Elements of a Mold Test Report
There are a few basic elements of any mold test report, and our mold test professional should be able to provide the occupants with this data during the mold inspection process.
Clearly defined sampling objectives are instrumental in the creation of a sampling strategy or scope of the sample. This strategy will frame the sort of data that must be collected during the inspection. It will determine if viable or non-viable samples will be taken, as well as the lowest number of samples that will be gathered. Additionally, the strategy will identify when the samples will be collected and how the resulting data should be interpreted. The mold test report that is the result of the sampling and data collection should contain the following elements:
• An identification of what mold test was carried out.
• The location(s) of the mold test, such as specific rooms, indoors, outdoors, or both interior and exterior locations.
• The objective for the mold test, i.e., the reason(s) why the test needed to be conducted.
• Conditions discovered at the site, such as noted water damage, outside reference samples collected for comparison purposes, and records of visually confirmed mold growth.
• Clearly articulated presentation of the results of the inspection and a professional interpretation of the mold test results.
Mold Sampling Types
The most common sources of indoor airborne mold spores are doors and windows that carry in spores from outdoors, spores brought in by people, pets, and objects, and indoor mold that grows and creates spores due to excessive moisture levels indoors. Air samples are a very common method of collecting data on mold spores and mold growth within a building, regardless of its source. These samples are collected by impacting air on either a mold growth medium, known as a culture air sample, or on a non-growth medium, which is called a non-culture air sample. Culture air samples will allow the occupants and the testing professional to know what specific mold species are airborne within the building, while the non-culture air samples will determine the relative mold contamination level of a room or a building’s air in a specific region.
Surface samples include collection methods such as tape-lift and swab sampling. Mold type and colonization amounts can be determined by collecting samples from items within the building.