In general the EPA does not recommend 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.
Sampling or mold testing should only be conducted to answer a pertinent question: examples “what is the spore concentration in the air” “or is there a particular species of fungi present in the building.”
The additional question should be asked before sampling or mold testing “what action can or should a person take upon obtaining data.”
1. Air Sampling
2. Swap & Tape Lift Sampling
3. Bulk Material Sampling
Mold Testing with United Fire & Water Damage includes a comprehensive inspection of the property and areas in question. Typically, these inspections are performed by the owner of our company, who brings 17 years of experience with him to the inspections he performs. We will use many tools that we have as a restoration company – including, infrared cameras, hammer probes, hydro sensors, and penetrating and non-penetrating moisture meters.
We also have the ability to create a scope of work and estimated costs for any required remediation and / or reconstruction. Estimates are created using Xactimate estimating software – this is the same software that the vast majority of insurance companies use to estimate property losses.
The sampling or mold testing analysis should follow the recommendations of Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA).