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Viable Air Sampling

Viable Air Sampling in Ottawa & Montreal

Ottawa & Montreal

Air sampling is one of the best ways to assess indoor air quality and identify both bacterial and fungal contaminants. There are two main air sampling methods: viable and non-viable.

With viable air sampling, a sample of air is taken on a growth media and incubated in a petri dish over time until colonies form. This process reveals the exact genus and species of the microorganisms gathered by the sample.

At Mold Busters, we provide viable sampling for clients who want to check for toxic mold species such as Stachybotrys chartarum, a.k.a. black mold.

If you live in the Ottawa or Montreal area, call us now to schedule your viable air test!

Viable vs. Non-Viable Air Testing
Viable vs. Non-Viable Air Testing

The pros and cons of viable sampling

A viable air sample provides more detailed information about the microorganisms present in an air sample. However, because this method requires culturing, it takes longer to get results. It’s also more expensive.

In addition, some microorganisms captured in the sample may not germinate depending on the growth media used and competition from other molds. This means that results aren’t 100% indicative of your indoor air quality.

Viable air sampling for mold

There are literally thousands of different species of mold, and some are more dangerous than others. Viable air sampling helps to identify mold down to its exact species—information that’s important in determining if you are being exposed to various toxic molds.

Mold Busters works only with accredited microbiological laboratories in Canada and the United States so that you get accurate and reliable results in a timely manner.

Contact us today to book your air test in Montreal or Ottawa!