Direct/Bulk sampling

Direct/Bulk sampling is typically done only when visible growth is detected. Miramold conducts swab tests, tape-lifts and even acquisition bulk samples of visible mold.

These samples will then be placed in an uncontaminated, slightly cooled environment, before being shipped to be analyzed either with a fungi screen or culture analysis. The receiving laboratory is EMSL Analytical, Inc., a State-Certified microbiology laboratory, which will then perform the testing procedures on the samples collected.

Surface sampling, like swab tests and tape-lifts, are used to identify a mold type at a specific location. This sampling technique is useful in ruling out possible discolorations or staining that sometimes exhibit mold like visual characteristics. The samples are analyzed to determine the presence (quantity and type) of mold and or fungi, resulting from water intrusion.

Its important to keep in mind that fungi/mold can form within a 5-6 days, if given ideal conditions (of temperature, moisture and cellulose materials). The major function of fungi/mold is to degrade organic material, such as wood or drywall (cellulose), so itís important to rid indoor building materials of them before costly damage takes place. Also, during the process of degrading building materials, the fungi/mold release spores and/or mVOCs into the air we breathe (which are toxic).

When fungal colonies are found in elevated quantities on surfaces, we will typically recommend mold remediation (by a certified mold remediation specialist). Mold and water damage remediation often involves a complex process, which is not recommended for the untrained.