See the full video at https://youtu.be/FNPhuYgzYSQ  There are many test methods that can detect shapes. Some methods may identify some of the types of viable forms, but these may also miss or fall short of those that are not viable or will not grow well on the nutrients used to incubate the sample. Even tests that are done well provide only a partial estimate of the amount and types of molds actually collected in a sample or in the sampled environment.
It is necessary to recognize that a test result only gives a "snap-shot" estimate. for a single time and a single place. Whether the test result represents other places and times is uncertain. The amounts and types of mold in the environment are constantly changing. Airborne molds change significantly over minutes or hours.
When interpreting mold testing, caution must be exercised. Unless many samples are taken over a period of time and the investigator has been aware of construction operations and activities during testing, the results may not be accurate. Despite these limitations, there are situations where mold testing by skilled investigators can be valuable, for example when it is necessary to justify remediation costs for an insurance company or government entity.
Experienced investigators should evaluate whether testing is justified. The ethical mold investigator should advise against testing when the problem can be remedied without it.
Every property owner, developer, contractor or investigator must realize that it is expensive to do shape testing well.
Testing that is not needed or is done poorly is a waste of money. The basic goal of any mold examination is always to find the sites of mold growth and to determine the sources of moisture. If these can be answered with simpler or more cost-effective methods, mold testing is probably not a wise use of resources.
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