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Sampling and Testing 101

Episode 03:
Sampling and Testing 101 with Eurofins EMLab P&K

Why do I need a mold inspection? Won't air or surface samples be enough? We get those questions a lot, and while that might sound reasonable, there is much more to a mold problem than meets the eye, literally.

Today, The Secret Life of Mold welcomes Dave Gallup from Eurofins EMLab P&K to dive into the world of sampling and lab testing. Dave shares valuable insights on testing and interpretation of data results while explaining how the mold inspection and laboratory expertise work together to help determine the proper next steps. If you're not sure why you really need both, a mold assessment and testing to tell you what's really going on in your property, then turn up the volume because this episode will share insights that will blow you away.

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Big Three from Episode 03:

  1. If you have concerns seek out qualified professionals and have a conversation.
  2. Inspection, sampling, and testing work hand-in-hand to help provide the best recommendations for the next steps in solving a mold problem.
  3. Air samples alone are not enough to determine a possible mold problem.




Time-stamped Show Notes:

3:00 – How Eurofins EMLab P&K got started

4:37 – Dave discusses what type of samples are necessary when it comes to mold inspection

6:30 – Craig and Dave talk about what type of key data comes from a wall cavity sample

8:56 – How exactly are samples tested?

15:19 – How does the lab determine if there is indeed a mold problem from samples captured on-site? What does the data mean?

23:12 – Why air samples alone are not enough to determine if there is a mold problem or not


Resources/Tools/Links Mentioned In This Episode:

Sample Inspection Report Guide:

A mold inspection report, if done right, should be a detailed guide telling you what's going on in your property with potential areas of concern, tips, and recommendations to help solve issues found on your property and suggestions to avoid continued or future problems. Download our sample mold inspection report which demonstrates what a thoroughly detailed report should look like.

Mold Lab Report: 
The only way to know for sure what’s happening in a property is to obtain testing samples. Below is the mold lab report which supplements our mold inspection report. This report documented the surface and air samples we collected, which helped us successfully identify the four areas of concern. Here’s a sample Eurofins EMLab P&K Mold Report for Mold Inspection Sciences.

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