Whole House Mold Kits Video

A moldy house makes everyone irritable. It can cause sinus problems, trigger allergies, asthma, and other respiratory problems. Welcome to the MoldCheck™ Whole House Indoor Mold Screening Kit. This video will guide you through the process of using the kit to test your home for mold. The contents of the kit are: test films, activator solution vials, a sampling swab, a liquid spreader, and the incubator box. Do not discard the plastic box as it will be used later on. The kit also comes with do-it-yourself, easy to use, color, step-by- step instructions to refer to before, during, and after your testing. You’ll need plastic tape, a marker or pen, and a pair of scissors.

The first thing you are going to do is label the test film with a pen on the bottom edge. Label each film accordingly for each different room or space you are testing. Be sure to test all occupied spaces in your home so that you’ll be able to do a visual comparison, which will help you identify the areas in your home that have the most mold.

Let’s start with the bathroom. Using a magazine, stir up the air on the floor at the spot you are going to test. Quickly wave the magazine a few times just above the floor making sure you don’t hit the floor. Lay the film on the floor and open the film by only touching the corners. Do not touch the inside of the film. Tug the film fully open and tape down one corner. Do not separate the top from the bottom.

After an hour or so close the film and carry it to a table. Clip off the tip of the vial of activator solution and squeeze it on to the center of the bottom film. Next, spread the activator liquid by placing the plastic liquid spreader on top of the closed film and press down firmly for three to five seconds. The liquid will spread into a circle between the sheets of the film. The film is now activated and can be placed in the incubator box. Repeat this process for each room you wish to test.

Remove the films from the box and line them up to compare the mold growth in each room of your home.

Now let’s look at the results. This group of films are for growth at day four and five of the testing. Each black dot is a mold spore growing into a colony. Small dark spots are young mold colonies while the larger spots with fuzzy edges are the mature colonies. The spots may change to various colors and each color is a different mold. Look for the films with the highest counts. Now return to one or two rooms at the highest mold counts and begin your inspection using the Building Detective Guide included in your kit.

It is now a very simple to compare all the rooms in your home and find the areas with the most mold counts.

For more in-depth mold testing such as black mold, use the included swab for a surface mold test. Swab the area you want to test and then wipe the swab onto the film in an X pattern. Next, follow the same steps for the regular mold testing to get your results. When your test films are ready, place two samples next to each other to compare your results. This method proves that in one case, the swab sample collected live mold contamination and in the other case, just wood staining or soot we at home health science hope a this kit will help you spot any potential mold problems in your home so that all of its occupants are healthy and happy

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