What is mold?

Molds are microscopic fungi, a group of organisms which also includes mushrooms and yeasts. Fungi are highly adapted to grow and reproduce rapidly, producing spores and mycelia in the process. People encounter mold every day. Foods spoil because of mold. Leaves decay and pieces of wood lying on the ground rot due to mold. That fuzzy black growth on wet window sills is mold. Paper or fabrics stored in a damp place get a musty smell that is due to the action of molds. Over 270 species of mold have been identified as living in homes. Molds that grow inside may be different from the ones found outdoors.

Why should I be concerned about mold?

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) six varieties of mold are common and three can produce toxins harmful to humans. Spores easily spread through the air, acting like seeds forming new colonies under the right conditions. They act as irritants and can produce such symptoms as sneezing, watery eyes, nasal stuffiness and other similar allergic reactions. Individuals sensitive to mold may also experience fever, shortness of breath and wheezing. Some people with chronic illnesses such as obstructive lung diseases may develop mold infections in their lungs.

How to identify mold in the home:

Discoloration is a sign of mold. However, all discoloration is not due to mold. Carpeting near baseboards, for example, can be stained by outdoor pollution entering the home. Stains or soot may also be caused by the smoke from burning candles or cigarettes. Mold may be any color: black, white, red, orange, yellow, blue or violet. Our mold test kit is an extremely cost-effective method to test suspicious spots or discolorations to determine whether or not they are mold.

How long does it take to get results back on the mold test?

Results will be mailed back to you within 5-7 business days.

How many locations can I test with the mold test kit?

You can test up to 9 locations with one mold test kit.

Steps to prevent mold:

  1. Keep the home dry.
  2. Find and fix water leaks.
  3. Discard clutter and excess stored materials.
  4. Clean and maintain the home regularly.
  5. Encourage lifestyle practices that reduce moisture.
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