Know Your Mold
Concern about indoor exposure to mold has been increasing as the public becomes aware that exposure to mold can cause a variety of health effects and symptoms. It’s important to know that this threat can be detected and removed from your home.
Molds are part of the natural environment but can still be a health hazard. Outdoor molds play a part in nature by breaking down dead organic matter, but indoor mold growth should be avoided. Mold may begin growing indoors when mold spores land on surfaces that contain moisture. Molds have the potential to cause serious health problems, especially to those with allergies or lung conditions. Molds produce allergens, irritants, and in some cases, potentially toxic substances. Health effects from exposures to molds indoor environments can result from allergy, infection, mucous membrane and sensory irritation and toxicity alone, or in combination. Research on mold and health effects is ongoing.
- Moisture control is the key to Mold Control
- If mold is detected in your home, Test it, Fix moisture problem, and Remove it properly and promptly
- Before you begin to remove mold it is highly recommended that you test the mold to determine its type. If you already have a mold problem, act quickly. Mold damages what it grows on. The longer it grows, the more damage it can cause.
Please Note: Dead mold may still cause allergic reactions, so it is not enough to simply kill the mold, it must also be removed.
Is Sampling For Mold Needed?
Yes! It is very important to sample mold before you begin the removal process in order to prevent the spread of potentially toxic mold spores. Surface sampling may be useful to determine if an area has been adequately cleaned or remediated. Sampling mold is an easy and inexpensive process, and it will provide you with the information you need to make an informed decision. Why spend hundreds on a contractor when you can perform the test yourself?
Test Kit Information
In addition to our radon analytical and manufacturing capabilities we have expanded our laboratory to include more indoor air quality products. We now offer a mold test kit. Drhomeair has two separate mold products, described below:
This mold kit is designed to spot-test visible samples of mold. This kit is best used for preliminary mold testing and will allow you to know the types of mold present in your sample. The kit includes the ability to run 8 tests, using 6 tape strips and 2 bulk sample bags. The kit includes an information card, tape strips, bulk sample bags, return mailer, and detailed instructions, along with a detailed final report outlining all mold spores present in sample and a debris count. Due to increased analytical costs we found the most cost effective way for the consumer to purchase a test kit was to have the individual pay for the analysis. Therefore, there is an additional analysis fee per mold test. For test kits purchased from Drhomeair, the price for analysis is $10.00 per sample. Note, not all of the tests have to be used, and you can use one kit for testing multiple houses/areas. You pay the initial price per kit of $9.95 at the time of purchase. The additional lab analysis fee is sent with the mold samples. You only have to pay for the analysis for the samples you use, saving you both time and money!
This mold test kit is designed to sample your air for mold spore that have become airborne. Airborne mold spores are the cause of most health hazards related to mold. While professional contractors may charge thousands of dollars to perform a test, with our Airborne Mold Test Kit you can perform the testing yourself at a much lower cost. Unlike other mold tests, our test is designed to take control samples of outdoor air, allowing you to compare your indoor mold levels to the outdoor environment. Using our Airborne Mold Test Kit is simple and easy and will provide you with the peace of mind that comes from knowing your family is safe.