Mold Test Kit FAQ and Resources
What are Molds?
Molds are fungi that can be found both indoors and outdoors, and are part of the natural environment. Outdoors, molds work in nature to break down dead organic matter, but indoors, molds destroy the materials they grow on and can cause a number of health issues.
Molds grow best in warm, damp, and humid conditions, and reproduce by means of tiny spores. These spores are invisible to the naked eye and float through the air. Some common indoor molds include Cladosporium, Penicillium, Alternaria, and Aspergillus.
Where are Molds Found?
Mold can enter your home through open doorways, windows, vents, and heating and air conditioning systems. As mold growth is encouraged by warm and humid conditions, it can be found where humidity levels are high, such as in basements or showers.
Although bathrooms (particularly shower stalls) and basements are typical moist areas prone to mold growth, any moist areas in the home can be moldy. Drywall, ceiling tiles, carpets, furniture, ductwork, roofing, paneling, wallpaper, under sinks, and the areas around plumbing pipes are examples of areas in the home that can harbor mold.
How do Mold Affect People?
If mold spores land on a wet or damp spot and begin growing, they can produce allergens, irritants, and in some cases, potentially toxic substances (mycotoxins). Inhaling or touching mold or mold spores may cause allergic reactions, leading to symptoms such as a blocked nose, wheezing, and red or itchy eyes or skin.
Some people, such as those with allergies to molds, asthma sufferers, or people with a weakened immune system, may have more intense reactions.
For more information about mold, including some helpful tips and techniques for the prevention and removal of mold, check out the testing guide below.
3 Common Test Kit Errors to Avoid
READ ALL INSTRUCTIONS - Please read the instructions carefully before beginning the test. This will eliminate nearly 95% of the errors that may occur.
DO NOT CRUSH THE SPORES - When collecting spores using the lift tape, do not press too hard, as this will crush the spores. Crushed spores cannot be identified.
KEEP THE SERIAL NUMBER - Keep the top section of the instructions, with the Test Kit serial number, for your records. You will need this number if you need to contact the lab.
Helpful Resources and Downloads
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If you want to learn more about mold or how to take care of it, the U.S. EPA website is a great resource to look up.
Frequently Asked Questions
- Ascospores, Non-specified
- Aspergillus/Penicillium like
- Basidiospores, non-specified
- Cercospora like
- Hyphal fragment
- Non-fungal particulate
- Non-specified spore
- Oidium like
- Pestalotiopsis / Pestalotia
- Trichoderma like
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