Mold is a term used to refer to fungi that grow in the form of multicellular thread-like structures called hyphae. Fungi that exist as single cells are called yeasts. Some molds and yeasts cause disease or food spoilage, others play an important role in biodegradation or in the production of various foods, beverages, antibiotics and enzymes.
Mold is also found in damp building materials where it often appears like stains and comes in a variety of colours. A must smell is an indication of microbial growth even when there is no visible growth. If mold is allowed to grow in homes or offices it can contribute to poor indoor air quality.
Mold test results are only as good as the sampling procedure. Some of the mistakes mold inspectors make include submitting inadequate samples, submitting inappropriate samples, or collecting samples wrongly. Results from such samples are difficult for the lab to interpret. We take swab samples and bulk samples and send them to a certified lab for analysis. Usually within 48 hours we have results back and these are sent to the client. If we see mold we tell you and advise you that it can be tested and or mitigated.