inside and outdoor air is conducted and the results to the level of mold
spores inside the premises and outside are compared. Often, air sampling will provide
positive identification of the existence of non-visible mold.
• Surface samples: sampling the amount of mold spores deposited on indoor surfaces
(swab, tape, and dust samples)
• Bulk samples: the removal of materials from the contaminated area to identify and
determine the concentration of mold in the sample.
If a remediation is performed by Clean Air of America, Inc., it is required that a 3rd party Industrial Hygienist conducts a visual inspection of the remediated areas as well as air clearance sampling following the remediation. This will ensure that Clean Air performed our remediation properly and will give you a “clean bill of health” on your home or business.
Please note that this clearance test will guarantee that the areas remediated have a lower or similar level of mold spores as outside sampling, post remediation. It does not guarantee that mold will not grow back in the future due to possibilities of later moisture intrusion or high humidity levels and the fact that mold is ubiquitous.