Non-Viable Air Sampling
In non-viable air sampling, a specimen of air is captured and observed directly under a microscope. Because no culturing is required, the results are available much faster than with viable sampling.
Non-viable tests are frequently used by mold inspectors to confirm or deny the presence of mold and to evaluate the extent of a mold contamination.
At Mold Busters, we use industry-recognized Air-O-Cell and Allergenco-D air monitoring cassettes and work directly with accredited laboratories to provide the fastest and most reliable results to our Ottawa and Montreal clients.
The pros and cons of non-viable sampling
Because no culturing is required in non-viable sampling, you get results much sooner. It’s also much cheaper than a viable test.
The results of the analysis are presented in an easy-to-read list, with the corresponding concentration of spores written next to them. This makes determining the extent of a fungal contamination much easier.
The main drawback of non-viable air tests is that they reveal only the genus of a microorganism, not the exact species. Therefore, they cannot distinguish between, for example, Stachybotrys chartarum and any another species of Stachybotrys.
When to choose non-viable sampling
Because it provides the total count of airborne mold spores, non-viable air sampling is ideal if you want to find out just how contaminated your indoor air is.
As such, non-viable air tests are perfect for assessing indoor air quality (IAQ) before and after a mold remediation to verify its effectiveness.
As mentioned earlier, non-viable testing is the standard method used by professional mold inspectors for air quality monitoring.
If you live in Montreal, Ottawa or surrounding area and need help figuring out which air test is right for you, give Mold Busters a call.