Is air sampling for mold recommended?
We generally do not recommend air sampling for mold spores, because of the potential for getting “false negatives”. False negative results occur because of how mold spores are generated. The mold organism casts off the mold spores in blooms; it is difficult to predict when this is going to happen. Once the spores are in the air, they eventually settle onto the ground and other horizontal surfaces, such as furniture. Air is typically sampled for 5 minutes at the most, so there is a possibility of not collecting the mold spores while they are suspended in the air. A good rule of thumb is if you can see mold, then you have mold.

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1. Is mold harmful to my family?
2. How do I clean up mold?
3. Is air sampling for mold recommended?
4. I have mold in my apartment and my landlord won’t do anything about it. What are my options?
5. Can you check the air quality in our home? Our family is experiencing symptoms.
6. I want to measure the radon levels in my home. How do I do this?
7. How does Tri-County Health Department test for radon and is there a fee?
8. Can I purchase a radon test kit and do the test myself?
9. I tested my home for radon and the level came back high. What do I do?
10. What is Asbestos?
11. What are the health effects from exposure to asbestos?
12. I want to know if material in my home contains asbestos. How can I test for this?