Mold grows on organic substances when moisture and oxygen are present, sometimes within the first 24‐48 hours of contact with water. Common places for mold growth include wood, paper, carpet, foods, and insulation. When excessive moisture accumulates in a home or other building, mold growth can occur, causing significant health and air quality problems. Multiplying mold spores can spread throughout the entire home, causing allergic reactions, asthmatic episodes, infections and other respiratory problems. Repeated exposure to mold can permanently injure the nasal passages, eyes, nose, throat and nervous system. Infants, children and the elderly are the most susceptible and are therefore, at the greatest risk for developing serious health problems. Radiation Data’s air quality experts can test your home or building for mold and provide cost effective mold remediation and mold mitigation services with our top of the line mold remediation equipment.
Surface Testing for Mold
Surface testing takes samples from household surfaces to find the amount of mold growth and spores deposited around the home. Samples are collected by swabbing, tape lifting or other methods. The sample is then examined in a laboratory. Like with air testing the results can vary because mold growth and spores aren't spread evenly across surfaces in the home and can change over time. Unlike air testing though, surface tests can't identify the exact concentration of mold spores in the air.