Black Mold Testing, Inspectors, Remediation
BLACK MOLD CLEAN-UP GUIDES, KITS, CONSULTANTS, REMEDIATORS
Self Help Guides and Kits:
For a do-it-yourself
Mold testing or Laboratory test kit.
* Go to Google.com and do a search to find a mold consultant — Search for "Mold Testing", "Mold Test Kits", "Mold Remediation" and add your state.
* Go to Yellow Pages and look under laboratories — Testing or Environmental Consultants.
Costs: $500 to $1000/Day
Home Inspectors and Mold Investigators:
* Go to the Yellow Pages to find a "certified" Home Inspector for the specific
purpose of finding the source of the leak so you can have the condition fixed.
Costs: $150.00 to $300.00
NOTE: You may have difficulty finding a home inspector who will agree to inspect for mold because his business liability insurance may not cover this service. SO — Don’t ask for a mold inspection — what you want is a moisture leak inspection. If he finds the moisture, condensation or leak source and pathway, you’ll know where to find the mold you need to clean up.
We have found that health departments throughout the country generally do not take an active role in indoor air quality issues and specifically do not have tools or training on indoor mold investigations. They will often investigate rental housing and take action on if they find mold growing on wet walls, ceilings, or rugs.
Black Mold Testing Laboratories:
Research and laboratory experience have shown that there are many common families of black mold that colonize building materials.
Some of these most common black-appearing molds which grow on building materials are:
- Black Mold species of Alternaria
- Black Mold species of Aspergillus
- Black Mold species of Cladosporium
- Black Mold species of Epicococcum
- Black Mold species of Memnoniella*
- Black Mold species of Stachybotrys*
- Black Mold species of Trichoderma
*Note that of these black molds, only Stachybotrys and Memnoniella are reported to be toxic. Any or all of these molds can be mixed together on a contaminated surface and will be very costly to sort out and identify.
Even species of Penicillium, which are dark gray-green or blue-green, can look like black mold contamination on various building materials and can be "toxic" in high levels in the air.