Mold Growth Lab

www.moldgrowthlab.com

Grow, count, and identify only living mold spores in
 your self-collected surface and air samples worldwide,
 both before and after mold remediation.


Email phil@moldinspector.com

Phone Toll-Free 866-300-1616 cell 480-310-7970

 



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Do It Yourself Mold Testing Steps

You can do your own effective mold testing of your home, workplace, commercial building, church, or other building anywhere in the USA, Canada, Asia, Europe, South America, Central America, Caribbean nations, or anywhere else in the world by using your choice of:---
(1) Mold Growth Lab surface samplers; (2)
Mold Growth Lab Petri lab dishes; and (3) physical mold samples (“bulk” samples collected from moldy building materials), as explained below---
 
1. Mold Growth Lab Surface Samplers

Mold Growth Lab surface samplers are an easy, inexpensive, and effective way to do mold sampling anywhere in the world when you---
  
(1) See mold growing on a wall, ceiling, floor, carpeting, furniture, on the duct wall inside a heating/cooling air supply register, or other surface;
  
(2) Want to know whether a particular stain, discoloration, or mystery substance on the wall or another surface is actually mold growth;
  
(3) Experienced recent flooding or water leaks in your home or building, or if you smell mold
(the digestive gas emitted by mold eating the home or building) and want to test a number of surfaces upon which elevated levels of airborne mold spores may have landed or been deposited, such as on walls, window sills, window and door trim, refrigerator top, kitchen cabinet tops, undusted furniture, carpeting, heating/cooling duct registers, and the return air filter in the heating/cooling system; and/or

(4) Want to test the inside walls of heating/cooling air supply ducts for the possible presence of elevated levels of mold spores.
 
For all mold samples taken---
 

(1) While doing surface mold sampling, protect yourself against both airborne and surface-infesting mold spores by wearing disposable gloves, eye goggles with no holes (“chem. splash”), a low-cost (US $3) N-95 breathing mask ("nurse type" available at most pharmacies, safety stores, hardware and home improvement stores) or, better yet, a 3M breathing respirator with volatile organic filters from a home improvement or hardware store, and full body protective coveralls with parka hood (available online or by phone order from Mold Mart). Please read additional safety mold testing tips at http://www.moldinspector.com/mold_removal.htm;  
  
(2) Number ("1, 2, 3, etc.") and record the precise testing location (e.g., "west living room wall") for each Surface Sampler test onto the Mold Growth Lab Chain of Custody lab form. The Chain of Custody is the lab form that is completed by the mold sample collector (occupant, tenant, property owner, landlord, employer, mold inspector, or other concerned party), who collects the mold samples and records the details of each mold sampling on this form. This form also serves to document both the transfer of custody of the mold samplings directly from the sample collector to the
Mold Growth Lab, and the receipt of the samples by the lab. Be sure to put your name, complete physical address of the mold tested property, your email address, and your phone number on the Chain of Custody so that you can receive the mold lab results by email seven days after the culturing and growing of of your submitted mold samples.

Follow these easy steps for do-it-yourself  Mold Growth Lab surface samplers---

Bio-Tape™ Surface Sampler
The surface sampler consists of a flexible plastic microscopic slide with a pre-defined adhesive area. A center line marker on the slide aids the collector in locating the center of the adhesive when taking the sample. Each sampler is provided
with a unique serial number for traceability and it is placed into a slide mailer to prevent cross-contamination.

Sampling procedure---


1. Remove the slide from the provided slide mailer.
2. Document the sample location and test number on the slide label and then immediately put that information on the
    Chain of Custody lab form.
3. Peel off the protective liner from the slide to expose the adhesive.
4. Place the slide with the adhesive side down onto the surface to be sampled. Use the centering line to orient the exact
    sample location desired.
5. Gently press the slide downward to ensure that contact is made. Do not press hard because the adhesive is very tacky
    and only needs to be pressed gently.
6. Carefully remove the slide from the surface and place it back into the slide mailer. Do not replace the plastic "peel"
    liner.
7. Close the slide mailer to send it to Mold Growth Lab's partner lab, along with your Lab Fee Payment Receipt.

Buy Mold Growth Lab Surface Samplers---only $25.00 for first ten samplers, with discount for higher quantities, including delivery by U.S. Post Office priority mail anywhere in the USA. For delivery outside of the USA, get the delivered price by emailing phil@moldinspector.com. You can purchase Mold Growth Lab surface samplers by phoning Phillip Fry toll-free 866-300-1616 or cell phone 480-310-7970, or by using your credit or debit card through this PayPal payment link---

Surface Sampler Quantity Discounts

Additional surface sampler instructions---

(1) Some of the best horizontal and vertical locations to test with a surface sampler are inside heating/ventilating/air conditioning ducts and grills, and on walls, ceilings, floors, fireplace mantle, window sill, top of kitchen cabinets, top-side of a ceiling fan, and topside of door or window wood trim. Do a sampling of a carpeted or rug area by pressing the surface sampler very firmly and deeply into the carpet or rug pile to collect any mold spores deposited therein. Sampling horizontal and vertical surfaces will enable you to collect mold spores that have been deposited or landed onto each sampling location;
  
(2) You should definitely apply surface samplers to the inside side wall(s) of one or more heating/air conditioning air duct registers (remove the grill, if possible, to have full access for the sampling).  If the home or building is mold infested anywhere in the building, so will be the heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC) ducts and equipment. Mold-infested HVAC ducts and equipment continually distribute elevated levels of airborne mold spores throughout the home or building, and thus causing widespread mold cross contamination. You can also do a 24 hour test of a HVAC system by taping a surface sampler onto the front of the grill so that the sticky surface is exposed to the outward air flow coming out of the register. Then run the heating/cooling system for 24 hours (with the HVAC system’s operation automatically controlled by setting the thermostat at the normal temperature you heat or cool your home or building). In addition, do surface sampling of the outside (room-side) surface of the HVAC return air duct filter.

