Mold Testing Near Portland, OR

Mold is a type of fungus that thrives in warm and moist environments. While mold is essential to the ecosystem, it’s not something you want growing inside your home or business.

Mold produces spores that travel through the air, allowing them to enter your home through open windows, doors, vents or even your air conditioning unit. These spores can also attach to your clothes or pets and be carried indoors.

While mold particles in the air are typically harmless, they become a problem when they land on wet surfaces inside your home and begin to grow. These growths may not be visible to the naked eye and can spread rapidly, putting your home at risk of costly damage to its structural integrity and furnishings if left untreated.

After you’ve completed a mold inspection to determine the possibility of its presence, testing may be the next step in remedying the problem. Proper testing can help to identify the type(s) of mold that are growing, provide information on where it is located and determine any associated risks to your home or your health. Testing can also help to uncover the source of moisture that is allowing it to grow, which can help to prevent it from coming back after it’s removed.

Testing for Mold in Your Home or Business

If you suspect any fungus is growing in your home, it’s best to call in the experts. Trade organizations and Consumer Reports both advise against testing for mold yourself using at-home kits, as the results are often inaccurate and deceiving. False positives and false negatives are common when using these tests due to factors like uncontrollable shipping and handling, a lack of expiration dates and neglecting to collect a control sample for comparison.

Alpha Environmental’s testing procedures are thorough and accurate, giving you the peace of mind you need to know whether your home is mold-free. We use a variety of mold testing techniques to provide the most accurate results based on your situation.

Air Sampling

Mold spore sampling is a process our experts use to collect indoor air samples, which are then tested for elevated levels of mold or other contaminants. This is the most common strategy for testing in indoor air environments.

The air sampling process may vary depending on the amount of visible dust present and the level of activity in your home environment. Our experts will also collect air samples from outside of your home or business to compare mold levels between the two environments.

Tape Lift Sampling

Just like the name implies, tape lift sampling involves laying a piece of adhesive on the affected surface to collect microscopic mold particles for testing. This technique is a non-destructive way to test surfaces for the presence and type of mold spores.

Bulk Sampling

Often used during demolitions and renovations, bulk sampling tests for mold in the most obvious way: by examining a piece of the surface on which it is growing. These samples are often taken from scrap building materials and can provide the most direct route for identification.

Swab Sampling

Swab sampling utilizes a sterile cotton swab to collect spores from an area where mold contamination is suspected. These spores are then cultured to identify the type present in an easy and non-destructive technique. 

Carpet Cassette Sampling

Using a vacuum to collect fibers and particles to be tested, carpet cassette sampling is used to test for mold on soft surfaces like carpets, curtains, furniture and even insulation. This method can also help to identify what caused the contamination in the first place.

What If Mold is Discovered During Testing?

No matter the type of mold that is found, it’s important to have it removed immediately to prevent further damage to your home or business. Mold removal should only be done by professionals who have the tools and experience needed to rid it in its entirety. 

Alpha Environmental will remove mold using the best option for the type that was found and the surfaces on which it has spread. Once it is removed, we recommend testing again to confirm that all problem areas were found and addressed.

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Professional testing is the best way to protect your home or business and its occupants. Contact us today to schedule your mold test.

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David D.
Lake Oswego, OR
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Beaverton, OR
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Can’t say enough about Alpha Environmental! Their costumer service is 10/10, they have really good systems in place, responsive, and professional. The gals in the scheduling department are always so kind! As a real estate agent, I use Alpha’s services numerous times a year. Either it’s for Mold bids, oil tank decommissioning, radon etc. They always do a fantastic job! Thank you for all the work you do!
Kristen L.
Portland, OR
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Wow where do I even begin?? We’re absolutely thrilled by the work Alpha has done for us and we’re eternally grateful to them for ridding our house of asbestos tile! They’re polite, kind, professional — from estimator Filo to manager Dame to Jake, Melvin and the other two guys on the crew (so sorry we didn’t get your names) — you guys are awesome and we so appreciate your help. Our house looks amazing. The peace of mind you’ve given us is priceless. We can’t thank you enough. We’ll certainly be in back in touch if we ever need any of your services again. Thank you thank you!!!
Jeff S.
Salem, OR
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Alpha environmental's employees were punctual, pleasant to work with and there services are reasonably priced. I highly recommend them because I would use them again in the future.
Lea C.
Tualatin, OR
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Took a water sample in for lead testing and they were so fast and helpful. Rodolfo was so nice and informative in explaining the testing and what it meant! Would definitely recommend everyone to go there and will go to them for any future needs!
Claire B.
Portland, OR
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Alpha environmental was extremely helpful in navigating me through the process of testing some leftover construction debris for asbestos so I could take it to the dump. Their office manager spent time with me on the phone discussing the options for sample collection, and was extremely friendly in answering my many questions. Sample drop off at the office was easy and the results even came back a few days earlier than expected. Will definitely return if I need more sampling done!
Jeff C.
Tigard, OR
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I would highly recommend anyone wanting, quick efficient services relating to environmental testing to check out Alpha Environmental. Not only was the staff friendly and responsive, but also professional! If I could 6 stars out of 5, I would!
Jotham P.
Portland, OR
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We used Alpha Environmental Services to conduct our home inspection, radon testing, sewer scope and oil tank decommissioning. Every part of their service was really professional. They took so many great photos of the house during the inspection and offered lots of explanation on what they found. Great team. Highly recommend!
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