Mold testing and mold assessment are two terms that are often used interchangeably. This video explains the differences between the two and tells where each term is applicable.
Mold testing is the process of determining whether mold or other dangerous compounds are present in a particular region.
Mold assessment, on the other hand, is a more thorough procedure that involves collecting data samples to determine the root and extent of mold growth. Because of the detailed procedure of mold assessment, it uses more devices than mold testing. However, some of the devices may be common in both.
For most situations, mold testing may be enough and a good way to save money. This procedure requires an air sample and a swab sample to be taken to the lab to determine the mold species. It is very affordable and suitable for proving the existence of mold.
Conversely, mold assessment may be recommended for those who want to know the cause of a mold problem and find a solution. Although this procedure may be pricey, it provides a detailed report on the root cause of the problem and suggests a remediation protocol.