Lab Surface Mould Test: when should this test be used?
The Lab Surface Mould Test can be used to test mould on walls, wallpaper, tiles, flooring, window frames, wood and other objects. The test ascertains both the type of mould and the scale; you can also find out whether the sample in question contains mould at all.
Even where you can definitely identify the presence of mould, identifying the specific type of mould can help you to effectively combat it. You can also ascertain the level of risk it poses for your health and discover what you need to do next.
What is the benefit of a Lab Mould Test?
Many tests involve investigating the ambient air to ascertain whether mould is present and to identify mould spores. But sometimes parts of the air are not analysed or only some spores are recorded due to unfavourable locations.
By contrast, tape-lift samples collect the mould in question, which can then be accurately investigated in the lab. The results provide conclusive information about the type of mould that has developed at the site in question, how it occurred and what can be done to combat the cause.
You also save time compared with other tests required lengthy preparation and can avoid external influences impacting on the test. You can, for example, use the material test to prevent an existing trouble spot, such as your food waste bin, from affecting the mould test in the lab. As a result, the mould that you collect with the tape can be precisely analysed.
The Lab Surface Mould Test is also suitable for almost all surfaces: you can send off mould samples from the bath, walls, wallpaper, windows, flooring or textiles to find out both the type of mould and its cause.
What information does the Lab Surface Mould Test provide?
Most people can only identify mould based on its colour. Black, white, red, yellow or green mould – they can all usually be identified by sight. The situation is, however, often rather more complex, as mould spores can grow over or exist alongside one another. Each different type of mould has its own specific requirements concerning the base material, air humidity and temperature needed for it to grow.
If you find mould in your home, you need to find out more. The Lab Surface Mould Test can help you here. Thanks to the latest laboratory technology, we can calculate which types of mould are present, so that the mould can be clearly classified to a specific species.
The results of this classification makes your life a lot easier when it comes to making a number of decisions. On the one hand, you can use the results of the mould test to identify the cause of the outbreak, so that you can decide whether you need a specialist company to remove the mould or whether you can do it yourself. On the other hand, you can use the test results to get advice from your doctor regarding concrete steps to protect your health.
How do you use the Lab Surface Mould Test?
The Lab Surface Mould Test is made up of three steps and involves a simple tape-lift sample.
- Step 1: Simply take a 5 cm strip of tape, e.g. sellotape or packing tape, and stick it to the area affected by mould.
- Step 2: Carefully remove the tape.
- Step 3: Send the strip of tape to the laboratory together with the completed materials.
The test kit includes illustrated instructions and useful tips so that you can check to make sure you are doing it correctly. As soon as your mould test arrives at the lab, our experts will investigate the mould and prepare an accurate report.
IVARIO: mould tests in accredited specialist laboratories
All of the analyses that you receive from IVARIO are exclusively conducted in accredited specialist laboratories. This helps us to guarantee the quality, accuracy and professional expertise that you need when you are analysing your home for mould. As part of the GBA Group, IVARIO has access to the latest lab technology, so that your mould tests can be investigated in precise detail.
Mould on walls and surfaces: where can mould occur?
Are you on the lookout for possible areas of mould in your home? In this short summary below, we discuss the key areas so that you can quickly identify critical spots in your home.
- Walls: Mould can easily form on walls, whether they are wallpapered or not. External walls and thermal bridges in particular can cause mould to form on walls. But it can also arise in cases where the insulation is insufficient or ineffective.
- Wallpaper: Thanks to the materials and organic substances, wallpaper that has absorbed moisture is often a perfect breeding ground for mould.
- Tiles: Whether in the bathroom, the kitchen or the cellar: tiles are a fantastic base material for mould, especially when they are damaged. As condensation often forms on tiles in the kitchen and bathroom, mould has plenty of moisture to develop.
- Window frames: Wooden window frames are especially susceptible to mould. Condensation often forms on windows when there is a lot of moisture in the air, and this often leads to mould forming here in the kitchen and bathroom in particular.
- Grout and sealant: From grout and sealant in the bathroom to silicone sealant on kitchen worktops, mould can form relatively easily here as the material represents an ideal breeding ground.
- Flowerpots: Overwatering plants can lead to a glut of moisture, which in turn can easily lead to mould. As a result, it is important to find out how often different plants should be watered to avoid mould from developing.
- Organic waste: It is hardly surprising that organic waste is often a real trouble spot when it comes to mould. On the one hand, organic waste, and in particular food waste, is often made up of material with a high moisture content; on the other hand, the organic material is an ideal, nutrient-rich base material for mould.
Leaks in the roof and damaged water and heating pipes are also often sources of mould.