Mold Remediation Tulsa Provides the Best Testing Services in the Region
Your home is your castle. But you want your castle to be a Camelot, not a dank and dingy ruin plagued by mold.
After all, your family lives there, eats there, and sleeps there. And, for their health, they should not have to do any of those things in the presence of mold.
If your home needs mold testing, look no further than Mold Remediation Tulsa. Our experienced inspection teams can sample any suspected areas of mold in the home, and our state-of-the-art laboratory facility can quickly identify the type of mold in your sample.
So if you need mold testing, call us today!
The Truth About Mold Testing
At Mold Remediation Tulsa, we believe in being transparently honest with our clients. And part of that honesty is to tell you upfront that most homes do not require full-service mold testing.
You heard that right, most people do not need to spend the money on testing. This is true for several reasons.
First, regardless of the type of mold, you are going to want to have it removed. Regardless of its hazard level, mold is unsightly, can have an unpleasant odor, and can affect the structural integrity of your home. Any mold should be eliminated, and knowing the type of mold in the home does not change that assessment in the slightest.
Next, although some molds may be larger health risks than others, there are no species of mold that humans should cohabitate with. Some mold species are known as allergens and others can cause infectious disease. But they have not yet studied many species for their risk potential. Thus, learning the specific mold in the home may not add to a homeowner’s actionable knowledge.
Finally, there are no Environmental Protection Agency or other federal standards that promulgate safe levels of mold in the home. At this time, the predominant scientific thought is that any mold in a high enough concentration could be dangerous to people. This makes testing for mold levels unnecessary in most cases. It is better simply to remove the mold from the house.
From our perspective at Mold Remediation Tulsa, no mold belongs in a healthy home. But perhaps we can save you some time and money by avoiding unnecessary testing.
When Should You Test For Mold?
All that being said, there are times when testing for mold is important to do. These generally fall into one of two categories.
First, if you or your doctor suspects there is mold in the home because of the symptoms of one of your family members, then testing the home for mold could be the right thing to do. In this case, air samples would be taken inside the structure and compared to samples taken from the outside air. In a healthy house, the mold readings of both samples will be nearly the same. In a sick house, the samples inside will exceed the outside samples in their mold content.
Next, if the doctor is concerned about the specific type of mold because they want to use that information to pin down a diagnosis, evaluating mold samples from the home is a reasonable plan. An identified mold sample might help the clinician determine the correct medication for the specific disease. It could also possibly identify drug resistance and lead to a more effective treatment.
At Mold Remediation Tulsa, our lab can analyze both material and air samples for the presence of mold. Subsequently, we can accurately speciate the mold and report the exact type to your physician.
On the legal front, you may need testing for mold as part of a litigation effort against a landlord or builder. Cases for breach of contract, negligence, and breach of warranty often require mold testing as evidence at trial or for a settlement.
Mold Remediation Tulsa has significant experience in litigation related sampling, chain of custody, testing, and providing expert testimony. We will provide your attorney with accurate and timely information from our accredited laboratory. If needed, we can take the witness stand and explain our processes and findings to a judge or jury.
Sampling For Mold
If you decide that mold testing is needed for your home, the experienced and reliable staff at Mold Remediation Tulsa are experts at sampling for mold. They have multiple methods by which they ensure they can collect samples at all potential locations. Some examples are:
- Surface sampling. If you have visible mold on an exposed surface, our technicians can use simple, non-destructive methods to obtain a sample. For example, some samples can be taken by simply applying clear tape to the sample site. Alternatively, a cotton swab can be applied to a site to obtain a representative sample of the mold. Generally, a known surface area is swabbed to provide our lab with the ability to calculate a concentration.
- Bulk sampling. If mold is within a material such as drywall or carpet, then the techniques for surface sampling are not as effective. Instead, a small representative sample of the material must be sent to the lab for evaluation. This process is destructive in nature, but since the material with mold in it will have to be replaced anyway, this is not a significant problem.
- Air sampling. Depending on the site, we will take air samples for mold in one of two ways. First, we may place agar plates in various locations and left uncovered for a specific period of time. Alternatively, we may use a machine to draw a standard amount of air through a filter material. This filter will be evaluated back at the laboratory for analysis and culture.
Testing A Sample
Our laboratory boasts state-of-the-art analyzers which allow our trained and experienced technicians to perform technical analysis and identify any mold in your sample. Further, we can speciate the mold and provide you that data.
Most mold in homes comes from one of the following families:
Aspergillus is known for causing lung disease, and Stachybotrys is known as “black mold”. Although black mold is not as fearsome as it sounds, it can lead to allergy symptoms, skin rashes, asthma exacerbation, and shortness of breath.
Our testing process can give you the confidence that you do not have a serious health hazard in your home, despite the presence of visible mold.
Contact Mold Remediation Tulsa for all your mold testing needs. We are ready to help!