Mold Inspection Pro offers two different types of do it yourself (DIY) mold testing kits for surface sampling of the subject property. One test is called the “tape sampling method” and the other is the “culture swab method.” They both cost the same amount of money and the results you will receive will be very similar.
Surface sampling using either the tape or swab method can provide you with enough information to confirm that the sampled mold growth may be producing mold spores in the air. These type of DIY tests are not destructive to building materials and or surfaces when performed properly. Both tests are very easy to perform and are effective ways to determine if your property has a mold problem and also the relative degree of contamination.
With our home mold test kits, you can take as few as one sample of your property or as many as you deem necessary. Our recommendation is that you take at least two samples or the best option would be that you take a sample in each room or area where there is visible, apparent mold.
All samples are tested by a certified indoor air quality (IAQ) testing laboratory.
Here is a quick explanation of the two tests. You can order a test online below or call us at 1-855-786-MOLD (6653)
DIY Tape Test
A tape test is the most common surface-sampling technique and provides a quick way to sample for mold. A tape-lift system can be used instead of a swab sample to test for the species of mold, the relative degree of contamination, and the potential for airborne spore production.
This test is often best performed when no mold is visible or if you are not directly testing an active colony of mold such as dust on a window sill or elsewhere such as corners in the home. Dust samples may tell you the history of what mold may be airborne.
You can easily collect a lot of samples over a short period of time which can provide you with proof of mold growth.
DIY Swab Test
A culture swab test are easy to use for surface sampling of visible mold growth. The swab test may be best when the area is hard to reach, or the surface is very wet and a tape sample will not adhere to the area of concern.
This test is easy to perform and will also show the species of mold, the relative degree of contamination, and the potential for airborne spore production.