Why We Test for Mold
Mold is one of the most challenging projects we encounter. This is due to the location of the mold being in dark, hard to reach areas such as basements, or behind drywall and flooring. That means that our remediation efforts are hard to judge just by sight and the only way to truly know how much of an impact was made is to test the air quality.
Mold releases spores into the air which the accumulate on organic, wet material to grow the mold that we see. While these spores are everywhere and basically harmless, mold infected areas such as basements become hot spots for spores as they stay in the stagnant air flow of the basement and multiply into dangerous levels. If unchecked, these hot spots can lead to extreme mold growth which damages surrounding organic material such as important beams and frames, along with potential health risks.
To make sure we remove all spores and the ensuing growth, we conduct a series of tests in and out of the area. Before we begin work, we test both the suspected work area along with an area we know is not impacted to develop a control. Within 24 hours, we have the results from the test and know what kind of mold is growing in the area and the associated health effects that come with that type of mold.
Once we have finished our mold remediation, which involves removing and replacing impacted materials, applying synthetic products to prevent future growth, and using filtered vacuums to remove airborne spores, we then test the area afterwards to ensure all mold material was removed.
We are the only mold remediation company in the Bismarck area that tests for mold to confirm removal.
By testing, we remove any doubt as to the effectiveness of our efforts, and make sure the customer is not wasting money. With most types of cleaning, you can see whether or not you were successful. But with mold, there is no way to be sure without testing, which is why we encourage it whenever we are called for mold remediation.