mold on tape liftDirt deposit and active mold growth are a “look alike” stains that cannot be distinguished without microscopic examination.  The image above is a fragment of painted wall damaged by the flood. Mold strives on any organic material leaving stains and producing billions of spores, which cause allergic reactions.

11-woop chip with moldLCS Laboratory offers analysis of surfaces for mold growth. This test is a standard tool in mold investigation performed by home inspectors, insurance investigators, and health and safety consultants.  The sample can be submitted as a piece of wood or paint shipped to us in a Ziploc bag or as a Tape-Lift sample. Once we receive the sample, we extract dust from the surface and analyse it using Phase Contrast and Staining Light Microscopy. The most common types of mold are identified and their concentration is measured. We report the following spores:

  • Alternaria
  • Ascospores
  • Aspergillus/Penicillium-like
  • Basidiospores
  • Chaetomium
  • Cladosporium
  • Curvularia
  • Drechslera/Bipolaris-like
  • Smuts/Myxomycetes/Periconia
  • Stachybotrys/Memnoniella
  • Ulocladium
  • Hyphal fragments
  • Miscellaneous/Unidentifiable

Your report will show the following parameters:

  • Dust load as per cent of sample area covered with dust.
  • Mold concentration in dust as per cent of mold in total dust
  • Mold distribution in the sample as per cent of each identified mold vs total spore count.

Please use our request for analysis form to place your order. Download and complete the form and ship it together with your samples.  Please check our price list for current prices or contact us to discuss the details of your project.