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SanAir Technologies Laboratory, Inc.

AIHA accredited environmental microbiology laboratory, specializing in testing for asbestos, mold, lead & metals, and bacteria. Free overnight shipping.

When to Use Swab Analysis

when to use swab analysis

Swab sampling is one of the easiest ways to get a full report on the bacteria contained in any area. Whether you have a commercial property or a construction site, it’s vital to make sure that those that live or work in the area are safe. Swab sampling can identify problems such as mold, fungus, and bacteria.

Microorganisms exist everywhere – unfortunately, in many buildings, they can be the main cause of illness. In office buildings or residential buildings that are utilizing an HVAC or other central cooling/heating unit are particularly susceptible to mold and bacteria in the air. Legally, the property owner has a responsibility towards anyone who uses the property, and may be held liable if bacterial or fungal problems are left unaddressed. This is why it is vital to use swab analysis, along with other techniques once a year to identify any major bacterial or fungal outbreaks.

Types of Microorganisms Identified by Swab Analysis

Swab sampling is used on smooth surfaces like glass, metal, or painted areas. Other sampling methods are necessary for porous materials. Additionally, swab analysis is usually used in combination with air quality testing to determine the source of any contaminants in the environment. Microorganisms can be present anywhere but are most apparent near water or humid areas, and dark dusty rooms.

For example, you would use swab sampling to determine if a black spot in a basement is mold or something else that requires further testing. Most common bacterias found with swab analysis are:

  • Mold
  • Legionella
  • Asbestos
  • Fungus
  • Bacillus group
  • Aerococcus species
  • Brevibacterium species
  • Salmonella
  • Enterococcus bacterias

These are just a few common examples. There are hundreds of types of bacteria that we test for. We also look for various species of fungi that are commonly present in commercial spaces. Swab samples are analyzed by serial dilution culture methods. An analysis will give you a quantitative and qualitative report on any bacteria, mold, or fungi and identify any materials to the species and genus.

Materials Required for Swab Testing

Contact SanAir Technologies Laboratory to receive materials for swab sampling. Talk to an expert about the property you are testing and your needs and you will be sent the correct amount of swabs and other supplies.

How to Swab Surfaces for Bacteria

The procedure for collecting swab samples is simple. You will be provided with industry-standard swabs, as well as specific instructions that come with your materials. Follow those instructions to take the necessary amount of samples, sealing and labeling each one in the provided plastic packets.

Once sampling is done, pack up the materials and mail them to SanAir, where our experts will provide you with quick and accurate reports. These reports can be used for insurance purposes and other necessary files. The analysis will be able to measure the number of fungi, mold, or bacteria, and what species, which will make a difference if you must contact eradication services based on those results.

Fast and Reliable Swab Sampling Analysis

To receive all the materials you need to complete a swab sampling analysis, call SanAir Technologies Laboratory at 888-895-1177 and speak to an expert about your needs. We are accredited by AIHA Laboratory Accreditation Programs, LLC (AIHA-LAP, LLC) in Virginia as well as 16 other states – so we can send you everything you need to complete inspections no matter where you are.

SanAir Technologies Laboratory, Inc.