Air testing process

Air Samples will determine both the TYPE and QUANTITY of mold/fungi present within a building. Both are equally important in determining the current health of the building in question and determining the Total Spore Count Analysis.

The TYPE of mold/fungi found within an indoor environment (species and/or genus) is important because numerous types of fungi/mold can cause unfavorable health conditions when an individual is exposed to them for a certain amount of time (see Problematic fungi/mold, and Health concerns tabs). Comparing the types found inside to the types found outside is an important factor in our total assessment of your indoor environment. The outdoor sample (taken the same day) acts as the control sample in order to compare the outdoor and indoor environments.

The QUANTITY of fungi/mold spores found is very important in determining if there is a current contamination of an indoor environment. The level of spores found indoors for each specific fungi/mold is compared to the outdoor samples taken on the same day. Additionally, the QUANTITY of mold spores is also very helpful because in a contaminated situation it will provide valuable information on which areas of the building are potentially more contaminated. If for instance, high levels of stachybotrys were found in the master bedroom in conjunction with a long-term leak on the adjacent chimney, we will be able to tell you the location in your house of the highest concentration. Comparing these levels, along with our advanced moisture meter testing, will help us determine the source of the mold contamination. This information will help us in writing the remediation protocol to follow, if needed.

MiraMold only uses the most technologically advanced equipment found in the industry. All samples are collected using a specific volume of air, with the most accurate readings and calibration available.

Besides the Total Spore Count Analysis mentioned above, further testing can be requested to yield results down to the mold's DNA with a PCR test. Typically, we do not PCR test unless it is client-requested. Some allergy doctors and attorneys occasionally request this service.

After the inspection, we will provide you or your company with a full detailed report, including the water damage assessment (see Water Damage Assessment tab), descriptions and scientific explanations broken down into "laymen's" terms and a remediation protocol. Additionally, we will set up a mold prevention program for your individual situation.

Only MiraMold will be this thorough.

Along with air testing, a multi-point inspection checklist includes:

All air samples and direct-test samples will be sent directly to one of the nation's leading and largest microbiology testing laboratories, with accreditations and proficiencies given by: