One of the ideal ways for mold testing is to make use of the services provided by various mold inspection companies. The inspection companies have mold inspectors who ask different questions about the mold. These questions asked may bring out the reasons for the susceptibility of mold growth. Once the details are collected, the inspector visits the particular area for a personal observation. He then takes some samples from that area. The samples will be sent to a laboratory for testing to find the type of the mold present.
Another way to test the presence of mold is by conducting laboratory tests without getting the service from mold inspection companies. In laboratories, two methods are used as part of the testing. They are culturable or viable and non-culturable sampling. In culturable sampling, the molds are collected from sites in Petri dishes and are allowed to grow for a particular period in an agar media. Once the expected time period is reached, the molds will be tested. In non-cuturable sampling, mold samples are taken from the susceptible areas or from air samples onto the slides for testing. Both the methods have their own advantages and limitations.
Another simple and less expensive way to do mold testing is by using mold testing kits purchased from various online vendors. The kits are obtained along with all the necessary instructions and steps that a tester should follow. It is bought at rates less than 100 dollars. If the test is done properly, and if mold problem is not found, then you have saved the amount that you might have spent for the laboratory testing. If there is mold problem, then you can go to the companies for mold removal.