Do It Yourself  Mold Testing

As a homeowner or renter, have you ever wondered what that black spot is, that’s growing daily on your wall? It may possibly be mold, but you will never know until you get it tested. DIY simply means “Do It Yourself.” DIY Mold Testing is a growing amongst domesticated households where mold is suspected to be growing.
One of the biggest perks of Do It Yourself Mold Testing is that YOU, the homeowner, can actually do the test yourself. DIY Mold Testing is very rewarding for customers because it gives them that feeling of “I’m making a great choice in finding out what is in my home.” There are three different types of Do It Yourself Mold Testing techniques that homeowners can perform. These DIY Mold Testing techniques include: tape sampling, swab sampling, and bulk sampling. These three sampling techniques are also referred to as direct sampling.

Tape Sampling

Do It Yourself Mold TestingThe most common Do It Yourself Mold Testing technique is the tape sampling. Tape sampling is simply defined as the mold sampling technique of using a piece of clear tape to collect a sample of suspected microbial growth on a surface. There are four simple steps in performing a DIY tape sampling. First locate the area where you suspect microbial growth. Second, please insure that you wear protective gloves, a mask, and are completely covered when taking the tape lift. The third step in taking a DIY tape sample is to use a piece of clear, not frosted, tape to take the tape lift. Gently press the piece of tape on the suspected mold growth. Step number four is to place the tape in a resealable bag and label the bag according to the area where it was collected. Be sure to include the date when the sample was taken. Following these steps will insure that you successfully collect a DIY tape sample.

Swab Sampling

Swab sampling is another Do It Yourself Mold Testing technique that homeowners can use if microbial growth is observed. Swab sampling utilizes a swab or “q-tip” in taking the sample of suspected mold growth. The first step in DIY swab sampling is locating the mold growth on a surface. The second step is to make sure that you are wearing protective gloves, a mask, and are completely covered when taking the swab sample. Thirdly, take the swab and roll it in the affected area of mold growth. Placing the swab in a resealable bag is the fourth step in performing a DIY Mold Test. Finally, remember to label the bag according to the location where the sample was taken and with the date. The DIY swab sampling technique is quick and easy to execute.

 

Bulk Sampling

The third type of Do It Yourself Mold Testing technique is bulk sampling. Bulk sampling is the mold sampling technique of collecting a piece of physical material with suspected microbial growth. Locating the affected area is the first step in DIY bulk sampling. Once the affected is located, the second step is to circle the affected area with a dark marker. The third step to bulk sampling is the extraction of the affected area by removing it with a knife or box cutter. Placing the bulk sample in a resealable bag and completely sealing the bag is the fourth step in bulk sampling. The finally step in bulk sampling is to label the resealable bag according to the location where the sample was taken. Also include the date on which the sample was collected.
DIY Mold Testing is a quick way for homeowners, renters, and others to collect a sample to be analyzed by a professional mold lab. The three DIY Mold Testing techniques listed above are only the first step in knowing what type of mold is growing in your home.

 

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