(3)
Pay for 7 Day Live Culture Growth and Mold Lab Analysis of Each Surface Sampler, Petri Lab Dish, and Bulk Sample for Mold Species Identification and Quantification by our fully-accredited and highly-experienced partner mold analysis lab. Upon your online or phone payment, you will receive via email our Lab Fee Payment Receipt (with our lab partner's mailing address), to which you will mail or FedEx your Surface Samplers, Lab Petri Dishes, and/or Physical Samples collected from anywhere in the world. Only $40.00 for each sample analyzed for mold species identification and quantification.

(4) If you have mold testing or mold lab questions, please email mold consultant Phillip Fry phil@moldinspector.com or phone Phillip Toll-Free 866-300-1616 Monday through Saturday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. eastern time in the USA and Canada.  International callers can phone Phillip's cell phone USA 1-480-310-7970, or the lab's office phone USA 1-810-639-0523.

2. Mold Growth Lab Petri Dishes

Picture of mold lab petri dish from Mold Growth Lab.
Petri dish with resulting mold colony growth after mold sampling.

Petri dishes can be used to mold test: (a) room air for possible elevated levels of airborne mold spores, in comparison to an outdoor control test; (b) outward air flow from heating/cooling air duct registers for possible elevated levels of airborne mold spores, in comparison to an outdoor control test; and (c) the place to put the sticky side of a Surface Sampler or bulk physical sample to begin the seven day mold culture growth to determine if there are living mold spores in the collected sample.

►Buy Mold Growth Lab Petri Lab Dishes---only $30.00 for first three dishes, with discount for higher quantities, including delivery by U.S. Post Office priority mail anywhere in the USA. For delivery outside of the USA, get the delivered price by emailing phil@moldinspector.com. You can purchase Mold Growth Lab surface samplers by phoning Phillip Fry toll-free 866-300-1616 or cell phone 480-310-7970, or by using your credit or debit card through this PayPal payment link---

Petri Lab Dishes Quantity Discounts

3. Physical Mold Samples ("Bulk samples")

(1) As an excellent alternative to lift tape sampling, you can cut out a two inch by two inch-sized physical sample of the actual building material in which the mold is growing---e.g., drywall, wood, ceiling tiles, carpeting, carpet padding, upholstery, HVAC return air filter, or other surfaces;

(2) While cutting out the physical mold sample, you should wear disposable gloves, eye goggles with no holes (“chem. splash”), a low-cost (US $3) N-95 breathing mask ("nurse type" available at most pharmacies, safety stores, hardware and home improvement stores). Please read additional safety mold testing tips at http://www.moldinspector.com/mold_removal.htm;  

(3) Place each physical bulk sample collected into a separate Ziplock or other sealable plastic bag;

(4) Attach to the outside of the Ziplock bag a large adhesive label with the sample collector’s name, date of sampling, complete property address of the tested building, the precise testing location at that address (e.g., “air conditioning duct register in living room”), testing method (“bulk sample”), and the name, postal address, email address, phone number, fax number (if any), and email address of the person submitting the sample to the mold analysis lab;

(5) Number and record the precise physical sampling test location (e.g., "bathroom drywall") for each collected physical mold sample and any other mold tests done or collected onto the Chain of Custody Lab Form. The Chain of Custody is the mold laboratory form that is completed by the mold sample collector (occupant, tenant, property owner, landlord, employer, mold inspector, or other concerned party), who collects the mold samples and records the details of each mold sampling on this form. This form also serves to document both the transfer of custody of the mold samplings directly from the sample collector to the Mold Growth Lab, and the receipt of the samples by the lab. Be sure to put your name, complete postal address of the tested property, your email address, and your phone number on the Chain of Custody so that you can receive the mold lab results promptly by email after the 7 day culture growth time period.

(6) Pay for and get your Lab Fee Payment Receipt (which has our partner lab's mailing address) by phoning your credit or debit card details to Phillip Fry Toll-Free 1-866-300-1616 Monday through Saturday in the USA and Canada.  International callers can phone USA 480-310-7970. Alternatively, you can use your credit or debit card on the PayPal payment link below---


(7) Mail (priority or first class mail) or FedEx your physical mold growth samples ("bulk samples") to the certified and accredited mold analysis lab at the USA lab address specified and included on your Lab Fee Payment Receipt, along with a photocopy of your lab fee receipt, which is emailed to you upon your payment of the lab fee(s).

(8) If you have mold testing or lab questions, please email mold consultant Phillip Fry phil@moldinspector.com or phone Phillip Toll-Free
866-300-1616
Monday through Saturday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. eastern time in the USA and Canada.  International callers can phone
USA Phillip's cell phone 480-310-7970 or the lab's office phone 810-639-0523.

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