MOLD ANALYSIS

What's Right For You?

Surface Tape Testing

Surface tape analysis is reported in genus level.  Final results are recorded in genus, with additional information including spore level, active growth, dehydrated spores, and background debris level. This method is a perfect first step for homeowners because it is inexpensive, accurate and sampling is simple! Check out our guide below to start taking mold samples.

Air Testing

Air Sampling can determine the genus level of each fungi found.  Results are reported per fungi or group via number of spores per cubic meter, as well as a percentage of the 'total'. Additionally , air sampling can include background debris, and feature additional notes.   Air sampling is highly detailed, but each sampling situation is unique. Contact us for more information about your particular situation!

 

Surface Swab Testing

Surface swab analysis is reported at the genus level. Final results are recorded in genus, with additional information including spore level, active growth, dehydrated spores, and background debris level.

TAPE SAMPLING

Step 1 : Supplies Needed

Tape samples are taken by using transparent tape (do not use “invisible” or “satin” tape) and placing it over the surface on which the mold is growing. You will need about a two to three inch piece of tape

With the sticky side toward the area to be sampled, press down firmly on the area. Do not press down too lightly or you may just get spores and not the spore bearing structures necessary for identification. Do not press down too hard either, you may come away with the paper or paint surface.

After you have taken the sample, fold the sticky side of the tape together and place it in a Ziploc bag.

Remember to label your bag and be sure to include a chain of custody with the samples when sending them to the laboratory. You can download the chain of custody here!

BULK SAMPLING

Step 1: Taking Samples

Bulk samples are taken by extracting portions of the substrate to which the fungi are attached. For instance, if the mold is growing on drywall, either the paper layer of the drywall or an entire piece of drywall is removed and sent to the laboratory for analysis.

Bulk material can be placed into a normal Ziploc bag. Be sure to label each bulk sample so that both you and the laboratory can easily identify it.

Be sure to include a chain of custody with the samples when sending them to the laboratory. You can download the chain of custody here! 

If using a knife or razor blade to cut the substrate, be sure to decontaminate it before any further use to prevent cross contamination of samples.

You've Got Your Samples, Now What?

Sample Delivery

Samples may be mailed or hand-delivered.  A Chain of Custody (CoC) must be filled out and mailed, or signed in the lab upon your arrival (Download it here!) Please ensure the form is signed and dated. Each sample must be separately double-bagged in sealed Ziplocs  with the Chain of Custody included in your package outside of the sample bags to prevent contamination.

Mail/Drop Off Location

You may mail or deliver your package to :

37575 W Huron River,
Romulus, Michigan 48174

DROPBOX? Please inform the laboratory if you intend on using this delivery method.

 

Payment Information

Payment may be cash, check, or credit. Please make checks out to Environmental Testing & Consulting, Inc. Credit card payment may be taken over the phone. Please make a note on your CoC if you intend on using a credit card upon receiving your report.