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Episode 11: Your Guide to Standard Sampling - Mold Sampling Series Part 2

As your mold consultants, it is our job to find the most accurate and cost-effective solution for you. The more data points we have, the more defined recommendations we can give you. But where does that data come from? In addition to a physical inspection, it comes from sampling. Mold sampling can tell us precisely what is impacting a property and then lead us to the next steps of how to solve the issue. But how do you know which samples to use and when?

In the next installment of our Secret Life of Mold Live Sampling Series, host Craig Cooper is once again joined by Mold Inspection Sciences Texas COO Mike Marshall and Mold Inspection Sciences COO Brandon Apple for a breakdown of the most common types of sampling used today. This includes: 


  • What standard sampling is
  • A review of air sampling, surface sampling, cavity sampling, and dust sampling
  • What a sampling strategy should be
  • The importance of an outside control sample


And more!


At Mold Inspection Sciences, we put our best effort into our recommendations and inspection reports with the end goal of giving you answers from start to finish. Our samples are both why and how we get the big picture to help you successfully restore your property. If you have a potential issue with your property and are worried about sampling, don’t be. We’ve got your sampling answers covered. Download a copy of our guide and listen in. It’s time to breathe easy. 



Any sort of environmental issue can be scary, but with a comprehensive investigation and sampling, a qualified consultant will have a clear picture of what’s going on in your property. Download our free Introduction to Mold Sampling guide, a tool and resource for you to review, take notes, keep on hand, or share with friends and family.

Don’t forget to download a copy of our free guide and press play!


Big Three from Episode #11

  1. The most common standard sampling types include air sampling, surface sampling, cavity sampling, and dust sampling. 
  2. An outdoor control sample is a standard procedure and give us a baseline to compare our indoor samples to. 
  3. Mold is not always visible to the naked eye. In many cases suspect conditions will indicate sampling as recommended, even if there is no visible mold like growth.

Our Free Mold Sampling Guide

With a comprehensive investigation and samples, a qualified consultant will have a clear picture of what’s going on in your property. Click below to download your free Introduction to Mold Sampling guide, a tool and resource for you to review, take notes, keep on hand, or share with friends and family.

Time-stamped Show Notes:

2:37 – Brandon kicks off the show by breaking down what exactly “standard sampling” is.

3:20 – Air sampling is one of the most well-known types of sampling in the industry. Start listening now to hear why it’s a staple.

4:54 – Press play now to hear some of the common myths and misconceptions of air sampling.

7:59 – Craig shares a story from the field that demonstrates the importance of air sampling and discovering hidden mold problems.

11:20 – As an inspector, it’s vital to define a sampling strategy for a client based on the property needs. Listen as Mike shares more details.

13:24 – Next up, surface sampling. Listen in as the boy’s breakdown how and why a surface sample is used.

13:52 – Start listening now to hear more about the three common types of surface sample collection.

16;33 – Mike discusses why more than one type of mold sample is recommended, and the importance samples play in determining the big picture of what’s happening in a property. 

18:58 – The next type of sampling on the list is cavity sampling. Here’s what you need to know.

20:27 – Brandon details how this sample is taken from within hidden spaces.

22:07 – This client’s daughter was having a highly allergic reaction in certain parts of their home, and cavity sampling saved the day.

25:15 – Dust sampling is another critical type of sampling to use. It’s been very beneficial, here’s why.

27:44 – How is the lab data analyzed? Start listening now for more information.

29:41 – One of the top questions we’re asked is why we use an outside control sample as the baseline for an investigation? We’ve got your answer here!


Resources/Tools/Links Mentioned in This Episode:

  1. Episode 09: Asbestos Myths, Facts, and More
  2. Mold Inspection Sciences Texas Real Estate Inspection Services
  3. Mold Inspection Sciences Texas Mold Testing Services
  4. Mold Inspection Sciences Texas Environmental Risk Assessments
  5. Buying a New Home? Here’s How to Check for Mold Before It’s Too Late
  6. The Secret Life of Mold Episode 04: Understanding CIRS with Michael Schrantz 
  7. The Secret Life of Mold Episode 03: Sampling and Testing 101 with Eurofins EMLab P&K 
  8. Download a free copy of our Sample Mold Inspection Report


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