Frequently Asked Questions
Our Visible Mold test is designed to take samples of visible mold. Choose this test kit if you want to spot test for mold.
Our Airborne Mold test is designed to test for mold spores that are in the air. Choose this test if you have concerns about your air quality and airborne mold.
That is a difficult question to answer since there are no established ‘safe’ levels of mold, and more importantly, individuals have dramatically different resistances to mold. If you received test results back and have determined that there are potentially harmful health effects associated with the mold, you should consult with your healthcare provider regarding further exposure. The following questions may help you answer that question:
- How widespread is the contamination? Is it inside a cabinet? Or is it inside a wall cavity, or under the entire carpet pad?
If it is a small area you can close, seal it off until it can be cleaned properly by a professional. If the contamination is widespread or you do not know the extent of the contamination, you should probably contact a professional in your area for advice.
- Are any of the occupants particularly susceptible to mold or lung problems, like persons with existing respiratory disorders, the young, the elderly, or the immune suppressed?
If so, it is recommended to err on the side of caution and discontinue any possible mold exposure to these individuals.
- Is the mold airborne? Is the mold in an occupied area?
If you received a lab report back from tape lifts and the types of mold listed have potential health effects associated with it, we recommend contacting a professional in your local area to take air samples for you. A professional must take air samples because specialized equipment is used. Having air samples taken will let you know if the mold you sent in on the tape lifts has contaminated the air. We highly recommend having an exterior/outdoor sample taken at approximately the same time as the interior samples so you will know what is considered normal for your area this time of year.
- Have you been experiencing any health problems that you think may be due to mold exposure?
Usually when a customer asks this question, he/she is referring to Stachybotrys, because that is the particular type of mold that received so much media coverage in the late 90s and 2000s. Although Stachybotrys is black in color, so are many other types of mold. Do not assume that you have Stachybotrys just because the mold is black.
You do not want to discount the importance of the other types of mold that may be listed on your report! Just because you do not see the word(s) Stachybotrys or Black Mold on your report does not mean that there may not be a potentially harmful mold present. Please look up the type of mold detected on your report on our glossary of terms for a better understanding of the type of mold you are dealing with.
Most molds are considered allergenic and some may be toxigenic, so if you are going to disturb mold with cleaning methods, you increase your chances of exposure to the mold particles. A good rule of thumb is that if the contaminated area is small and the material is non-porus, it can be cleaned by traditional methods. Porus materials, on the other hand, are difficult to clean because of the tiny microscopic holes in the material. The root type structures of the mold can grow down into the holes and make it hard to clean completely. For more information, you can visit the EPA’s website or OSHA’s website.
If you received a lab report back that had high or abundant levels of potentially dangerous types of mold, we usually recommend that you hire a professional to inspect your home or business. If you need help finding a professional in your area to take air samples, we may have a referral for you! You can also find professionals on the Internet or in your local phone book.
Postage prices can vary depending on how many samples you are sending in! Please check with the Post Office or shipping company for the correct amount of postage –many times more than one stamp is required.
Please note that if your mold kit reaches us without the proper amount of postage, our lab is responsible for covering that cost and you will be charged additional fees. We strongly recommend taking your package to the Post Office for weighing so that you can be sure that you can apply the correct postage amount.