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How Long Before I Get My Mold Report?

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How Long Before I Get My Mold Report?

The answer to that question is – it depends.  

In the world of indoor air quality measurements, the turnaround time (TAT) for getting results can vary drastically.  While it is possible to give immediate feedback for some indoor air quality parameters, others can take a few days or even a few weeks depending on the type of sampling.  The timing is dependant on the type of sample that is taken and consequently the amount of time the laboratory needs to analyze the sample. In this blog post, I’ll cover the turnaround time for our most common mold work.

Mold Inspection TAT

For a typical mold inspection with a standard turnaround time here at Indoor Science, you will receive your written report in 5 business days from the day of the inspection.  

Here’s the breakdown:

  • It generally takes the lab 3 business days to analyze the samples.
  • Once we receive the laboratory results, we take 2 business days to write the report.  

Can you get it faster? Absolutely! For an added fee, we can speed up the report and samples as quickly as 24 hours. This is especially common during a real estate transaction. Just mention your interest in getting results faster and we can give you a quote.

Mold Clearance Testing TAT

Our company understands that after mold remediation is completed, you may need an inspection and lab results to be done quickly.  Indoor Science’s standard turnaround time is 3 business days if the project passes.  While that is the standard turnaround time, we have other options if you need the results quicker.  We can even get you results within an hour or less by offering on-site analysis.  

With on-site analysis, our microscopist can come out to the field and clear or fail a project on the spot!  We are one of the few companies that have a microscopist who is a Certified Spore Analyst through the Pan American Aerobiology Certification Board (PAACB) and trained at McCrone Research Institute.    

We offer a wide variety of testing besides the ones mentioned in this post – from asbestos to radon to laboratory-based tests for chemicals and allergens.  The turnaround time for these types of tests can range from a few hours to a few weeks!  More details about other turnaround times and different types of testing that we offer will be described in a future blog post.

We understand that timing can be critical when other factors are brought into the mix such as when you’re buying a home or when you have health concerns and need answers quickly.  Indoor Science can work with your schedule to determine what the best type of testing can be done in the time frame that you have.  If you want to know more about our services, call the office at 312.920.9393.

Ian Cull

Ian Cull is a nationally recognized expert in the field of indoor air quality. He is the Chief Science Officer of Indoor Science, a company he started in 2004. He speaks around the world on air quality topics and is a training provider of the Indoor Air Quality Association. Mr. Cull is a Licensed Professional Engineer (PE) and Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH). His degree is in Environmental Engineering from the University of Illinois - Urbana Champaign. Mr. Cull has developed 50 air quality related courses for the IAQA University and is the author of the book, “Fundamentals of Mold Remediation”. In his words… “Besides being passionate about indoor air quality, I enjoy cycling, music, the Chicago Bulls, and having fun with my three kids.”