Black Mold Comes in a Variety of Colors
Black mold also goes by the name Stachybotrys, but it is not always black. It can be blue, green or even orange. If you are concerned about mold that is black or any other color, your first step should be to retain the services of a certified mold specialist in Olympia, WA, to perform a whole house mold inspection.
The typical testing for mold is a several step process
1. Test the Air
If you took biology in high school, you might remember Petri dishes with a thin layer of nutrient in the bottom. One common way of testing the air is to set open detection dishes throughout the house and letting mold spores in the air collect on them. After a predetermined time, the dishes are covered, labeled, collected and sent to a lab for analysis.
2. Test the Surfaces
This test involves taking samples from hard surfaces throughout the house. A common way to collect these samples is to lift them off the surface with tape. The tape strips are then packaged, labeled, collected and sent to a lab for analysis.
3. Test Materials
This portion of the mold inspection process involves taking bits of fabric and other materials from inconspicuous areas of chairs, carpets, curtains, drapes and other soft items from all over the house. The bits are packaged, labeled, collected and sent to a lab.
4. Analyze Results
With the air, surface and material test results in hand, the specialist has enough information to create a room-by-room mold assessment. If there are areas of unusually high spore levels, the specialist can then return to the house and attempt to identify their source for future cleanup.
It’s Time to Decide What to Do Next
If your mold inspection report shows that you have a mold problem, especially a black mold problem, your next step should be to find a mold cleanup specialists to carry out the recommendations in your in the inspection report. For more information, visit http://www.SERVPROlacey.com/.