Why Is It Useful to Identify Surface Mold Types?

Mold produces mold spores. When surface mold is disturbed, thousands millions of tiny spores become airborne, which may ultimately end up in the lungs of anyone nearby. It is beneficial to know whether or not the mold growing on a surface is toxic before attempting to clean it so that you can take adequate measures to protect yourself and others from potentially harmful effects. Both surface and air sampling techniques are widely recognized as the best processes for achieving accurate evaluations of both indoor air quality (IAQ) and the specificity of surface mold types. However, the use of one without the other may result in an inaccurate characterization of the area sampled. For example, Stachybotrys (a known toxic mold) has shown up in surface samples but not air samples in the same property. Often times there can be certain types of mold on a surface that are not airborne… YET. For that reason, it is prudent to sample both air and surface molds (in some cases). Mold Inspect Tech Incorporated recommends a consultation before all inspections so we can clearly explain the process and procedure of identifying the type of mold and level of mold spores in the air you breathe

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