THE PRO-LAB® MOLD TEST KIT offers four (4) easy sampling methods. The first two (2) air sampling methods can indicate the presence of a hidden or an elevated mold problem in as little as 48 hours. If mold growth occurs after the air sample is taken, an Optional Lab Analysis ($40) is available which identifies the type (genus name) of mold present. If you see mold growing in your home or office, the third or fourth method allows you to take a sample and send it to our laboratory for analysis to determine the type (genus name) of mold present.
A minimum of two (2) test kits are required for air sampling in order to compare indoor to outdoor air quality. The first sample should be taken indoors in the area of concern. The second sample should be taken outdoors. If the results of the test indicate that the amount of mold growth indoors is significantly greater than the mold growth outdoors or if the type(s) of mold found indoors are significantly different than the mold outdoors, you may have a mold problem. One mold test kit is needed for each indoor area of concern.
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What is Mold and Where Is It Found ?
Mold are microscopic organisms that produce spores and are found virtually everywhere, indoors and outdoors. Mold can be found on plants, foods, dry leaves, and other organic material. Also susceptible to mold growth are cellulose materials, such as, cardboard, paper, ceiling tiles, and sheet rock. Mold spores are easily detached and made airborne by vacuuming, walking on a carpet or sitting on a couch. In indoor environments, mold can grow in air conditioning ducts, carpets, pots of houseplants, etc.
Mold Can Be Found In Many Areas Of Your Home
- Living Rooms
- (HVAC) Ventilation System
- Any Moist Areas
Why Choose PRO-LAB’s Mold Test Kit ?
PRO-LAB’s Black Mold Test Kit utilizes patented laboratory analytical method for accuracy and reliability. Our simple do-it-yourself test indicates the presence of mold within 48 hours. Optional lab analysis is available, which identifies the type of mold present. To help detect the possibility of mold, do you notice any of the following?
- Discoloration or black mold on baseboards, wallboards, or wallpaper.
- Cracks in shower tile, lack of caulking, loose toilet seal, leaks under sink
- Carpet and padding in direct contact with concrete slab
- Poorly maintained or dirty air conditioning/heating vents and filters
- Damp basement or crawl space
- Water penetration (water marks on walls, mold spots on walls)
- Musty/ moldy odor
If you answered YES to any of the above questions, then you could be EXPOSED TO TOXIC BLACK MOLD!
The PRO-LAB Professional Mold Test Kit (patented) is designed to detect dangerous molds that may be in your home or office. The test kit offers four (4) different analytical sampling methods.
Dust sampling METHOD 1: (vacuum WITH hose required)
Remove sampling cassette from the plastic bag. Remove the white caps from both ends of the sampling cassette. Attach the cassette directly to the end of your vacuum hose or use the universal white hose adapter provided. The universal adapter is reversible. After you have attached the cassette to the end of your vacuum cleaner hose, turn on and vacuum your carpet(s), rug(s), floors, mattress, pillows and pillowcases, upholstery, A/C filter, furnace filter or drapes. Continue to vacuum until you have enough fine dust to fill the collection chamber as much as possible (Minimum of 5 minutes). Once the chamber is full, hold the vacuum hose upright to prevent the dust from falling out of the collection chamber. Shut off vacuum, replace the two white caps, place the sampling cassette back in the plastic bag and proceed to the lab results directions.
Dust sampling METHOD 2: (vacuum WITHOUT hose)
(Alternative dust collection method to determine if toxic mold spores are present)
Remove sampling cassette from the plastic bag. Stand the cassette on a flat surface and remove only the top white cap. Scoop the fine dust from your vacuum cleaner’s bag, or cyclone cylinder. Place the fine dust in the hole on the top of the collection chamber of the cassette. Fill the collection chamber as much as possible. Once the chamber is full, replace the white cap. Place the sampling cassette back in the plastic bag and proceed to the lab results directions.
VISIBLE MOLD SAMPLING METHOD: (Use Swab Mold Only)
(To determine the type of mold growth that is visible on a surface)
Locate the visible mold growth. Take the enclosed sterile swab and wipe the tip across the visible mold growth. Mold must adhere to the swab tip. Once sampling is complete, place the swab back in the plastic bag and proceed to the lab results directions.
BULK SAMPLING METHOD: (Mold Only)
(To determine the type of mold that is visible and growing on a piece substrate or material)
Place a small piece of the sample to be tested (1 inch x 1 inch of either drywall, wallpaper, molding, ceiling tile) inside the plastic bag and proceed to the lab results directions.
After the 48 hour incubation period, you may choose to send your sample to PRO-LAB for a detailed analysis ($40) of the type of mold present. This information will be useful to determine an individuals allergy treatment and the cleaning or removal of the mold.
Why Should I Worry ?
Exposure to mold is not healthy for anyone but the following individuals are at a higher risk for adverse health effects: infants, children, elderly, immune compromised patients, pregnant women, and individuals with existing respiratory conditions. When inhaled, even in small amounts, mold can cause a wide range of health problems including respiratory problems (wheezing), nasal and sinus congestion, watery and red eyes, nose and throat irritation, skin irritation, aches and pains, fevers, asthma, emphysema and in some cases even death.
How Can You Be Exposed To Mold?
When moldy materials become damaged or disturbed, spores (reproductive bodies similar to seeds) can be released into the air. The following are sources of indoor moisture that may cause mold problems in your home or office: flooding, leaky roofs, humidifiers, damp basements or crawl spaces, constant plumbing leaks, house plants, steam from cooking, shower/bath steam and leaks, wet clothes, and clothes dryers vented indoors. Protection…Testing Is Your First Line Of Defense
To find out if mold is a problem in your home or office, you must conduct a mold test!
The PRO-LAB Mold Test Kit utilizes a patented laboratory analytical method for accuracy and reliability. The easy to use do-it-yourself test allows you to determine whether toxic mold spores are in the air that your breath. Visual sampling may also be conducted. Optional lab analysis is available to indicate the type of mold present.
The Black Mold Stachybotrys Chartarum (atra)
Stachybotrys Chartarum (atra) is a greenish-black toxic mold that colonizes particularly well in high-cellulose material, such as straw, hay, wet leaves, dry wall, carpet, wall paper, fiber-board, ceiling tiles, thermal insulation, etc. Stachbotrys, before drying, is wet and slightly slimy to touch. There are about 15 species of Stachybotrys, known throughout the world. This toxic mold grows in areas where the relative humidity is above 55%. This type of mold does not grow on plastic, vinyl, concrete products, or ceramic tiles. It is not found in the green mold on bread or the black mold on the shower tiles.
Stachybotrys produces a mycotoxin that causes human mycotoxicosis.
This type of mold is thought to be a possible cause of the sick building syndrome. Children’s exposure to Stachybotrys spores are thought most likely to cause pulmonary hemosiderosis (bleeding in the lungs). The following is a list of symptoms associated with exposure to Stachybotrys mold spores:
- Respiratory problems, such as wheezing, and difficulty in breathing
- Nasal and sinus congestion
- Eyes-burning, watery, reddened, blurry vision, light sensitivity
- Dry, hacking cough
- Sore throat
- Nose and throat irritation
- Shortness of breath
- Chronic fatigue
- Skin irritation
- Central nervous system problems (constant headaches, memory problems, and mood changes)
- Aches and pains
- Possible fever
- Possible hemosiderosis
- Immune suppression