Mold and Bacterium Testing for a residential or commercial space has never been easier or more accurate. Hard surfaces can be swabbed to detect mold or bacteria living on smooth materials, like glass, metal, or painted surfaces. The process is quick and straightforward, and property owners can receive the results within days. Mold, Legionella, and Asbestos are all common bacteria found in commercial spaces that can hurt its occupants or frequent visitors. Increasingly, tenants and workers have taken legal action against landlords and companies that ignore health hazards, resulting in hefty financial losses for the owners. According to the law, property owners must maintain their spaces, and that includes frequent testing for hazards.
What is Swab Surface Sampling? Sterile swab samples are used to collect bacteria off surfaces. It’s common to use this diagnostic sampling method on air conditioning units, kitchen equipment, pipes, and other areas where the surface is not porous. Swab sampling is usually used when dark spots or stains are spotted on surfaces, to make sure that the discoloration isn’t mold growth. This test can also differentiate between mold growth and mold spores, which need different methods of eradication. Lastly, the swab surface sample will be able to detect the type of mold in case there are multiple species in an area. We can help you figure out what kind of sampling method will be best for your location and materials. Sampling methods affect the accuracy of the test results. When it comes to your property, you want real results so you can take action. Call us to discuss your property, a specialist who will recommend the best sampling method for your case. How Swab Surface Sampling Detects Bacteria The swab surface sample contains live bacteria cultures that are then analyzed by a laboratory, usually under a microscope. Special microscopes allow specialists to view the slides and determine what live cultures are there. This method is inexpensive and quick. The only downside is that a swab surface sample test cannot reveal what microorganisms are in the air. They can only show growths on surfaces. However, since mold is an enormous problem that spreads quickly and grows virtually anywhere, it’s best not to take chances. Local Mold Testing If you see any strange, discolored spots, are experiencing unexplained illness, or it’s simply time to inspect your property, call UHS by to schedule and inspection. Our team has years of experience working with residential and commercial property owners to keep their property safe and healthy for anyone working or visiting the property.
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