call now for mold testingBlack mold in the house may cause serious health problems. Test for black mold today!

Where to test for black mold in the house

Black mold in the house can appear in various places such as the bathroom, on windows around the windowsills, on ceiling tiles, in the basement and on wood. Not every mold that appears black is “toxic black mold” and that is why for your peace of mind, mold testing is recommended.

Why Test? Testing will tell if you have black mold in your house

Black mold on baseboard

Black mold on baseboard

Visible black mold around windows, on the walls, on wood or ceiling does not mean the type of mold referred to as “black mold” or Stachybotrys chartarum is present. As mentioned above majority of molds in the house may appear black but they are not Stachybotrys chartarum. The only way to tell if you have the toxic type of black mold or not is to send a sample to a laboratory for testing.

Instructions on testing for visible mold

No special mold test kit required to collect a sample of mold. All you need is clear scotch tape.

  • Cut off approximately 2-3 inches long of clear scotch tape.
  • Hold tape at one end and place sticky side down onto the surface with visible mold growth and press gently.
  • Remove tape and stick it onto a ziplock bag (Do not fold the tape).
  • Number each tape and identify the sites sampled. For example:
    • Tape 1: Basement, east wall.
    • Tape 2: Window sill, master bedroom.
    • Tape 3: Ceiling tile, kitchen.
  • Enclose samples in an envelope or bag

Tip: If you see mold growth in more than one place (say kitchen, bathroom, bedroom and basement), we recommend taking a minimum of 3 samples. This because the black mold in the bathroom is highly likely to be different from that in the basement or kitchen or ceiling.

Submit the samples together with the following information:

  • Name
  • Address
  • Phone
  • Fax (if available)
  • Email address
  • The date the sample was collected

Mail or deliver samples to:

Mold & Bacteria Consulting Laboratories (MBL) Inc.
1020 Brevik Place, Unit 1A
Mississauga, ON  L4W 4N7
Canada

Sample Analysis Cost…..$50 per sample

What you get:

  • Complete lab report with names of molds identified
  • Results interpretation
  • 15-minute free consultation (if requested) with one of our microbiologists
  • Turnaround Time: 2-3 working days

Tip: If you see mold growth in more than one place (say kitchen, bathroom, bedroom and basement), we recommend taking a minimum of 3 samples. This because the black mold in the bathroom is highly likely to be different from that in the basement or kitchen or ceiling.

How to test for mold in the air

professional mold test kit

Professional Air Sampling Pump

If you cannot see visible mold in your house but you detect musty odor especially in the basement or bathroom, then you could test the air in your house for mold. Air testing for mold can be performed by professionals for you or you can do it yourself using the same mold test kits and laboratories used by the professionals. The advantage of air testing is that it helps to determine whether there is hidden mold growth and also whether your family is exposed to airborne black mold spores. The only difference between hiring a professional and collecting samples and sending them directly to the laboratory yourself is that you save a lot of money.
Order for Black Mold in Air Test Kit…..$116 + Shipping

 

 

The Package Fee Includes:

  • RENTAL of a professional Air-Sampling Equipment and sampling Instructions (24 Hours rental only),
  • One air sampling cartridge,
  • Analysis of one Air Sample (see the “tip” below),
  • Lab report,
  • Results interpretation,
  • 15-minute free consultation (if requested) with one of our microbiologists,
  • Turnaround Time: 2-3 working days.

Tip: To be sure whether your family is exposed to airborne toxic black mold spores or not, we recommend taking a minimum of 3 air samples. One from the outdoor (control sample) and 2 from indoors (for example living room and one of the bedrooms). Each additional sample is $66.

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