While there are many airborne contaminants, one of the ones you should be most concerned about is mold spores. Depending on the species of mold involved, breathing in spores can cause a range of negative health impacts, ranging from relatively mild things like runny noses to severe problems such as cognitive impairment.
If you suspect you have a mold problem in your building, we encourage you to turn to our team at Coastal Air Assessments to get the accurate indoor mold assessments you need. In this article, we’ll go over some key information you should know about our assessment process before you get started.
- Sampling Methods – As part of our indoor mold assessments, we will collect samples of both surface and airborne mold. One of the sampling methods we use is known as a bulk dust sample. It involves vacuuming up dust and then running it through a fine mesh sieve to remove any larger particles, leaving behind mold spores.
- Identification Methods – The second step in our indoor mold assessment process is to test the collected spores to determine what species of mold we are dealing with. We use a variety of techniques to do this. For example, we dye the spores and examine them visually under a microscope, and we can also create cultures of spores in petri dishes to get a more accurate assessment. Once we know what type of mold is present, we can create a strategic plan to deal with your mold problem once and for all.